Canada and Ontario Extend Public Consultations on Draft Action Plan to Reduce Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Erie

This is to inform you that the public comment period for the Canada-Ontario Draft Action Plan for Lake Erie has been extended by an additional 15 days. The new deadline to submit comments is Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

Please submit your comments through Canada’s engagement platform or Ontario’s Environmental Registry

We look forward to your comments and working with you to develop the Action Plan for Lake Erie.

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Le Canada et l’Ontario prolongent les consultations publiques sur le plan d’action provisoire pour réduire la prolifération d’algues nuisibles dans le lac Érié

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Earth Day Celebration Along Little River

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago and the next best time is today.”

~Chinese Proverb~

On Sunday, 23 April, the Windsor-Essex community celebrated Earth Day 2017 by planting 2205 trees and shrubs. We moved to a new location this year in the Little River Corridor Park. Planting took place on both sides of the Ganatchio Trail south of Wyandotte Street East.

Over 1,000 accurate community volunteers participated in this event! Volunteers worked from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Mother Nature provided an outstanding day for planting trees: sunny with a clear, blue sky and mild temperatures over the morning. In other words, it was a wonderful Spring day to plant trees and shrubs!

The species of trees we planted included: White Oak, Pin Oak, Hackberry, Red Oak, American Elm, Burr Oak, Sycamore, Swamp White Oak, Silver Maple, Shumard Oak, Tulip Tree and Eastern Cottonwood.

Little River Corridor Park, between Riverside Drive and McHugh Street, has now benefitted from the planting of 15709 trees and shrubs since May 1990. The recreation trails throughout the area will permit people to make the much needed connection with nature; they may even be lucky enough to experience the different species of wildlife that call this area home.

Wildlife observed in the area included: Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Red-winged Blackbird, Eastern Cottontail and Mallard Duck. In the stormwater retention pond, the Mute Swan displayed aggressive behaviour toward the Canada Goose; the swan’s wings were uplifted and curved as it swam toward the goose, the goose’s head was lowered as it swam away from the swan. Eventually, the goose flew away and the swan owned the pond. A wildlife highlight for the day for Ian was seeing the Bald Eagles that were nesting nearby. One was in the nest and the other was flying in a big circle around the nest. We see this as nature sending the tree planters a message of approval: “When a pair of Bald Eagles decided to build their nest in the Little River Watershed, we took that as a validation that all of our efforts have been worthwhile.”

Planning for the event was done by the Essex Region Conservation Authority, Detroit River Canadian Cleanup Committee and the City of Windsor. DRCC funded the trees via the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change. Event organizers appreciated the efforts from the 15 How To Crew volunteers who were an incredible force for planting trees.

Whenever people do something good to make the Earth a better place to live, they can go home satisfied that they have made a difference.

Event report written by Ian Naisbitt, the Chair of Little River Enhancement Group and the Education and Public Involvement Group with the DRCC.

