We hope that you have a wonderful, restful holiday. 2019 was a great year for us with two beneficial use impairments submitted for a status change from impaired to not impaired in the river. We're making progress, and if these status changes are approved, we are closer to delisting the river as an Area of Concern.

Great things are planned for 2020. 
Along with many tree plantings, clean ups and other events planned for 2020, we're looking forward to seeing the construction of a large new habitat creation project at Peche Island in the Detroit River.
Many thanks for the support and enthusiasm for the Detroit River in 2019 and we look forward to seeing you in 2020!  

All the best,
Jackie Serran and Gina Pannunzio
Detroit River Canadian Cleanup
New Parkway documentary - Eco- Highway
A video featuring actions, challenges and lessons learned in protecting species at risk and their habitat in the construction of the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway has been released. We are planning a film screening of Eco-Highway in the spring of next year. However, if you are unable to make it to our screening, you can view Eco-Highway here.
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. For more information click here

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!
Have your say 
The City of Windsor released their  2019 Draft Climate Change Adaptation Plan and Climate Change Impacts in Windsor - A Technical Document. These items are tabled for public comment until January 20, 2020, and any comments can be sent to emp@citywindsor.ca.
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. 
Tree Planting and Care Workshop
January 16, 2020 , 6:30 pm -8:00 pm, Essex Civic Centre, 360 Fairview Avenue West, Essex,  ON
This exciting and dynamic workshop will discuss ways in which you can get involved in the reforestation of Essex County. Learn about the environmental benefits of tree planting, grants and financial assistance to landowners for planting trees, the different tree planting techniques and the ways to care for your future forests and special shade trees.  The workshop takes place in Committee Room C of the Essex County Civic Centre. For more information, contact Rob at rdavies@erca.org or 519-776-5209 ext. 310
January 23, 2020 , 7 pm, 360 Fairview Avenue West, Essex,  ON
Join ERCA as they celebrate the accomplishments of 2019 and announce the Conservation Award Winners.

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.