Flood Warning continues for Windsor & LaSalle

Posted on August 29, 2017

The Essex Region Conservation Authority advises that, the watch issued for the Region has been reinstated as a WARNING for areas of Windsor and LaSalle which are currently receiving significant rainfall. Rainfall amounts are surpassing storm drain capacities for areas throughout the western regions of the city and town. Additional precipitation is forecasted as potential thunderstorm activity. Existing standing water may remain for a significant additional time frame. There will be additional isolated roadway areas that may experience...

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Flood Warning in Effect Until August 30

Posted on August 29, 2017

Please be advised, this Flood Warning has been downgraded to a Flood Watch in the affected areas. The floodwater, which was over various roadways throughout the region this morning, has receded. The Essex Region Conservation Authority advises that there is water over roadways at various locations throughout the region. Isolated heavy thunderstorms through the evening hours have caused local drainage infrastructure to be overwhelmed with run-off resulting from those isolated heavy downpours. The areas most significantly impacted are roadways...

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Festival of Hawks returns to Holiday Beach Conservation Area

Posted on August 28, 2017

Amherstburg– All eyes will be on the skies this September as local birders and nature lovers take in one of North America’s greatest migrations. These watchers will call the Holiday Beach Conservation Area home as they take in a grand spectacle: tens of thousands of hawks and raptors flying overhead on their annual journey to nesting grounds in the south. In recognition of the amazing sight, Essex Region Conservation, in partnership with the Holiday Beach Migration Observatory (HBMO), will host the 2017 Festival of Hawks. The festival,...

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Homestead to Celebrate Lost Arts Festival  

Posted on August 8, 2017

Essex– There is no better way to connect with the past than through the lens of artistry. Join the John R. Park Homestead and a variety of demonstrators for the annual Lost Arts Festival, a unique and family-friendly event to see and experience different forms of artisanship from years gone by. The event, hosted on Sunday, August 13 from Noon to 4pm, has been running since the 1980s. This year, the Homestead invites you to participate in a day of doing things the old-fashioned way in celebration of its 175th anniversary. Watch as the...

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Eclipse Viewing Event at John R. Park Homestead

Posted on August 2, 2017

 Essex Region Conservation will host a family-friendly solar eclipse viewing event, Total Eclipse of the Park (Homestead) at the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area on Monday, August 21st. On this date, North America will have the opportunity to experience an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights – a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun, will stretch from Oregon on the West Coast to South Carolina on the East Coast....

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High Lake Levels Impacting Holiday Beach

Posted on July 12, 2017

Amherstburg – High lake levels have caused significant erosion to the shoreline at Holiday Beach, resulting in limited beachfront and in some cases, downed trees at the popular conservation area. “We’ve experienced this type of erosion before when lake levels were high in 1986,” explains Tim Byrne, ERCA’s Director of Watershed Management Services.  “Once lake levels recede, we do expect that natural processes will eventually allow the beach to be restored.” “There are still many other wonderful experiences available at the...

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Flood Watch – Essex Region until 9:00am July 1, 2017

Posted on June 30, 2017

The Essex Region Conservation Authority advises that a line of strong thunderstorms is predicted to move through the Essex Region over the next few hours. These storms may include flooding downpours with rainfall amounts of 25 to 50 mm and wind gusts of 60 to 80 km/hr. The potential for flooding exists throughout the region especially in low-lying areas adjacent to and within floodplain areas of all major waterways and shoreline areas. People should take extra caution and avoid rivers, ditches, streams and shoreline areas. The combination of...

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Conservation Foundation celebrates 40 years and launches Place For Life Campaign

Posted on June 27, 2017

Windsor – The Essex Region Conservation Foundation (ERCF) celebrated 40 years of remarkable conservation efforts today with the launch of The Place for Life Campaign. This campaign will raise $1 million over three years to support both new and ongoing projects and programs. Place for Life Co-Chairs Susan Stockwell-Andrews and John Omstead along with special guests shared exciting campaign announcements and encouraged guests and community members to  join in the momentum to embrace this place to make it our home, for life. “Forty years...

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UNION GAS HELPS Connect students to nature

Posted on June 23, 2017

Leamington, ON – Union Gas is continuing to help local students reconnect with nature with a $4,000 grant to support ERCA’s Nature in Education program, hands-on outdoor education programs that teach students about cultural heritage, habitats, water, and wildlife using environmental science-based studies. The program, linked to the Ontario curriculum, is aimed at students from kindergarten to Grade 12, and includes field activities such as map courses, hawk banding and stream table experiments at regional Conservation Areas.  More than...

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Flood Outlook – Leamington (to June 26, 2017)

Posted on June 23, 2017

The Essex Region Conservation Authority advises that, due to predicted west winds, with potential sustained speeds of 30 km/hr and gusts to 40 km/hr throughout the weekend and into Monday, June 26, 2017, 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 areas of the Region most affected by west winds are the west shoreline of Pelee Island and along the shoreline of the Municipality of Leamington from the tip of...

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