Earth Day Gallery


Volunteers clear litter along the Little River corridor

The CodeGreen group from Caesars Windsor chose to clean up the Twin Oaks Parkland site again. The Little River flows north through this site in East Windsor. This location is immediately south of E. C. Row Expressway, east of Lauzon Parkway and north of the Canadian Pacific Railroad tracks. Plans were made to cleanup on Tuesday, 4 April, however Mother Nature made other arrangements. Gina Pannunzio wrote:
The Little River Cleanup scheduled for this evening has been cancelled due to inclement weather and poor site conditions. The entire area is under 2 feet (60 centimetres) of water at the moment, and it would be difficult to collect litter due to how muddy and wet the ground is. We are likely going to reschedule the cleanup for next Tuesday, April 11th 2017 from 5pm to 7pm and will follow-up with those details as soon as they are confirmed with our other partners. If you are able to attend next week, please let me know and we can count you in for dinner.”
On Tuesday, 11 April, over 50 volunteers participated in the cleanup event. Mother Nature cooperated this time: mix of sun and cloud (mostly cloud), with daytime temps at 18 C, wind southwest 20 km/ h and gusting to 50 (wind chill)! Overall, a wonderful day for a cleanup. Our eager volunteers cleaned up from 5 to 7:00 p.m. This was the 6th time community volunteers have cleaned up rubbish from the Twin Oaks area.
Along with the CodeGreen group, there were volunteers from the City of Windsor, the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup Committee, Computers for Kids, Essex County Nature and the Little River Enhancement Group. This vigorous working group collected an impressive pile of garbage. The parkland looks a lot better because of our efforts.
List of Garbage from Little River Cleanup Event # 39:
Asphalt roofing shingles;
Automobile floor mats, plastic bumper and grill and tires;
Bags of litter (several);
Basketball net, post and base;
Concrete sidewalk pieces;
Industrial conveyor belt;
Landscaping cloth;
Patio stones;
Plastic items: bottles, jugs, toolbox, garden sprayer, flower planter and pails;
Plywood pieces and other construction wood;
Railroad ties;
Shopping cart;
Snowmobile rubber track;
Swimming pool ladder, coping and hose;
Wood fence posts with concrete base;
Wood pallets
We always try to record our wildlife sightings as well: Turkey Vulture, Mallard Ducks (nesting), Eastern Cottontail, baby mole, American Robin, Mourning Dove, family of mice, Canada Goose pair and an unidentified frog that jumped into the standing water of a wheel rut.
Our partnership appreciates CodeGreenfor mobilizing their volunteers and helping to coordinating this cleanup event. They have expressed an interest to clean up the Hawthorne site again in the autumn. We look forward to working with them in the future. Also, we would like to express a big thank you to the City of Windsor/ Parks Division for hauling the garbage away; placing the cement barriers and assisting our group with the cleanup. Together, our partnership will endeavour to create a natural area that will improve the ecosystem health of the Little River and Detroit River Watersheds.

Event report written by Ian Naisbitt, the President of Little River Enhancement Group and the Chair of the Education and Public Involvement Group with the DRCC.

Media Coverage

Litter Cleanup Gallery

ACT Recycling Day

Act-Recycle-day-instagram-graphic-2017Here’s your opportunity to start some spring cleaning! Simply visit the drive-thru drop-off located in the Devonshire Mall parking lot, 9am-5pm. Recycle your computers, batteries, phones, DVD players, TVs, gently used clothing, bicycles, tires (limit of 4), microwaves, old medication and more! And be sure to visit the environmental displays in the mall, including DRCC, ERCA, City of Windsor, and Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority!  Download the list of recyclables that are accepted at the event here and a copy of the event flyer to share!

Caesars Windsor’s CodeGreen to Clean Little River Watershed

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Caesars Windsor’s CodeGreen to Clean Little River Watershed

Windsor – Caesars Windsor’s CodeGreen team of employees will partner with the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup, the City of Windsor and the Little River Enhancement Group to remove litter along a portion of the Little River watershed near the Twin Oaks industrial complex on Wednesday, April 4 from 5pm – 7pm.  

Caesars Windsor’s CodeGreen is a comprehensive environmental strategy that focuses on critical issues of energy, waste, water and carbon management throughout the company’s resorts. CodeGreen teams at each property implement grassroots programs aimed to enhance energy efficiencies, reduce impact on natural resources and improve waste streams.

The Detroit River Canadian Cleanup implements the Remedial Action Plan on behalf of a community-based partnership working together to protect, restore and enhance the Detroit River ecosystem. The federal, provincial and municipal government, local industries, scientific researchers, local environmental organizations and many dedicated citizens are key partners and play an important role in the cleanup process. The DRCC’s member organizations provide leadership in identifying partnerships and funding opportunities to support and implement clean up goals.

The media are invited to attend.


Attachments: Event site Map and Parking at Munich Court.

PDF: CodeGreen Cleanup Map Event Location Parking in Munich Court


Jhoan Baluyot

Manager of PR and Communications

Caesars Windsor

377 Riverside Dr E

1.800.991.7777 ext. 22896


Claire Sanders

Detroit River Remedial Action Plan Coordinator

Detroit River Canadian Cleanup

311-360 Fairview Avenue West  519-776-5209 ext. 356

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