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April 2014
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed about the Detroit River.

Message from the RAP Coordinator


Between learning about fish populations in the Detroit River and storm water management seminars, I've had a busy month in my new role as RAP Coordinator for the DRCC! I am truly privileged to join so many dedicated members of the public and people in all levels of government who have been working tirelessly for many years towards the remediation of this river.  I plan on celebrating the much-awaited arrival of spring by packing up a picnic lunch, my binoculars, and a camera and spending the day driving and biking the whole length of the Canadian side of the Detroit River Area of Concern. I challenge you to do the same. And please send me an email of interesting sightings when you do!


As always, we love to hear from you. If you have any upcoming events, questions, or feedback, please email [email protected].   


Thank you,

Claire Sanders 

Remedial Action Plan Coordinator  

Detroit River Canadian Cleanup 

Something to Celebrate!
Fishing on the Detroit Riverfront May 25, 2013


All of our partners have played an integral role in implementing the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup (DRCC) Remedial Action Plan. On Wednesday May 7, at 10:30 am, we will be attending a bi-national celebration of the removal of the Tainting of Fish Flavour Beneficial Use Impairment (BUI). We are happy to report that, thanks to the work of many in the community and the support of senior levels of government, the Tainting of Fish Flavour BUI will be re-designated to 'not impaired'. This is due to a careful investigation, including surveys of local anglers, which determined that the fish in the Detroit River does not taste or smell any differently than they should. The vast majority of survey participants that ate fish from the Detroit River indicated that they did so because it "tastes good".  


We are pleased to announce that the DRCC, along with our counterparts in the US PAC, will share in this celebration as we have both reached this important milestone.

In 1987, the Detroit River was designated a Great Lakes Area of Concern by the United States and Canada through the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. In 1991, a Remedial Action Plan Report was completed by American and Canadian partners that identified environmental problems causing beneficial use impairments in the Detroit River. Launched in 1998, the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup committed to restoring beneficial uses and removing the Detroit River from the list of Areas of Concern. The DRCC is a partnership of municipal, provincial, and federal governments, industry, academics, environmental organizations, and concerned citizens that work together to improve the health of the Detroit River.



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Upcoming Events
Save the date for these great local events! Please ensure you contact the organizer for more information.


April 1 - April 30, 2014
Milk Coffee Bar, Windsor

The 12th annual Smogfest art exhibition and silent auction will be held at Milk Coffee Bar on University Ave. W. from April 1st - 30th. Silent auction bidding will run the length of the exhibition. The artist will receive 70% of the selling price and the Citizens Environment Alliance will receive 30%. For more information visit the CEA's website

ECFN MEETING - The Effects of Climate Change on Natural Systems  

April 9, 2014: 7:30 pm

Ojibway Nature Centre, Windsor 


Join University of Windsor professor, Dr. Alan S. Trenhaile, at Ojibway Nature Centre to learn about the effect of climate change on natural systems. There is overwhelming agreement among climate scientists that human activities are mainly responsible for climate changes, of which climate warming is an important element, owing to increasing concentrations of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Direct measurement and the evidence obtained from ice cores in Antarctica, Greenland, and other areas indicate that the global concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere increased from about 280 ppm in pre-industrial times to 397 ppm in 2014, the highest it has been in the last 800,000 years and probably for the last 20 million years. These changes will have enormous impacts, often with important political, economic, strategic, and sociological implications, on natural systems in Canada and elsewhere in the world. They include the occurrence of more extreme events (droughts, floods, storms), rising sea level (with increasing coastal erosion and flooding), melting permafrost and glacial and sea ice, increased landslides and other slope instabilities, and changes in the latitudinal and altitudinal extent of marine and terrestrial ecosystems. This talk will outline the basic science behind climate change, the evidence for present and recent changes, and the impact of these changes on natural systems from the global to the local scale. For more information: www.essexcountynature.com


April 11, 2014: 7:00pm  

Caboto Club, Windsor   

TPaul Pratt will present a talk on Brazil's coastal forests and birdlife within this endangered habitat. The CSLT annual dinner will be held in the Caboto Club in the DaVinci Room. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and dinner is served at 7:00 p.m. A silent auction is planned with donations welcome. Call for more details at 519-944-0825 or email [email protected] 


April 12 and 13, 2014 

Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Kingsville   

The second annual event will feature a duck and goose calling contest, photo contest, Wing Ding dinner and more on the Sanctuary grounds (Road 3 West, Kingsville). The Jack Miner National Wildlife Week event takes place in the weekend closest to Jack Miner's birthday, April 10th.  For more information on the event and/or the Sanctuary visit their website

Little River Enhancement Group - Cleanup Event  

April 23, 2014:   4pm - 7pm
Hawthorne St., Windsor (details below)

We have been invited by the City of Windsor and the Essex Region Conservation Authority to join the Windsor Casino's Code Green group and participate in a river cleanup.

Volunteers are cleaning up the section of Little River between Lauzon Road and Tecumseh Road East, adjacent to the Canadian Tire Store.


Volunteers will meet in the public park in the Little River Meadows subdivision on Hawthorne Street. Take Lauzon Road south from Tecumseh Road and turn left/ east onto Hawthorne, or take Lauzon Road north from Forest Glade Drive and turn right/ east onto Hawthorne. Look for the ERCA trailer on Hawthorne Street.


Supported by:

City of Windsor; Code Green Casino Windsor; Detroit River Canadian Cleanup; Essex County Field Naturalists Club; Essex Region Conservation Authority; Little River Enhancement Group; Unifor Local 200.


Contact Information:

City: Karina Richters (519) 253-7111-X 3226; Lil' Reg: Ian Naisbitt 519-735-2087



April 24, 2014  

Meet the Scientist & Cash Bar at 6:30 pm, Lecture at 7 pm 

Cranbrook Institute of Science


Extreme Makeover: Nature Edition! 
Techniques for Protecting Rare Species & Habitats Learn how Restoration Director Chris May is implementing the latest ecological techniques to save the last of the least and the best of the rest rare species and habitats in Michigan.



Tickets for each lecture are $10 for Nature Conservancy and Cranbrook Institute of Science Members and $12 for non-members. Series tickets: $40 for Cranbrook Institute of Science and The Nature Conservancy Members, $50 for non-members.
To register, visit the Admission Desk at the Institute of Science or online.  Seating is limited, early registration is encouraged. This event is sponsored by Northern Trust.


April 27, 2014: 10am - 3pm
Malden Park, Windsor


Buy Local Food Challenge. I like my food naked, near and natural! - This year the Earth Day Committee wishes to bring fresh ideas to Windsor Essex Earth Day by introducing our community to the numerous environmental benefits to locally grown, organic food. Contact Averil Parent at(519) 253-7111 Ext. 290 or [email protected] for more information. Ojibway staff will be running a woodland and pond exploration activity, be sure to bring your walking shoes! The Friends of Ojibway Prairie will be running a meadow planting at Malden Park from 1-2:30 p.m. as part of the day's activities. Bring a shovel! Access Malden Park from the Malden Road entrance. 


April 27, 2014: 10am - Noon  

Little River Corridor at Florence and McHugh (just east of WFCU Centre)   

Join the Essex Region Conservation Authority to plant 1800 trees and celebrate Earth Day! Register your Green Team if you plan on bringing a large group; Green Teams can register via email.  For more information visit www.erca.org 
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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 through a Remedial Action Plan. Our main goal is to
remove the River from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern.