Have Your Say...
The DRCC is looking for your feedback on its recommendation to remove
the 'Restrictions on Dredging Activities' from the Detroit River's list of impaired beneficial uses. The partnership uses a list of 14 potential beneficial use impairments or BUIs to determine the condition of the Detroit River. As of May 2017, the Detroit River has 7 impaired, 6 not impaired and 1 that requires further assessment. The proposed re-designation status brings us all one step closer to removing the Detroit River from the list of Great Lakes' Areas of Concern.

We need your input! Please download the Assessment of Restrictions on Dredging Activities (BUI#7) Detroit River Area of Concern report, read it and submit your written comments by e-mail to postmaster@detroitriver.ca by Wednesday June 3, 2017. Thank you in advance for your feedback.
Earth Day Fun in the Sun!
The DRCC participated in three community Earth Day celebrations across Windsor. On Saturday April 22, the DRCC hosted an outreach table at Devonshire Mall during the ACT Recycle event with over 200 people in attendance. On the following Sunday, the DRCC participated in a booth at the City of Windsor's Earth Day event at Malden Park with over 1,000 people in attendance. On the other side of town, the DRCC was also busy planting over 2,000 trees with Essex Region Conservation Authority. This site was along the Little River and had over 1,000 people in attendance!

To read the Little River Earth Day planting report by Ian Naisbitt, President of the Little River Enhancement Group and Chair of the DRCC Education and Public Involvement Work Group, click here.

Media Coverage
Volunteers Clear Litter Along the Little River Corridor
Caesars Windsor's CodeGreen team of employees partnered with the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup, the City of Windsor and the Little River Enhancement Group to remove 8 tonnes of litter along a portion of the Little River watershed near the Twin Oaks industrial complex on Wednesday, April 11. Due to illegal dumping and damage from off road vehicles, annual cleanups are necessary to protect Little River and improve water quality and aesthetics. Having CodeGreen and other partners participate in this cleanup is a great opportunity to connect people to Little River, which is one of the three sub-watersheds that drain into the Detroit River.

To read the full report by Ian Naisbitt, the President of Little River Enhancement Group and the Chair of the DRCC Education and Public Involvement Group, please click here


Media Coverage
Lake Sturgeon Population in Detroit River One of the Healthiest in the Great Lakes
The Detroit River Canadian Cleanup and Essex Region Conservation joined U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service researchers on the Detroit River last week, who now estimate there are over 6,000 Lake Sturgeon in the Detroit River, and over 30,000 in the corridor from Lake Huron to Lake Erie, making it one of the healthiest populations of sturgeon in the Great Lakes. The data was collected through ongoing mark and recapture studies undertaken by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.
 

"This research, as well as data collected from egg and larvae surveys conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey, shows the Fighting Island artificial reef expansion, which was completed in 2013 near the Town of LaSalle, has been successful and is aiding in the recovery of Lake Sturgeon and other fish species in the Detroit River," explained Claire Sanders, Remedial Action Plan Coordinator for the Detroit River Cleanup. "Lake Whitefish, Walleye, Lake Sturgeon and native sucker eggs have all been found on the reef."
 
Researchers are excited by this good news because the Lake Sturgeon population in the Detroit River is estimated to be about one percent of its former abundance. Over the past century, fish populations in the Detroit River have been impacted by the construction of shipping channels, loss of coastal wetlands, 'hardening' of shorelines and installation of steel break walls, water pollution, and dredging of limestone bedrock that was spawning habitat for Lake Sturgeon and other native fish species.
 
The creation of the Lake Sturgeon spawning reef at Fighting Island demonstrates binational collaboration, partnership and stewardship of shared resources. The success of this fish habitat restoration strategy will help strengthen and improve the fishery in the Detroit River and the entire Great Lakes. Credit for this successful project is owed to many project partners including Environment and Climate Change Canada's Great Lakes Sustainability Fund, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Ontario Species at Risk Stewardship Fund, DTE Energy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, University of Michigan Water Center, and the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative .
 
American partners have an additional reef planned near Historic Fort Wayne, the seventh spawning reef constructed within the St. Clair and Detroit Rivers over the past thirteen years. These projects are part of a comprehensive remediation plan under the Area of Concern program. For more information about these projects and other restoration projects taking place in the St. Clair - Detroit River System, please visit detroitriver.ca or scdrs.org .

Ontario Bans Snapping Turtle Hunting
As of April 1, 2017, Snapping Turtles can no longer be trapped and hunted in Ontario. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry amended regulations to help ensure the survival of the freshwater turtle. They do not reproduce at a high rate and the species suffers from a high hatchling mortality rate as well as road mortality, predation and human disruption during nesting season. Before this ban was put in place, a resident on Ontario could catch and kill two Snapping Turtles a day legally despite the classification of being a Species at Risk in Ontario.
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The Detroit River in the news. Here are some links to articles that may pique your interest. Click the link  to read on.  
Upcoming Events  
Save the date for these great local events! Contact the organizer for more information. 
Community Tree Plant at Tranby Park
Saturday May 6th 2017, Tranby Park, 1292 Tranby Ave. Windsor, ON. 10am to 1pm.   
Play a part in "greening" your local community by joining  Forests OntarioTD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Ontario WoodCity of Windsor and the  Essex Region Conservation Authority on Saturday, May 6th for the 9th annual Community Planting Weekend. This half-day planting event takes place in a public space and brings together families, friends and community members for a chance to contribute to a meaningful project that offers vast environmental benefits for all Ontarians! Participation helps build awareness around the importance of trees, which clean our air, improve water supplies, foster wildlife habitat, contribute to human health and provide a buffer against the effects of climate change.

