Volunteers clean up Detroit River watersheds

April 17, 2023

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Volunteers clean up Detroit River watersheds

Windsor, ON – On Saturday, April 15, 2023, volunteers from across the region came together to participate in two litter cleanups in the Detroit River watershed. In total, 519.82 kg (about 1146.01 lb) or 0.52 metric tonnes of litter was removed from the Detroit River shoreline and Little River watershed.

“Litter cleanups are imperative to the Windsor-Essex region, as waste can persist in the environment and negatively impact green spaces and waterways for a long time,” said Tom Henderson, Chair of the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup Public Advisory Council. “Every item of litter that is removed from our watersheds and shorelines and disposed of safely means there is one less item in the environment that can harm local fish and wildlife populations.” 

In Sandwich, the Windsor Port Authority, Rotary Club of LaSalle Centennial and its Youth Interact Club, HMCS Hunter, UWindsor Alumni, Detroit River Canadian Cleanup Public Advisory Council, City of Windsor, Essex Region Conservation Authority and 65 volunteers removed litter from various properties in Sandwich, Windsor.   

In the Little River watershed, Caesars Windsor CodeGreen, 35th Tecumseh Cubs (Scouts), Deputy Mayor Joe Bachetti of the Town of Tecumseh, MPP Andrew Dowie, Councillor Angelo Marignani, members of the Little River Enhancement Group, Essex Region Conservation Authority, the City of Windsor, the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup and volunteers worked together to remove litter from the tributary, slopes and surrounding Ganatchio Trail.  

Litter and waste removed included single use plastics, take out materials, glass bottles, smoking and drug paraphernalia, an animal skull, a bicycle and bike lock, personal clothing items, an iPOD, fishing line, wires, concrete, shingles, stuffed animals, diapers, COVID19 tests, an old metal car jack, and bricks.  Henderson goes on to caution we should all be mindful of what waste we are producing, and that every effort should be made to dispose of our own litter properly, and never thrown into a waterway.

These cleanups are part of the binational Earth Month stewardship initiatives held by partners of the Detroit River Coalition representing organizations from Canada and the United States. The partners represent a binational environmental resource hub for the purpose of plastic pollution removal & protection of the Detroit River. 

The Detroit River Canadian Cleanup is a community-based partnership between the federal, provincial, and municipal governments, industry, academics, non-government organizations, and concerned citizens. Our main goal is to cleanup, enhance, and sustain the Detroit River ecosystem.


Digital Media Attached: Dozens of volunteers came together to cleanup the Detroit River watershed.

Media Contact:                Paul Drca, Remedial Action Plan Coordinator

                   519-776-5209 x356    drca@detroitriver.ca         

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