Amherstburg – The percentage of wetland habitat in the Essex region grew a little today as 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.
The Holiday Beach Demonstration Wetland is a controlled wetland habitat that will improve water quality by reducing phosphorus runoff. It will also serve as a demonstration project to inspire other landowners to recreate this type of wetland on their private property.
“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, a North American energy transportation and delivery leader, is committed to leadership and corporate social responsibility, and committed $30,000 toward the project. Enbridge 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.”
This project will serve as a model of Best Management Practices for landowners, demonstrating the reduction in the amount of sediment and nutrients in our waterways. “This project is ideally suited in our region where the landscape is covered by heavy clay soil and our waterways are experiencing high nutrient levels which impact Lake Erie,” explained Ed Sleiman, Chairman of the Essex Region Conservation Authority. “In addition to habitat and water quality benefits, this site will now become a living classroom for neighbouring schools.”
For more than four decades, Essex Region Conservation has been sustaining and enriching the environment of the Windsor-Essex-Pelee Island region to ensure it is the Place for Life.
Photo: Ed Sleiman, Tracey Ramsey, Ian McRobbie, Claire Wales, Taras Natyshak and Annette Zahaluk unveil the sign for the Holiday Beach Demonstration Wetland.
Danielle Breault Stuebing
Director, Communications & Outreach Services