What to Bring: To participate in this family-friendly event, bring a shovel, gardening gloves and lots of energy!
What We Will Bring:
 We will supply the rest - the trees, forestry specialists, mulch and snacks.
Parking:  Parking is available across from 1292 Tranby Avenue.
Space is limited and pre-registration is appreciated. Please sign up here.
For more event information please click here OR sign up to be a Forests Ontario member here.
Science Saturday
Saturday May 13th 2017, Belle Isle Aquarium, 12pm to 3pm, Detroit, MI   
Allow guest speakers to lead you on an interesting science journey at Science Saturday! Lectures will be twenty minutes in length each and are held at 12pm, 1pm and 2pm. Come and learn something new! For more information please e-mail info@belleisleconservancy.rg or visit their website here for past presentations.
Spring Bird Migration Field Course
Saturday April 8th to May 27th 2017, Point Pelee National Park, 8:30am to 11:30am   
A series of morning field trips to observe the incredible variety of birds that migrate through Southwestern Ontario each fall. Morning field trips (8:30 - 11:30 am) to Point Pelee. * Free entrance to Parks Canada in 2017, click here for details. Cost is $16.00 for each trip except the Big Day birding trip which is $25.00 (10% discount for seniors) (dates are tentative)
  1. Sat April 8 8:30 am meet at Pelee's tip parking lot.
  2. Sat April 22 8:30 am meet at the Pelee Visitor Centre.
  3. Wed May 3 8:30 am meet at the Pelee Visitor Centre.
  4. Wed May 10 8:30 am meet at Pelee's Marsh Boardwalk.
  5. Wed May 17 6:00 am meet at Pelee's Marsh Boardwalk. A "Big Day" birding trip around Pelee and Hillman Marsh!
  6. Sat May 27 7:30 am meet at Pelee Visitor Centre.
More details click here.
OFO Shorebird Nights
May 1st to May 22nd 2017, Hilman Marsh Conservation Area, 3:00pm to 5:00pm 
Join experts from the Ontario Field Ornithologists to watch shorebirds migrating to their Arctic breeding grounds. A great chance to learn from some of the most knowledgeable birders in the province. The diverse and unique habitats of Hillman Marsh attract a wide range of marsh, shore, and field bird species. The shorebird cell water levels are actively managed to create ideal habitat conditions each spring, making it a top birding spot in North America.

This opportunity is offered on multiple dates between May 1 to 22 2017. Please visit www.erca.org/events for more details. Admission fee is $6 per vehicle. Or purchase a Hillman Marsh Spring Pass at www.erca.org/annual-pass
Friends of the Homestead Yard Sale
May 7th 2017, 11:00am to 4:00pm, John R. Park Homestead, Essex County RD 50 & Iler Rd, Harrow, ON 
Help the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area by donating quality items in advance or coming out and treasure hunting on the day! Treasures old and new. There is something for everyone at this giant sale. For more info call 519-738-2029.
Conference on Great Lakes Research
May 15 to 19 2017, Cobo Centre, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA 
The 60th annual conference on Great Lakes research is scheduled from May 15-19, 2017 at the Cobo Center in Detroit. The focus will be the theme "From Cities to Farms: Shaping Great Lakes Ecosystems." For more information please visit their site here.
Belle Isle Park Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday May 18th 2017, 9:00am to 11:00am, Belle Isle Nature Zoo, Flynn Pavilion - Near Intersection of Picnic Way & Loiter Way, Belle Isle, Detroit, MI, 48207
Please see their website for past agendas, meeting minutes, and additional information!
Stewardship Saturday
Saturday May 20th 2017, Belle Isle Park, 9am to 12pm, Detroit, MI   
Join the DRN and Belle Isle Conservancy for Stewardship Saturdays. The May and June project will include searching for and pulling a non-native, invasive woodland weed called garlic mustard to restore the rare wet mesic flatwoods forest on the island. For questions or more information please e-mail Laurel Malvitz-Draper, DNR Resource Steward for the Stewardship Unit at malvitz@michigan.gov. *Location: Meet on Central Avenue, just east of Portage Way (FYI, this street is listed as Meadow Rd in google maps*
Mill Street Park Planting Project
Saturday May 27th, Mill Street Park, Windsor, ON 
Save the date for a public wildflower planting event hosted by the Windsor Port Authority, the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup and Essex Region Conservation Authority. The event will take place on Saturday May 27 2017, with a rain date on Sunday May 28 2017. More details will be posted on the DRCC website: www.detroitriver,ca. 
Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference
May 31 to June 2 2017, Cobo Hall, 1 Washington Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226, USA 
Save the date for the first ever Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference, May 31 - June 2, 2017, at Cobo Hall in Detroit, Michigan. This conference will draw up to 1,000 engineers, landscape architects, water quality professionals, government officials (local, state, provincial, and federal), developers, planners, academia, drain and road agencies, conservation and non-profit organizations, and interest groups from around the Great Lakes basin in Canada and the U.S. For more information please visit their site here.
Eau Canada 150
June 4 2017, various locations along the Detroit River and sub-watersheds 
Save the date for a fun Canada 150 celebration with multiple community organizations offering canoeing events in four different Detroit River locations! More details will be posted on the DRCC website: www.detroitriver.ca.
Detroit River Evening
June 21 2017, location TBD.  
Save the date! Join the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup (DRCC) for their 7th Annual Detroit River Evening on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. The Detroit River Evening is a free, public event to highlight the coordinated efforts to improve the Detroit River and remove it from the list of Great Lakes' Areas of Concern. Come learn about some of the current research projects aimed at protecting, restoring and enhancing the Detroit River ecosystem! The DRCC's Annual Report will also be released for the 2016-2017 year. Refreshments and snacks will be provided.
Job Postings
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. 


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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.