DRCC Presents: A Plastic Ocean 
Did you know that every item of plastic that has ever been created is still on the planet today?

Join the DRCC as we present A Plastic Ocean on March 3 2020 at the Capitol Theatre, 121 University Ave W, Windsor, ON. Doors will open at 6pm, film begins at 6:30pm and a panel discussion will follow.

For more information and to register click here.

A Plastic Ocean

Plastic Ocean is an award-winning feature length documentary brought to you by a group of dedicated scientists, film-makers, social entrepreneurs, scholars, environmentalists and journalists, that explores the fragile state of our oceans and uncovers alarming truths about the consequences of our disposable lifestyle.

A Plastic Ocean documents the global effects of plastic pollution and highlights workable technologies and innovative solutions that everyone - from governments to individuals - can do, to create a cleaner and greener ocean. Sir David Attenborough calls a Plastic Ocean "One of the most important films of our time."

Funding available under the Great Lakes Protection Initiative 
To assist in achieving the goal of restoring Great Lakes water quality and aquatic ecosystem health, Environment and Climate Change Canada, under the Great Lakes Protection Initiative, is making funding available for projects that:
  • restore Areas of Concern,
  • prevent toxic and nuisance algae,
  • reduce releases of harmful chemicals, 
  • engage Indigenous Peoples in addressing Great Lakes Issues, and
  • increase public engagement through citizen science 
Applications are now being accepted until March 3, 2020 (11:59 PM EST)To learn more about this funding opportunity and how to apply, please click here . G eneral information on the Great Lakes Protection Initiative can be found here . If you have any questions about potential projects in the Detroit River Area of Concern, please contact postmaster@detroitriver.ca.

Fishing survey underway
We're interested in knowing what fish people catch and eat from the Detroit River. Your input will provide valuable information to Detroit River Canadian Cleanup (DRCC) staff to help guide future research, education and outreach, monitoring and remediation efforts in the Detroit River and its watershed. 

Participants will receive a $5 Tim Horton's gift card (while supplies last) for their time. Take the survey now!
Essex Region Conservation Awards 
Ten organizations and individuals were honoured with Essex Region Conservation Awards for their efforts in making the Windsor/Essex/Pelee Island region the Place for Life. 
Ric Cornado won the Environmental Achievement award  for over three decades of environmental advocacy. Ric founded the Citizens Environment Alliance of Southwestern Ontario, advocated tirelessly for the Detroit River, and has inspired generations of environmental advocates. The award was presented posthumously and accepted by his son, Derek.  

The Robert Pulleyblank Award for Municipal Environmental Achievement for its significant work in climate adaptation and mitigation, leadership in adopting a Climate Emergency declaration, the completion of the Sewer Master Plan to reduce flooding risks, and the significant engineering studies to protect the Riverside area from flooding. The City has also made tree canopy one of its top priorities, and committed $2.5 million to protected PĂȘche Island from erosion while undertaking the largest habitat restoration program on the Canadian side of the Detroit River to date.
World Wetlands Day 2020
Celebrate World Wetlands Day on February 2 2020! This day raises awareness globally about the importance of wetlands for the planet. Read more here.

