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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Essex Region Conservation Honours Award Winners

Posted on January 23, 2018

Essex Region –  Eight organizations and individuals have been honoured with Essex Region Conservation Awards for their efforts in making the Windsor/Essex/Pelee Island region the Place for Life.   “It’s always inspiring to learn more about those who have made tangible contributions to our regional environment,” said Chair Rick Fryer.  “There are so many actions being taken to sustain our region as the Place for Life, and it is a privilege to celebrate them.”  Winners included:   Iler Family – John R. Park Homestead...

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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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