The Essex Region Conservation Area has received federal money to help improve water quality within some priority watersheds of the Detroit River.

The conservation authority will received $138,000 to be used to improve conditions for fish and wildlife habitat in "areas of concern."

Oshawa MP Colin Carrie made the announcement in Sarnia on Wednesday on behalf of the Minister of Environment.

Projects include buffers, soil erosion prevention structures and rain gardens for the Turkey Creek, Little River and Canard River watersheds.

The money was part of $1.5 million the Government of Canada’s Great Lakes Sustainability Fund is contributing to 27 new projects in the Canadian Great Lakes' areas of concern.

Of that $1.5 million, $413,000 will help pay for four new projects for the St. Clair River and the Detroit River areas of Concern.

Great Lakes' areas of concern are areas where the environment and water quality are severely degraded. Restoring them is a priority because they impact the health of the ecosystem locally and collectively across the Great Lakes basin.

Projects supported by the Great Lakes Sustainability Fund typically focus on restoring fish and wildlife habitat and populations, cleaning up contaminated sediment, and controlling pollution from municipal wastewater, urban storm water and rural run‐off.

Of the 17 Areas of Concern identified on the Canadian side of the Great Lakes, three have been restored.

Other projects receiving funding Wednesday include:

  • $75,000 for the pump station supervisory control and data acquisition system in the city of Sarnia.
  • $90,000 for the Rural Lambton Stewardship Network's Ct. Clair River Stewardship and Habitat Restoration Coordination.
  • $110,000 for the St. Clair Region Conservation Authority's St. Clair River Shoreline Restoration Project.

To read the entire media release and background, including more details on the projects, see the document below.