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Friday February 14th, 2014

Posted at 2:00pm

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The Essex Region Conservation Authority has unanimously approved its 2014 budget at a total of $7.1 million, which includes a $2.7 million levy contribution from member municipalities.

Overall, this represents an increase totalling just $0.36 per household. “ERCA’s budget respects the pressures that municipalities face in limiting tax increases, while at the same time recognizes the important and pressing needs of our regional environment,” said Richard Wyma, General Manager.

Highlights of 2014 include Completing the highly anticipated eco-washroom at Holiday Beach Conservation Area, updating and submitting the final Source Protection Plan to the Ministry of Environment, and working with the City of Windsor on designs and improvements to the Grand Marais Drain and Little River. Others include completing management plans for the Holiday Beach Conservation Area, upgrading facilities at John R. Park Homestead, Maidstone and Kopegaron Conservation Areas, and working with partners to implement the Essex Region Natural Heritage System Strategy through participation in municipal Official Plan updates.

ERCA also plans to restore at least 125 acres of land and plant more than 140,000 trees across the region, complete the Intensity-Duration-Frequency Curve project with the City of Windsor, the Ontario Climate Consortium, and other member municipalities, and develop a research strategy with the University of Windsor and other partners. Enhancing information and education, volunteer and outdoor education programs are also on this year’s slate of projects.

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