Essex Region Conservation Authority holds annual AGM

 

 

By Ron Giofu

 

The Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) held its annual general meeting last Thursday night in Essex and the same heads of the board will remain another year.

As Windsor city councillor Ed Sleiman and Lakeshore councillor Len Janisse were elected to two-year terms at last year’s AGM, elections were not held this year and Sleiman took the time to thank staff and volunteers for their service while also looking forward to another year as chair.

Sleiman said much had been accomplished in 2015.

The Essex Region Conservation Authority handed out its 2016 Conservation Awards as part of the AGM held at the Essex Civic Centre Jan. 21.

The Essex Region Conservation Authority handed out its 2016 Conservation Awards as part of the AGM held at the Essex Civic Centre Jan. 21.

“We increased our focus on water quality projects, particularly in the western basin of Lake Erie, planted 125,450 trees, restored over 142 acres of habitat, created four new wetlands and worked with over 2,500 volunteers in the past year,” Sleiman stated.

The meeting featured dignitaries and politicians from around the area. Elected officials in attendance included Windsor-Tecumseh MPP and former ERCA chair Percy Hatfield, Warden Tom Bain and mayors Aldo DiCarlo of Amherstburg, John Paterson of Leamington, Ron McDermott of Essex and deputy mayors Hilda MacDonald of Leamington and Joe Bachetti of Tecumseh. Bachetti is also another former ERCA chair.

The evening’s guest speaker was Mitch Wilson, district manager with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Wilson outlined the MNR’s longstanding partnership with ERCA and said the provincial ministry’s relationships with conservation areas “has never been stronger.”

Wilson noted the MNR’s role in developing the Big Creek Watershed Plan and highlighted the planting of a 20-acre Riparian buffer along the Big Creek. He also noted the ministry’s role in working to protect the Detroit River and various local watersheds in the region.

Amherstburg’s representatives on the Essex Region Conservation Authority are Councillor Rick Fryer and Ron Sutherland.

 

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