Detroit River Evening 2018

Many thanks to everyone who came out to the Detroit River Evening on June 14th at the historic Mackenzie Hall in Windsor. There were over 80 people in attendance! We would also like to thank all of the presenters who provided updates including the work being done by Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans on fish communities, indicator species reproductive health and populations, submerged aquatic vegetation, mud and sediment and the overall health of the Detroit River system.
A special thank you goes out to the Windsor Detroit Bridge Authority for hosting the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup’s Steering and Implementation Committee in the afternoon on a tour of the Canadian Port of Entry for the new Gordie Howe Bridge! Speakers representing WDBA also provided an informative update as the keynote presenter on the significant project at the Detroit River Evening.

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Forests Ontario 2018 Community Tree Plant – Windsor

Forests Ontario 2018 – Community Tree Plant – Windsor

Gina Pannunzio, Paul Giroux and Ian Naisbitt

 “Cinco de Mayo!”

 On Saturday, 5 May, the Windsor-Essex community celebrated the “Community Tree Plant” event with Forests Ontario. Essex County Nature was invited to participate by Paul Giroux, City of Windsor Forester. This also marked the end of Arbor Week, so we concluded that celebration by giving ourselves a nickname, “The Closers!”

Along with Forests Ontario, Essex Region Conservation Authority and the City of Windsor, the partnership included: TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Ontario Wood, Thomson Emergency and Enbridge.

This is the sixth consecutive year our group has supported the Forests Ontario initiative; the Tranby Park location has been planted the past 2 last years and we returned this year to further expand the “swamp” woodland in the park. The Little River Enhancement Group will include the trees planted today, 134, in our watershed total of 41869.

Mother Nature provided the perfect planting day: Mr. Golden Sun was shining brilliantly all morning, the UV Index was 6 or high, temps started at 15 C at 9 a.m. and rose to 23 C by noon. There was a brisk breeze of 20 km/ h, gusting to 35 km/ h, enough to keep us cool.

Over 30 hardy community volunteers (children, parents and elders) participated by digging holes; planting and mulching the trees, followed by a tree wrap for protection! Volunteers worked from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Two of the young families filled up the morning by planting trees, enjoying the playground equipment and having lunch at the picnic tables. Another family requested a permanent marker to print the name of a deceased family member on the tree wrap as a memorial. One young lad was very excited to see a Gartersnake. He proceeded to try and catch the slithering creature, but it was much too fast for his hands. The reptile sought refuge in a clump of grass at the base of a tree and vanished.  

The species of trees that we planted included: Burr Oak, Swamp White Oak, Pin Oak, Red Oak, Freeman’s Maple and American Sycamore. These species of trees are happy to have wet feet/ roots; that’s a good thing, because the holes we dug filled in with water quickly! Spring time in Windsor – Essex is notorious for soakers in natural areas. Some unfortunates forgot to wear wellies.

The final site inspection was completed by a natural overseer, a Red-tailed Hawk soared with the wind and circled the site; we believe the supervisor approved of the woodland expansion.   

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A big “Thank You” to the Boy Scout group that participated today, great volunteers!

Also, today was The Cornell Laboratory’s eBird “Global Big Day.” In the future, you can participate by watching for birds on 5 May: You don’t need to be a bird expert, or go out all day long. Even 10 minutes in your backyard will help. Global Big Day runs from midnight to midnight in your local time zone. You can report birds from anywhere in the world. Go to:  for more information.

“We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” ~ALDO LEOPOLD

Forests Ontario Community Planting

Spring is right around the corner, and what better way to “dig in” to the warmer weather than with a fun, free, family-friendly tree planting event! Forests Ontario and local planting partners are excited to invite you, along with your friends and family, to participate in the 2018 Community Tree Plant event happening in Windsor this May.

Trees, shovels, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. This event is suitable for all ages and will take place rain or shine, so dress appropriately! High school students are eligible to receive volunteer hours for participation.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

For questions about the event, call Gina at 519-776-5209 ext. 245

Earth Day 2018 Celebrations in Windsor-Essex

Celebrate Earth Day in the Windsor-Essex Community!

There are many exciting Earth Day events happening in Windsor-Essex this year! Read about them below and contact the organizers for more information.

ACT Recycling Day – Celebrating 10 Years!

Devonshire Mall’s yearly recycling program is celebrating 10 Years on Saturday April 21 2018, from 9am to 5pm!  Here’s your opportunity to start some spring cleaning. Simply visit our drive-thru drop-off located in the Devonshire Mall south-east parking lot near Cineplex.  You can recycle your electronics, household items, clothing, bicycles, old medication and more. Then, come inside to learn more about local environmental programs and organizations! The Detroit River Canadian Cleanup will have a booth in front of Purdy’s Chocolatier! For more information please visit Devonshire Mall’s events page here.