Wetlands and Biodiversity is the theme for 2020. Wetlands are rich with biodiversity and are a habitat for a dense variety of plant and animal species. Latest estimates show a global decline of biodiversity, while wetlands are disappearing three times faster than forests.  
Many organizations, agencies, and private landowners partner to help to protect and restore coastal wetland habitat in priority areas of the Detroit River such as the marshes in Canard River, Turkey Creek, along the channel and on Fighting and Peche Islands. 
Collavino wetland restoration completed 
A new habitat project in the River Canard is complete! The Collavino wetland is a 150 acre site at the mouth of the Detroit River that has been designated as a Provincially Significant Wetland. With funding support from Environment and Climate Change Canada, ERCA repaired the existing dyke and installed pumping infrastructure and water level control structures to manipulate water levels on the inside of the dyke to improve habitat quality. Once the restoration plan is implemented, this wetland will provide valuable habitat to local marsh bird populations, amphibians, and reptiles.
Reach out to the IJC to share your high water impacts from 2019 
Wet conditions throughout the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River basin in the spring of 2019 resulted in record or near-record high water levels this past summer on all of the Great Lakes. These high water level conditions caused tremendous challenges, still ongoing in certain areas, for people living and working along the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River shoreline, including damage to homes and property.
The IJC's Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Adaptive Management (GLAM) Committee seeks to document and better understand the impacts associated with these high water levels. It's part of the committee's long-term efforts to support the IJC's International Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Board and International Lake Superior Board of Control in evaluating existing strategies for managing outflows from Lake Ontario and Lake Superior.  
Information provided by shoreline properties owners is critical for ensuring that scientific and engineering tools used to evaluate regulation plans under a range of wet and dry conditions accurately reflect the high water impacts that have been experienced.
To read more click here
New podcast series: Teach me about the Great Lakes  
Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant's Dr. Stuart Carlton has started a new monthly podcast called "Teach Me About the Great Lakes." The purpose of the podcast is to help Carlton-a social scientist who grew up in the South near the Gulf of Mexico-learn about the biology, ecology and natural history of the Great Lakes.

A new episode of Teach Me About the Great Lakes will be released on the first Monday of each month. The first two podcasts focus on microplastics and limnology. Catch up on the Podcast here!
Be part of the largest environmental volunteer event in Michigan-Ontario history. Join the Great Global Cleanup: Detroit River April 25th 2020. More information to come!
Extra! Extra! Read all about it!   
The Detroit River and Great Lakes 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 organizers for more information. 
Shiver on the River
February 1, 2020 , 10 am to 3 pm, Detroit Belle Isle Casino, 1 Casino Way, Detroit, MI 48209
Friends of the Detroit River is excited to announce their annual ecological family fair! Shiver on the River will have a variety of exhibits, displays, arts and crafts, and food trucks. Detroit Audubon will be doing a bird walk at 9 am, so be sure to get here early. The Detroit River Canadian Cleanup will also be present with a display about the progress so far on the Canadian side of the River. We look forward to seeing you!
February 6, 2020 , 6:30pm to 8pm, 360 Fairview Avenue West, Essex,  ON
Save the date! ERCA will be hosting a Volunteer Fair Open House on Thursday February 6th 2020 from 6:30pm to 8pm in Committee Room C (second floor). Visit anytime to learn about the upcoming year and join us for a short presentation from program staff at 7pm. For more information and to register, click here.
Exercise your body and brain during a brisk morning walk with one of Ojibway Nature Centre's naturalists. Explore our unique natural areas and meet new friends! Call Ojibway Nature Centre at (519) 966-5852 for locations. Fee is $30 for the four dates.
February 14 to 17 2020
You can join in the 23rd annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC), a free and fun event for all ages! Count birds and report your sightings to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations globally. Running from February 14-17, 2020, participants count birds for as little as 15 minutes on one or more days of the four-day event and report their sightings. Researchers at Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society review each checklist. This citizen science data helps researchers learn how bird populations are doing and develop actions to protect them.  
February 20, 2020 , 6 :30pm to 8:00pm, Committee Room C, Essex Civic Centre, 360 Fairview Avenue West, Essex, ON
How To Crew members participate in ERCA's community restoration events as the team that supports the planting plan, provide tree planting demonstrations, monitor planting quality to ensure long term growth and survival and manage all equipment on site during the event.
All are welcome to attend, and please register in advance.  
Little ones not yet ready to leave the pouch? Join the Ojibway Nature Centre for this exciting and fun parent/tot adventure in Ojibway Park! For more information, call (519) 966-5852.
A series of morning field trips to observe the incredible variety of birds that migrate through Ontario, lead by Paul Pratt. Morning field trips (3 hours) to Point Pelee. Fee: $17/adult, $15.50/senior each trip. M
eet at the tip parking lot, Point Pelee at 8:30 am.

The Detroit River Canadian Cleanup 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 goal is to remove the Detroit River from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern.