Through our comprehensive monitoring and watershed management programs, ERCA and other Conservation Authorities recognize the growing impacts of climate change on a daily basis. These include more frequent flooding, stressed biodiversity, and other challenges. ERCA is currently working with municipal partners to coordinate a Regional Climate Strategy.
Web-Based Climate Data
Thanks to a partnership with Campbell Scientific, ERCA presently hosts five online climate stations that provide real-time date on rainfall, temperature, and in some cases, wind conditions. Click here for more information.
Climate Change Workshop
“Climate change is here. It affects us now.” – Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Ontario is warming faster than the global average and bringing with it floods, drought, wind, heat and other unpredictable and severe weather events. Following devastating urban and shoreline flooding over the last several years, ERCA prioritized climate change action in several areas of its current Strategic Plan and hired a Climate Change Specialist. In December 2018, in partnership with the Ontario Climate Consortium, ERCA brought together municipalities, researchers, and non-profit organizations to take action on climate change as a region.
The 2018 workshop included a keynote presentation from Dr. Dianne Saxe, an introduction from Richard Wyma (ERCA), and an overview of City of Windsor adaptation and mitigation programs from Karina Richters. Panel presentations featured local and regional government practitioners outside of the Essex Region to provide examples of lessons learned for incorporating climate change into practice, developing partnerships and providing engagement strategies for collaboration at a regional scale. These experts provided a range of perspectives including the Region of Durham (Brian Kelly), the Bay Area Climate Change Office (Andrea McDowell), Great Lakes Integrated Science and Assessment – GLISA (Jenna Jorns), and Credit Valley Conservation (Christine Zimmer). The workshop report can be found here.
From this workshop came the development of the Essex Region Climate Collaborative. The Essex Region Climate Collaborative brings together community leaders, experts, regional stakeholders, and community members in an effort to move towards a low-carbon economy and improve our resilience to our changing climate. This regional collaborative will build on the foundation laid by the on-going work of many municipalities, including the City of Windsor’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan and Community Energy Plan. From developing policy to identifying adaptation strategies for our unique natural environment, the collaborative will set priorities for local climate action on a regional scale.