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March 2013
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This month's email comes with so much exciting news! Presque Isle Bay, in the U.S., was removed from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern, our wastewater ad will be showing at local theaters, a historic cannon pulled from the Detroit River will be on display, and there are so many other great events happening locally. Read on for all of the details. 


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 initiative is a 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 in order to restore the beneficial uses and remove the River from the list of
Great Lakes Areas of Concern.


Did you know?? 

. Did you know? ..that our 30 second Public Service Announcement entitled "1, 2, TP" will be showing at both Cineplex Theatres in Windsor (SilverCity Windsor and Devonshire Mall) during the week of March Break: March 8th - 14th, 2013.   


So, grab a friend, some popcorn and enjoy seeing our PSA on the big screen before your film begins!


This project was made possible with support from the City of Windsor, the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund (Environment Canada) and the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (Canada-Ontario Agreement).

Detroit River Cannon on display 

A British cannon believed dumped into the Detroit River in the years following the Revolutionary War will go on display for the first time later this month at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in nearby Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The cannon will be removed from the protective bath in which it was placed when discovered 18 months ago, and put on public view Feb. 18-22 and April 1-5.


Bearing the monogram of King George III of Great Britain (1738-1820), the artifact was found by accident by a team of divers from Detroit police during a training session in the fall of 2011.

Stephen Pagnani, Cranbrook's head of marketing, said historians think the large iron piece has been languishing at the river bottom since 1796, when retreating British forces were ordered to destroy their arms.


In addition to providing visitors with brushes to help remove the rust, the museum will distribute pieces of foil for imprints of the monogram as souvenirs, Pagnani said. "This is a unique piece of our shared history," he said. "It's of interest to people on both sides of the river." The cannon forms part of Cranbrook's ongoing exhibits, Extreme Deep and Dive Deep. A 'Save the Cannon' campaign has been launched to provide funds for its restoration.


Sourced From: The Windsor Star online, February 9, 2013:    


Presque Isle Bay Removed from list of Great Lakes "Areas of Concern"!


On February 14, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Presque Isle Bay, on the Pennsylvania shore of Lake Erie, was removed from the list of heavily contaminated Great Lakes sites targeted for cleanup by the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Environmental conditions in Presque Isle Bay have significantly improved due to actions taken by federal, state and local government. Studies have shown that revitalized waterways, like Presque Isle Bay, can benefit the local economy and better protect people's health. Presque Isle Bay is now the second site in the United States to be taken off the list of Great Lakes "Areas of Concern" (AOCs).


The historic discharge of industrial and domestic wastewater contaminated Presque Isle Bay with excessive nutrients, organic compounds, toxic metals and other pollutants. Improvements at Erie's wastewater treatment plant, along with the waterfront's conversion from heavy industrial to commercial use, reduced pollution and helped restore the bay. Since 2010, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding has been used to accelerate the final steps needed to delist Presque Isle Bay. President Obama launched the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative at the start of his first term.

"Presque Isle Bay being delisted is a testament to the many conservation, environmental and sportsman groups in Erie County who have made the health of Presque Isle Bay a community priority," said Congressman Mike Kelly. "While this is certainly an achievement, we as a community must keep Presque Isle Bay a priority to avoid any environmental challenges in the future." The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection will continue to monitor ecological conditions in Presque Isle Bay, with support from EPA. For more information on Presque Isle Bay, click here.


Interested in progress on the Detroit River AOC? Visit our website: or contact Natalie Green (


Keep the Boat Afloat

Lake Sturgeon release event Help the Friends of the Detroit River keep the Detroit Riverkeeper boat out on the water. The Friends will be holding their Keep-the-Boat-Afloat Fundraising Dinner on Saturday, April 6th, 2013.


The Friends invite you to attend their annual Detroit Riverkeeper fundraising dinner to be held at the Wyandotte Boat Club. Come enjoy a catered dinner. The evening includes a cash bar, door prizes, and a silent auction. Doors open at 6 pm for socializing, dinner to be served at 7 pm, followed with a presentation on our progress with the Belle Isle GLRI habitat restoration projects and other FDR activities.