Earth Day 2018 Student Contest

Each year, millions of tons of plastic is dumped into our waterways, taking hundreds of years to break down. As Earth Day 2018 approaches we’re asking students to tell us how they will make a difference and reduce their plastic consumption. Whether it’s spreading the word on social media, creating a poster to hang in your school, or showing us ways you you would recycle more plastic – we want to know about it! Students can submit illustrations, essays, poems or photos.

How to Submit

Entries can be submitted digitally by email to with the subject heading “Earth Day Art Contest” or via mail to:

Essex Region Conservation
RE: Earth Day Art Contest Entries
360 Fairview Avenue W. Suite 311
Essex, ON. N8M 1Y6

Submissions must include the student’s name, grade, school name, as well as their teacher’s name and email address. Submission deadline is April 15, 2018

For questions about the contest, please contact: Peter Baldwin at 519-776-5209 x 367, or


Students must currently be enrolled in school or be home-schooled in the Windsor-Essex Region.
Pictures: no bigger than 8.5″x11″                                                 
Poems and essays:
no longer than 650 words                                         
 maximum 300 word description

Category One – kindergarten & grade 1
Category Two – grades 2 & 3
Category Three – grades 4, 5, 6
Category Four – grades 7 & 8
Category Five – grades 9 – 12

*Submissions should not be copyright; by making your submission you are granting ERCA the right to use it on its website or as part of other ERCA publicity.

Cool prize packages to be won! The winning entry from each category will receive a prize package and be honoured at the Earth Day Tree Planting Celebration at Florence and Wyandotte in Windsor on April 22 at 10am. Prizing provided by:

Earth Day Community Tree Planting


April is Earth Month, and the DRCC and the Essex Region Conservation Authority is inviting everyone to join us on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 10am – Noon to help plant more than 2,000 native trees and shrubs in the City of Windsor. While we have shovels to share, you may wish to consider bringing your own to this free event! Event happens at Florence & Wyandotte in Windsor. Parking will be available at the Sand Point Beach Parking Lot off Riverside Drive.

Register your Green Team using the form here! Teams of 10 or more receive special recognition! Click on the poster to download a PDF copy.

To see a map of the event location and parking spots, please view the online map here.

Earth Day Windsor Essex

Join the City of Windsor to celebrate Earth Day 2017 on Sunday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at Malden Park (4200 Malden road). This event is free for the public. There will be over 40 environmental exhibits; wildflower planting; arts and crafts; a nature scavenger hunt; and many more environmental activities!  

Earth Day is a day on which events are held worldwide to increase awareness and appreciation of the earth’s natural environment. Our organization aims to educate residents on environment and sustainability issues using hands-on, interactive methods. Over 45 different organizations participate in this event, designed to provide a voice and venue to environmental causes. Earth Day Windsor Essex has been celebrated since 1989.

For general information, call 311. For detailed inquiries, please​ contact:

Environment & Sustainability Coordinator
Phone: 519-253-7111 ext. 3290

Detroit River Canadian Cleanup Celebrates Thirty Years of Progress with New Mapping Tool

February 2, 2018

Media Release

For Immediate Release


Detroit River Canadian Cleanup Celebrates Thirty Years of Progress with New Mapping Tool

Detroit River Story Map 2018

Windsor, ON – A new interactive mapping tool that tells the cleanup story of the Detroit River is now available to explore! Remediation efforts on the Canadian side in the Detroit River include sediment cleanup, habitat restoration, municipal and industrial wastewater treatment infrastructure upgrades, non-point source pollution management as well as a suite of ongoing studies, investigations, monitoring, research, education and outreach. The story map highlights the projects that have taken place over the past thirty since the river was designated as an Area of Concern under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.

“Many organizations, groups and individuals come together under the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup umbrella to work towards ecological recovery,” said Claire Sanders, the Remedial Action Plan Coordinator. “And after 30 years of work together, we are seeing the fruits of our labour – the Detroit River is improving. This story map tool will grow as we continue to implement more projects and research as we work towards removing the Detroit River from the list of Areas of Concern.”

To explore the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup’s Story Map visit

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.



Digital Photo attached:  Screenshot of DRCC Story Map


Media Contact:       

Claire Sanders

Remedial Action Plan Coordinator

Detroit River Canadian Cleanup

311-360 Fairview Avenue West

Essex ON  N8M 1Y6

Phone: 519-776-5209 x356

Alternate Phone: 519-982-3722 (DRCC)

Get Involved!

From tree plantings and clean ups, to advocacy and education programs, CLICK HERE to find out how you can be involved with protecting and enhancing the Detroit River.