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Saturday October 22nd, 2016

Posted at 8:18pm

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The percentage of wetland habitat in the Essex region grew a this week after Enbridge and Essex Region Conservation planted trees, shrubs, wildflowers and other riparian plants at a one-acre wetland, located on County Road 50 near Holiday Beach Conservation Area.

“Wetlands improve water quality, filter surface runoff, provide groundwater recharge, reduce flooding and erosion, and maintain soil moisture during drought conditions,” explained Claire Wales, Vice President of the Essex Region Conservation Foundation. “It is estimated that 98% of the wetlands in the Essex region have been lost. Essex Region Conservation, together with tremendous partners like Enbridge, are working hard to change this.”

Enbridge committed $30,000 toward the project, and their employees assisted the elementary students in planting the wetland species.

“When we came across the opportunity to partner with the Essex Region Conservation Foundation we knew it was a perfect fit, as it aligns perfectly with the environmental benefits provided by our Amherstburg Solar Farm,” said Ian MacRobbie, General Manager, Green Energy, Enbridge. “Enbridge is proud to be part of everyday life in Essex County, helping do what we can to fuel this community’s quality of life. We’re especially proud to be able to partner with community organizations like the Essex Region Conservation Foundation on important initiatives that contribute to the health and sustainability of rural and urban landscapes.”

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