The Wyandotte Boat Club is located at 1 Pine Street, just off Biddle (West Jefferson) Ave., south of Eureka, directly across from Portofino restaurant in Wyandotte. For more information, call (734) 675-0141 or visit:


Have a happy "Eco" Easter!
Green EasterEaster is coming early this year, with Good Friday falling on Friday March 29th. Are you ready for celebrating spring with your family and friends?
It's easy to get drawn into the Easter retail buzz, but there are some great ideas on 'greening' your Easter. If you are trying to live a more environmentally-responsible life, then it's a good idea to make your holidays count too.
Check out these tips on Environment Canada's website. The post is full of ideas to help you lessen the negative impacts of this major holiday on the environment, while still maintaining full-out celebration status. Ideas cover everything from buying candy conscientiously and re-purposing items to make fantastic baskets, to new ideas for colouring eggs and Easter travel.

Happy Green Easter!

Save the Date for these upcoming events
Tuesday, March 12, 2013 and repeated on Friday, March 15th: 1:30 pm sharp
John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area, Harrow
A fun and educational March Break activity for families! Spend a day making maple syrup the old fashioned way. See the trees tapped and the sap evaporating; carry pails of sap using a wooden yoke and try your hand at the brace-and-bit drill. Learn the science of maple syrup making and taste a sweet maple treat. Pure maple products for sale in the gift shop. Arrive early, dress warmly and wear boots for this sweet event. For more information: 519-738-2029 or


Saturday, April 6, 2013: Evening

Wyandotte Boat Club, Wyandotte, Michigan 


The Friends of the Detroit River invite you to attend their annual Detroit Riverkeeper fundraising dinner. Tickets are on sale now.


Cost is $30 per person, or $50 per couple. For more information, or to reserve tickets (734) 675-0141 or




Li'l Nature Nuts  (ages 2 -4)

Take a walk on the wild side at Ojibway Park. Enjoy this fun-filled program that includes woodland walks, animal games and nature themed crafts.

Tuesdays, February 26 - April 16

9:30 am - noon

$69/7 weeks


'Possum Pals (parents and tots 2-4)

Children not yet ready to leave the pouch?

Join us for this exciting and fun parent/tot adventure in nature! Every week is a different theme.

Mondays, February 25 - April 15

10:00 am - noon

$57/7 weeks


For the older nature nuts:


Natural Discoveries  (ages 3-6 and 7-13)

Discover the wonders of nature through this hands-on discovery class at Ojibway Nature Centre. We will study bird identification,

signs of spring, insect and pond life.

Friday March 8

10:00 am - noon



March Break at Ojibway Nature Centre:


Possum Pals (parents and tots ages 2-4)

Children not yet ready to leave the pouch? Join us for this exciting and fun parent/tot adventure in nature.

Monday March 11

10 am - 12 pm



Open House (all ages)

Enjoy an afternoon of crafts and a creature feature.

Monday March 11

1 - 3 pm



Frogs Snakes & You (children ages 4-6)

Enjoy a morning or afternoon filled with activities about slimy, scaly critters. Pre-registration required.

Tuesday March 12 or Wednesday March 13

9 am-12 pm OR 1 - 4 pm



Wildlife Discovery (youth ages 7-11)

How do plants and animals survive in the wild? Discover the secrets at this hands-on camp. Pre-registration is required.

Thursday March 14 or Friday March 15

9 am - 4 pm



For more information, contact:

Ojibway Nature Centre

5200 Matchette Road, Windsor



Sunday, April 21, 2013: 10:00 am to Noon
Dig out your shovel and join ERCA in planting hundreds of trees to celebrate Earth Day and help continue to make our community a little greener. Make fun nature crafts and explore with a nature scavenger hunt! Event sponsored by: Windsor Cardiac Centre and Detroit River Canadian Cleanup

Sunday, April 28, 2013: 10:00 am to 3 pm 
Malden Park (4200 Malden Road)
Celebrate Earth Day at Malden Park with your family and check out over 30 environmental exhibitors, participate in a seed exchange, see the interactive food kiosk and more! Visit or for more information. 
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. 

Program Manager - Water Campaign (Maternity Leave position) - Environmental Defence (Toronto) 
Deadline: March 11, 2013

Wetland Monitoring Assistant- Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (Oshawa, ON)
Deadline: March 15, 2013

Communications Lead
- Pembina Institute (Toronto, ON)
Deadline: March 17, 2013

Assistant Manager - Algonquin Wildlife Research Station (Algonquin Provincial Park, ON)
Deadline: March 24, 2013
Executive Director - Greenpeace Canada (Toronto, ON)
Deadline: March 25, 2013

Natalie Green, Remedial Action Plan Coordinator
Detroit River Canadian CleanupFind us on Facebook
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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!".