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Sunday January 20th, 2013

Posted at 11:00am

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This year, The Essex Region Conservation Authority celebrates 40 years of conserving the environment of Windsor, Essex County and Pelee Island and they have a number of activities and events planned.

“The Essex Region Conservation Authority was formed by vote of the municipalities in our region,” explained Richard Wyma, ERCA’s General Manager. “Order in Council 1900/73 dated July 18, 1973, gave the Authority jurisdiction over the watershed of all streams within the County of Essex, flowing into Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River, and Lake Erie.” Since that time, ERCA has implemented thousands of projects and programs aimed at protecting and restoring the region’s natural environment.

Throughout the year, they will hold 40 community events, and invite the entire community to help in a 40 acre restoration projects at Big Creek.

During Earth Week in April, ERCA will host its official birthday celebration with an open house at Walkerville Brewery in Windsor and this fall, ERCA will plant its six millionth trees.

On Friday, ERCA announced a re-launch of their refreshed website. “We needed to upgrade our site to meet AODA standards, but we have also taken the opportunity to refresh the look, improve its usability, and highlight 40 Years of Conservation,” explained Danielle Breault Stuebing, ERCA’s Director of Communications and Education. “We’ve tried to make it very easy for the site’s users to navigate and access our many programs and services.”

ERCA also announced the launch of the 40 Conservation Champions. “From February through November, we will recognize four individuals each month who have made significant contributions toward shaping the natural environment and conservation ethic in our region,” Breault Stuebing went on to say. “Anyone can nominate deserving individuals through our website.” The first Conservation Champions will be announced in February.

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