Like all Conservation Authorities in Ontario, the Essex Region Conservation Authority is empowered through provincial legislation to further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources other than gas, oil, coal and minerals. This mandate remains as valid today as it was in 1946, when the first Conservation Authority was established. We were established in 1973 as one of the last Conservation Authorities in Ontario to work toward managing natural hazards and conservation issues. Located at the tip of Southern Ontario, ERCA has jurisdiction in nine municipalities. These include the City of Windsor, Town of Pelee and the seven municipalities in Essex County . Nineteen representatives from these communities make up our Board of Directors. The area of our jurisdiction measures 1,681 square kilometres. To provide effective services and programs, we work in partnership with our member municipalities, federal and provincial ministries and other organizations.We are uniquely organized on a watershed basis. A watershed is the area of land that drains to a river, creek or lake. We all live in and are connected by watersheds, and to protect water quality and use water wisely, we must understand this ecological neighbourhood. Because we cross municipal boundaries, all environmental decisions can be assessed on the basis of their impact on the entire watershed. Our projects and programs are guided by our 2016-2025 Strategic Plan.
The Place for Life
The Place for Life is a region with connected natural areas. A place with healthy rivers and streams, beaches you can swim in and lakes you can fish in. It has greenways and trails that connect you to your landscape and to each other. A place with productive agricultural lands. A sustainable place that is resilient and can adapt to change.
We embrace this place, and make it our home. For life.
To enrich and sustain our region as the Place for Life.
How You Can Help
Every day, in every way, we have the opportunity to make sustainable choices to lessen our impact on the environment. Planting native trees, choosing reusable containers, conserving water, saying ‘no’ to straws and bottled water are just some of the ways we can make a difference!