Flood Warning in effect

Posted on March 20, 2018

Flooding is occurring along portions of the shoreline in the Municipality of Leamington located between Wheatley Harbour and Point Pelee National Park. Due to continuing winds out of the northeast blowing at 30 to 40 km/hr, with gusts to 60 km/hr, flooding is presently occurring within the Cotterie Park Road area. In the affected area, portions of the traveled road surface and private lands are covered with water. Flooding, shoreline erosion and damaging waves may also impact other shoreline areas today and tomorrow along the east shoreline of...

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Flood Watch in Effect

Posted on March 19, 2018

The Essex Region Conservation Authority advises that, northeast winds are forecast to continue tonight, tomorrow and into Wednesday morning with sustained speeds of 30 to 45 km/hr and the potential for wind gusts reaching 60 km/hr. Based on the wind forecast and the existing elevated Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair water elevations, a possibility of flooding, shoreline erosion and damaging waves exists along portions of the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair shorelines. The potential areas most significantly impacted along the Lake Erie shoreline are...

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Conservation Authorities Support Plan to Clean Up Lake Erie

Posted on February 27, 2018

Essex Region – The Essex Region Conservation Authority, along with the eight other Conservation Authorities that work in the Lake Erie watershed, is pleased with the recently released Lake Erie Action Plan to reduce phosphorus in Lake Erie by 40 percent. “As the western basin of Lake Erie is particularly susceptible to Harmful Algal Blooms, our region experiences the impacts of phosphorus and these related HABs more than any other,” explains Richard Wyma, ERCA’s General Manager.  “In addition to the obvious environmental...

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Maple Syrup Festival Kicks Off the Sweet Taste of Spring

Posted on February 23, 2018

Essex– The John R. Park Homestead’s sweet slate of spring events kicks off on Sunday, March 4 with the region’s premier Maple Syrup Festival, from 11am to 4pm. Festival-goers will enjoy a wide-range of maple-themed activities. Visitors will enjoy the bilingual Science of Maple exhibit, which gives insight into how maple trees produce sap and the process of turning it into syrup. Ashley Moffat will be in the parlour offering up some music for all ages at 1pm and 3pm, and with sales of her new CD, Habitat. Tapping toes to Moffat’s Maple...

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Essex Region Conservation to Aid in Battle Against Oak Wilt

Posted on February 21, 2018

Essex Region – The Essex Region Conservation Authority will join in the active battle to protect our local forests from the impacts of Oak Wilt, a serious vascular disease of Oak tree species.  “In our region Oak trees are a significant component to our Carolinian forests,” explains Rob Davies, ERCA’s Forester.  “If Oak Wilt did become established here, all of our natural areas would be at risk of being negatively impacted. Many of these natural areas contain endangered habitats such as Pin and Black Oak Savanna, unique to all of...

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Essex Region Conservation Confirms 2018 Priorities

Posted on February 15, 2018

Essex Region – The Essex Region Conservation Authority confirmed its priority projects and programs to create a healthier and more sustainable environment for 2018 as it unanimously passed its annual budget on February 15. 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 it has planned for the coming...

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Marsh Monitoring Program Recruiting Participants to Help Assess Wetland Health

Posted on February 13, 2018

Windsor – The marshes of the Great Lakes play an important role in our lives.  They filter sediments and toxins out of our water, moderate the impacts of drought and flood, and house and feed a myriad of wildlife species. The U.S. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Environment and Climate Change Canada have provided funding to increase wetland survey coverage in the Windsor-Essex area. To achieve this, the Marsh Monitoring Program (MMP) is offering an Orientation and Training Session through the City of Windsor and Essex Region...

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Essex Region Conservation to Meet

Posted on February 12, 2018

Essex Region –The Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) will hold the regular meeting of its Board of Directors on Thursday, February 15 at 6:00 pm at the Essex Civic and Education Centre, 360 Fairview Avenue West, Essex.   Agenda items include: Detroit River – Ojibway Shores & Peche Island Oak Wilt Awareness and Prevention Development of Consistent Stormwater Management Guidelines for the Windsor and Essex Region – Project Update Water and Erosion Control Infrastructure Projects 2018 Budget Approval   As well, a...

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Celebrating World Wetlands Day

Posted on February 1, 2018

Essex Region – Around the globe on February 2, World Wetlands Day is recognized.  Wetlands act like kidneys that filter water, cleaning out nutrients like phosphorus and other contaminants.  Locally, nearly 95% of the Essex Region’s original wetlands have been lost since settlement began near the end of the 18th century.   Globally, the theme for 2017 is Wetlands for a Sustainable Future.  “The world’s urban population and the number of mega-cities with more than ten million are growing at a staggering rate. This growth spurt...

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South Coast Adventure Race Registration Open

Posted on February 1, 2018

Essex– Athletes and amateur thrill seekers have yet another chance to get a crash course on the sport of adventure racing at an upcoming Introduction to Adventure Racing Workshop scheduled for February 20 at 6pm at the WFCU Centre in Windsor.   Rob and Andrew Pula will tell attendees everything they need to know to compete in an adventure race. The brothers are long-time adventure athletes with dozens of races under their belts. They will share their wealth of experience on a range of topics, from proper race navigation and nutrition to...

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