You're Invited: 7th Annual Detroit River Evening!
Join Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Ministry
Keynote Speaker, Marty Gervais
of the Environment and Climate Change and other DRCC partners for our 7th Annual Detroit River Evening. Hear updates about the work taking place on the river and come listen to our keynote speaker, City of Windsor's poet laureate Marty Gervais, who will be Telling Stories from the River. The evening will include updates on Detroit River restoration projects and the release of our annual report.

Where: Windsor Yacht Club (9000 Riverside Drive East)
When: Wednesday, June 21st 6:30pm-9pm

Everyone is welcome at this FREE EVENT. To register:
Paddle the Detroit River
As part of a national effort to recognize and celebrate Canada's Heritage Rivers, as well as the country's 150th birthday, the Essex Region Conservation Authority and a number of local partners will host free paddling events throughout the Detroit River watershed on Sunday, June 4. Amateur and expert paddlers alike will have the opportunity to explore the Detroit River, and a number of its tributaries, alongside professional guides.

Participants will enjoy paddling in one of four locations in the Detroit River watershed. On the river's east end, Windsor Adventure Inc. and Paddle Anywhere will provide kayak and canoe tours to Peche Island, where the river meets Lake St. Clair. Both companies will provide three paddling sessions throughout the day, starting at 9:00am.

Heading west, participants can also enjoy a leisurely guided canoe tour of the River Canard in LaSalle. With three trips departing from River Canard Park starting at 10:00am, paddlers will learn about the natural and human history of the waterway with an experienced river guide.

For those looking to clean up the environment while paddling can participate in the Turkey Creek Canoe Cleanup, hosted at Vince Marcotte Park in LaSalle starting at 11:30am. Participants will head out on the water and collect garbage. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided, along with a limited supply of canoes. Those with their own canoe or kayak can also sign up to help clean up the waterway.

Event details, locations, and registration can be found online at
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 and submit written comments by e-mail to by Wednesday June 7, 2017. Thank you in advance for your feedback.
DRCC Greens the Community
The DRCC participated in multiple spring gardening and tree planting projects across the Detroit River watershed in May. Thanks to Tecumseh Vista Academy, St. Peter Catholic Elementary, St. Joseph Catholic Elementary, the Little River Enhancement Group, Forests Ontario, the City of Windsor, Essex Region Conservation Authority, the Windsor Port Authority and Sandwich Teen Action Group for improving habitat and water quality for the river! To read more about these projects and view photos, please visit
Calling all Anglers!
Are you an experienced angler who is willing to volunteer some of your time teaching young children and families how to fish? Consider signing up as an 'Expert Angler' during the Detroit River Family Fishing Day on July 8th! We will be hosting this fun learn to fish event with Caesars Windsor, the Windsor Sportsmen's Club and other community groups. Please contact us at or visit  
DRCC Presents at IAGLR 2017
Essex Region Conservation Authority, Friends of the Detroit River and the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup attending IAGLR 2017
The International Association for Great Lakes Research (IAGLR) is a scientific organization with researchers studying the Laurentian Great Lakes, other large lakes of the world, and their watersheds. The IAGLR 2017 'From Cities to Farms: Shaping the Great Lakes' conference took place in Detroit, MI from May 5 to 9 2017. The DRCC presented an update on the RAP and discussed the importance of collaborating with multiple groups in the community to restore the river together.
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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. 
Eau Canada 150
June 4th 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! Details:
Full Moon Float
Friday June 9th 2017, River Canard Canoe Co., 9350 Malden Road, LaSalle. Starts at 9:30pm.  
Full Moon Float - experience the moon over the Canard River as you paddle the quiet silk waters - bullfrogs, owls and other species fill the night sky. Join the river guides for this remarkable experience. Special rates of $20.00 for all canoe or kayaks. Call 519-734-8558 for more information.
Science Saturday
Saturday June 10th 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.
Belle Isle Park Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday June 15th 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!
South Coast Adventure Race
Saturday June 17th 2017,8am to 5pm, location TBD  
This beginner - intermediate multi-sport adventure race course will include cycling, trekking, orienteering and paddling. Solo racers or teams of 2 or 3 male, female, co-ed or youth participants can put their skills to the test along this 6-8 hour race course. Race details and registration information at
Stewardship Saturday
Saturday June 17th 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 *Location: Meet on Central Avenue, just east of Portage Way (FYI, this street is listed as Meadow Rd in google maps*
Detroit River Evening
June 21 2017, Windsor Yacht Club (9000 Riverside Drive East), 6:30pm to 9:30pm   
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.
Everyone is welcome at this FREE EVENT. To register:

Detroit River Family Fishing Day
July 8 2017, Dieppe Park, Windsor ON. 8:30am to 1pm   
Save the date! Join the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup (DRCC), Caesars Windsor and Windsor Sportsmen's Club at Dieppe Park for a family friendly fishing event. For more information please visit
Citizens Environmental Alliance State of the Detroit River Boat Tour
July 8 2017, Windsor ON. 12pm to 4pm.  
 Expert narration about the Detroit River's environmental hot spots and unique fish and wildlife habitats. This is an excellent opportunity to see why we must continue to value this special river and do what we can to protect it. This boat tour includes lunch and a cash bar. Registration is $35 CAN/ $30 US. Tickets can be purchased through PayPal via the CEA website. Tickets can also be purchased by cash or cheque at the CEA office, 1950 Ottawa St., Windsor, ON. Contact 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.