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January 2013
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Did you know??
Detroit River from Space!
Sustainable Communities Conference
Upcoming Events
Job postings
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I hope you had a wonderful holiday break and I wish you all the best for 2013! I look forward to working with you over the next year to restore, protect and enhance the Detroit River ecosystem.


If you have any relevant, local events or articles you'd like included in this E-newsletter, please do not hesitate to email me your suggestions!




Natalie Green, M.Sc. 

Remedial Action Plan Coordinator


The DRCC is a community-based partnership between government, industry, academics, as well as environmental and community organizations that work together to improve the Detroit River ecosystem.  

Our key goal is to implement the Canadian Remedial Action Plan (RAP) in order to restore the beneficial uses and remove the River from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern.   


Did you know?? 

...thatDid you know?


1. Turning down your thermostat by one degree can cut your energy bill by  8%. Consider installing a programmable, mercury-free thermostat to manage the temperature in your home.


2. An energy efficient washing machine will use a third less electricity for each wash, which could save you more than the cost of the appliance. Look for appliances that are Energy Star rated.


3. If every household replaced one roll of regular toilet paper with one recycled post-consumer waste roll, 424,000 trees would be saved. Read the labels and look for the % of post-consumer recycled content. Some brands with a high percentage include: Cashmere EnviroCare; Bio-Life; PC Green; Seventh Generation; Fiesta; and White Swan.


4. The energy saved from one recycled aluminum can will operate a television for three hours. Better yet, recycle he can and turn the t.v. off for three hours and read a book, go for a hike, play a board game with friends. Reducing energy use in your home will save on your bills and reduce your carbon footprint.


So, if you are in the spirit of making resolutions right now, consider making a resolution that will have real results - reduce, reuse and recycle! Small changes in our daily living habits can result in meaningful impacts for our environment.  

Tweet! Tweet!.....Detroit River from Space!

Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield has been "tweeting" photos from the International Space Station. Here's a beautiful shot of our very own backyard! Taken from space on January 10, 2013. 

The Huron-Erie Corridor: St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, Detroit River and western basin of Lake Erie are visible in this shot. 

HEC from Space by Chris Hadfield Note: there is some ice visible in the photo but most of the white in the image is not snow or ice, it's called sunglint (the sun's reflection off water into the camera).


Check out the Space Tweet here!   


Windsor Hosts 2013 Sustainable Communities Conference
February 13-15, 2013
Windsor will host the 2013 Windsor is a community in transition. As manufacturing declined, Windsor began a journey of renewal and economic transition. Applying expertise developed over decades of making automobiles, Windsor's companies have begun manufacturing solar panels, wind turbines and biomass generators. The City is also rehabilitating ecosystems degraded by earlier industrial practices. Through site visits and study tours, Windsor-Essex will showcase several of its green initiatives.

Study Tours
Registration Fees
One Region. Countless Stories. Visit Windsor Essex Pelee Island
One Region. Countless Stories.
Visit Windsor Essex Pelee Island
Save the Date for these upcoming events
Saturday Morning Field Trips 8:30 am - Noon
Various Locations - see details below
Winter Birding Field Course 2013 is a series of morning field trips to observe winter birdlife in Essex County.  The trips take place on Saturday mornings (8:30 am - noon), and the cost is $15 each (dates are tentative).  
  1. January 12, meet at the Point Pelee tip parking lot  
  2. January 26, meet at Lakeview Marina, Windsor  
  3. February 9, meet at the Point Pelee tip parking lot  
  4. February 23, meet at Hillman Marsh C.A.

For more information: 


Thursday, February 7, 2013: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Camp Cedarwin, Sawmill Entrance


The Winter Owl Prowl will include an indoor presentation and outdoor short hike as we look and listen for owls. Please dress for the weather.


Cost is $5 per person. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please contact Caroline, Friends of Watersheds Organizer: or 519-776-5029 x 245.


Camp Cedarwin's Sawmill Entrance is located on the south side of County Road 20, just west of County Road  23/Arner Townline, in Essex. 


Thursday, January 24, 2013: 6:30 pm sharp
St. Thomas of Villenova High School, LaSalle (in the library)    

New members welcome! 


Come out and join the Friends of Canard River as they prepare for Earth Day Celebrations and organize spring planting projects.


If you have an item to add to the agenda, please contact Caroline, Friends of Watersheds Organizer, at



Thursday, January 24, 2013: 7:00 pm
Point Pelee National Park Administration Building


407 Monarch Lane, Leamington 

General public welcome!


 For more information, contact the Friends of Point Pelee: 519-326-6173   


Job Postings
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These postings are for jobs at various locations with varying deadlines. Please click on the job title to view job details. Contact the listed agency in the job ad for more information. Note: the links will expire after the deadline has passed.

General Manager - Conservation Ontario (Newmarket, ON)
Deadline: January 23, 2013

Source Protection Program Coordinator
 - Lower Trent Conservation Authority (Trenton, ON)
Deadline: January 25, 2013

Planner I - Toronto Conservation Authority (Toronto, ON)
Deadline: January 23, 2013
Executive Director - GreenUP Peterborough (Peterborough, ON)
Deadline: January 28, 2013

Natalie Green, Remedial Action Plan Coordinator
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311-360 Fairview Avenue West
Essex, Ontario N8M 1Y6
519-982-3722 (DRCC) or 519-776-5209 x356 


"To cleanup, enhance, and sustain the Detroit River ecosystem and its tributaries
...because we're all connected to the River!".