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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Rotary (1918) Centennial Hub To Connect Regional Trails  

Posted on June 20, 2017

Windsor – The Rotary Club of Windsor (1918) announced a $225,000 contribution to create a significant project to commemorate their Centennial Anniversary.  The Rotary (1918) Centennial Hub is a three kilometre trail and community entrance near Howard Avenue and Laurier Drive which will connect the Chrysler Canada Greenway, Herb Gray Parkway Trails and the Town of LaSalle Trails. Rotary (1918) will celebrate its 100th birthday next year, and is undertaking several legacy projects to mark this momentous occasion.  “In searching for legacy...

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Paddling events to highlight Detroit River Watershed

Posted on May 8, 2017

As part of a national effort to recognize and celebrate Canada’s Heritage Rivers, as well as the country’s 150th birthday, the Essex Region Conservation Authority and a number of local partners will host free paddling events throughout the Detroit River watershed on Sunday, June 4. Amateur and expert paddlers alike will have the opportunity to explore the Detroit River, and a number of its tributaries, alongside professional guides. “This event is perfect for those who don’t typically get the chance to explore these waterways,”...

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Flood Watch Update

Posted on May 5, 2017

The previously issued FLOOD WARNING (issued at 6:30 pm Thursday, May 4, 2017) related to lake flooding along the east shoreline of the Municipality of Leamington is cancelled. The Previously issued FLOOD WATCH (issued at 3:30 pm on Wednesday May 3, 2017) is updated as follows: The Essex Region Conservation Authority advises that, due to the wet ground conditions and the continuing storm event that is predicted to produce a total of 45 mm to 55 mm of rainfall through Saturday, the potential for flooding exists throughout the entire region...

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