Water Safety Notice

Posted on January 12, 2018

The region’s open waterways have had water flowing over ice and, in certain locations, ice surfaces have ruptured. The ice that has ruptured has moved over and under intact ice. This condition can contribute to ice jamming and result in elevated river water levels. Forecasts are for colder temperatures, which will refreeze waterways, which could aggravate the spring freshette later this year. For the time being, refrozen elevated river locations are a hazard as the refrozen ice will not be consistently supported by river water that had been...

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ERCA outlines 2018 priorities

Posted on December 18, 2017

Essex Region – Initiating a regional Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, improving floodline mapping in response to a changing climate, creating over 100 acres of new habitat including an innovative wetland project and continuing to tackle phosphorus loadings in Lake Erie are just a few of the projects Essex Region Conservation has planned for the coming year. “A robust suite of high priority projects and programs to protect and restore the natural environment of the region will be undertaken,” said Richard Wyma, ERCA’s general...

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New CA will enhance resiliency to climate change

Posted on December 12, 2017

Essex Region – Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA), along with Ontario’s 35 other Conservation Authorities, is pleased to see the Province ensure more resiliency across Ontario watersheds through the passage of Bill 139 which includes a new Conservation Authorities Act (CA Act). “Modernizing this 1946 legislation provides the foundation for Conservation Authorities to strengthen their watershed management role and also develop a more defined role around climate change adaptation,” said Richard Wyma, General Manager. ...

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Union Gas Invests $30,000 in the Place for Life

Posted on November 28, 2017

Amherstburg, ON – Union Gas has donated $30,000 to enriching and sustaining the Windsor-Essex County and Pelee Island region as the Place for Life.  For the next three years, Union Gas will serve as the Gold Sponsor for each of the Essex Region Conservation Foundation’s fundraising events – the Conservation Golf Tournament, Bike Tour and Super Santa Run.  This donation is particularly significant as it kicks off the Foundation’s Giving Tuesday efforts. ”Union Gas is pleased to support the Essex Region Conservation Foundation’s...

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Watershed Conditions Statement: Flood Outlook

Posted on November 17, 2017

Due to existing ground saturation conditions and predicted precipitation, there is an enhanced possibility for flooding across the entire region. Current lake levels are below Flood WATCH notification criteria, however, with the duration of the predicted wind there is the possibility for near shore erosion with wave overtopping and spray. In the areas of direct wave attack, there is also the possibility of potential breakwall damage. The potential areas of the Region most affected by the winds are the south, west and north shorelines of Pelee...

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Flood Watch in Effect

Posted on November 5, 2017

Based on the current wet ground conditions, the potential for flooding exists throughout the region especially in low lying areas adjacent to and within floodplain areas on all major waterways and shoreline areas.  In effect until November 6, 9:00am.

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Nominations Sought for Conservation Awards

Posted on November 2, 2017

Essex Region –  Do you know of an organization or individual who has made a significant environmental contribution to the Essex Region? If so, Essex Region Conservation wants to hear from you.  “Environmental sustainability is critically important to ensuring that our region remains the Place for Life,” says Danielle Breault Stuebing, Director of Communications and Outreach Services. The 2017 Conservation Awards will honour and recognize those in the community who have made outstanding contributions towards improving our natural...

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Flood Watch in Effect

Posted on October 14, 2017

Sustained winds of 40 to 50 km/hr (with the potential for gusts from 70 to 90 km/hr) are predicted to start late tonight from the south-southwest and transition to west-northwest on Sunday through the afternoon and into the evening/overnight hours. During the predicted south, southwest and west winds, a possibility of flooding, shoreline erosion and damaging waves exists along the Lake Erie shoreline on the south and west sides of Pelee Island, the Municipality of Leamington and the Towns of Kingsville, Essex and Amherstburg. During the...

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Only Leamington Remains Under Flood Warning

Posted on October 12, 2017

The Essex Region Conservation Authority advises that, due to sustained winds today being less than forecasted, the FLOOD WATCH issued yesterday at 10:45 am has been CANCELLED for the Lake Erie shoreline on the north and east sides of Pelee Island and along the shoreline of Lake St. Clair in the western portions of the Town of Lakeshore, the Town of Tecumseh and the eastern portions of the City of Windsor. Please note that the FLOOD WARNING issued yesterday at 10:30 am for the Municipality of Leamington remains in effect.

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Flood Watch in effect until October 13

Posted on October 11, 2017

The Essex Region Conservation Authority advises that, due to the existing elevated Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair water elevations and forecasts predicting the continuation of east/northeast winds with sustained speeds of 40 to 50 km/hr, with the potential for wind gusts reaching 60 km/hr, a possibility of flooding, shoreline erosion and damaging waves exists along the Lake Erie shoreline on the north and east sides of Pelee Island and along the shoreline of Lake St. Clair in the western portions of the Town of Lakeshore, the Town of Tecumseh...

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