Draft Binational Screening Criteria for Nominated Chemicals of Mutual Concern Available for Public Review

The Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement (GLWQA) commits Canada and the United States to prepare and issue Binational Strategies to reduce the release and impact of Chemicals of Mutual Concern (CMCs). The draft Binational Screening Criteria for Nominated CMCs is now available for public review on binational.net. These draft screening criteria were developed to provide a consistent framework for reviewing nominated CMCs under the GLWQA. The period for interested agencies, organizations, and individuals to provide comments on the draft binational screening criteria is from November 15, 2019 to December 16, 2019.

DRAFT Binational Screening Criteria for Nominated Chemicals of Mutual Concern (PDF)

Kindly use the Contact Us page to direct your submissions and questions by December 16, 2019.

More information on the Chemicals of Mutual Concern can be found at https://binational.net/2016/05/31/cmcdesig-pcpmdesig/.

Great Lakes National Program Office / Regional Director General (Ontario)
Environment and Climate Change Canada / Government of Canada
ec.grandslacs-greatlakes.ec@canada.ca / Tel: 416-739-4964

TD Tree Day Windsor 2019

TD Tree Day Windsor 2019

Gina Pannunzio, Kelly Laforest and Ian Naisbitt

Woke up today and checked the foreboding weather forecast:

“Frost advisory in effect for: Windsor – Leamington – Essex County and

Special weather statement in effect for: Windsor – Leamington – Essex County.” More details included: increasing cloudiness. Rain beginning this afternoon. Amount 5 mm. Wind becoming southeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 near noon. High 13. UV index 2 or low. Regardless of the advisory and special weather statement, it looked like there was a window of opportunity to plant the trees and shrubs in the morning. We always have a positive attitude that volunteers will be able to get the job done.

In the past, volunteers have persevered and cleaned up or planted trees in all kinds of wicked weather: pelting rain or snow with blustery winds. It builds character and adds to our stories we tell friends and family, right?

The planting site is located in the Detroit River Watershed in East Windsor’s Little River Corridor Park, east of the Ganatchio Trail and south of Wyandotte Street. This natural area is the same site that our community has planted numerous times to celebrate Earth Day.

Over 125 volunteers, including children, their parents and other community groups participated by digging holes; planting, wrapping and mulching 350 trees! We started planting at 9:00 a.m. and the job was completed just after 12 noon.

On Saturday, 26 October, TD Bank sponsored their TD Tree Day Windsor program by inviting our Windsor-Essex community to help TD employees plant trees. Groups that participated included: City of Windsor, Detroit River Canadian Cleanup, Essex Region Conservation Authority, Essex County Nature – Little River Enhancement Group, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Caesars Windsor – CodeGreen, students from the University of Windsor and local secondary schools, the How To Crew and members of the Windsor Junior Spitfires Hockey Minor Hockey Association.

The heavy afternoon and evening rain were a great help to settle the soil around the newly planted trees.

Trees Provided Fall Colours for us to Enjoy


The species of trees that we planted included: Basswood, Elderberry, Buttonbush, Swamp White Oak, Nannyberry, American Sycamore, Freeman Maple and Red Cedar.

Essex County Nature – Little River Enhancement Group would like to thank TD Bank, Essex Region Conservation Authority and the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup for planning this community event in the Little River Watershed. This volunteer effort addressed the Beneficial Use Impairment, “Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat” of the Remedial Action Plan by improving the ecosystem health of the Detroit River Watershed.

Today’s TD Tree Day Windsor planting event brings the total number of trees and shrubs planted by community volunteers in the Little River Watershed to 44669.

We Appreciate the Efforts of Local Volunteers




US making progress on sediment remediation, but more work still to be done

The DRCC Public Advisory Council hosted US colleagues who provided a presentation on the progress of sediment remediation efforts on the American side of the Detroit River. The presentation highlighted the projects American partners are tackling to improve sediment quality, which improves overall ecosystem health of the river system. 

In 2012, a comprehensive study took place by multiple partners where data was compiled relating to known contaminants at 65 locations in the Detroit River. The study analyzed the quantity of contaminants at these sites.  This project provided a basis for the US Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environment,Great Lakes and Energy to create a prioritized list of remediation projects. 

The estimated total quantity of sediment that needs to be remediated from the U.S side of the Detroit River is approximately 6,673,338yd3. Generally where sediments were present in the nearshore, they were contaminated and were highest near historical industrial and municipal outfalls. Some of the remediation work has begun, but partners and funding opportunities need to be identified for large scale remediation to occur.

To find out more, see these news articles: 



Great Lakes Restoration – Celebrating our Accomplishments and Celebrating the Future


The DRCC is attending the Great Lakes Restoration Celebration, hosted by the Alliance of Rouge Communities and held at The Henry Ford in Dearborn on October 18, 2019. As part of this celebration, a book was created showcasing the organizations contributing to Great Lakes Restoration in Southeast Michigan and some of their restoration projects. The DRCC and our projects are featured in the book, and a copy can be downloaded from here

If you are interested in attending the event on October 18, a link to the map, agenda, and registration can be found here. The event is free of charge.

The Public Advisory Council of the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup plans public presentation on U.S. sediment remediation

Windsor, ON – Join the Public Advisory Council of the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup as they host U.S. colleagues who will provide a presentation on the progress of sediment remediation efforts on the American side of the Detroit River. The upcoming presentation will highlight the projects American partners are tackling to improve sediment quality, which improves overall ecosystem health of the river system. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 from 12:30 to 1:15 pm at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER) Conference Room 250 at the University of Windsor.

“Our American colleagues are coming to discuss the various sites and Superfund sites they plan to cleanup from Harbourtown upstream to the Gibraltar Canals downstream,” said Tom Henderson, Chair of the Public Advisory Council of the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup. “This is a very exciting time in the Detroit River’s history, to be able to see the contamination from the past be cleaned up, resulting in a cleaner river.”

This presentation is free and the public is invited to attend.  Please RSVP by contacting postmaster@detroitriver.ca.  

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.



Jacqueline Serran

Detroit River Remedial Action Plan Coordinator

311-360 Fairview Avenue West

Essex Ontario, N8M 1Y6

Phone: 519-776-5209 ext. 356


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.