Environment Canada

Environment Canada

May 21, 2009 10:28 ET

Federal Government and Partners Deliver on Commitment to Improve Detroit River

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 21, 2009) - Jeff Watson, Member of Parliament for Essex, on behalf of the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment, extended the Government of Canada's congratulations today at an event celebrating the successful excavation and removal of contaminated sediment and bank soil at Turkey Creek.

The remediation project removed approximately 975 cubic meters of contaminated sediments and bank soil from the creek. Work on the project ran from August to November 2008. Project partners included Environment Canada, Ontario's Ministry of the Environment, the City of Windsor, the Essex Region Conservation Authority, the Detroit River Canadian Cleanup, and local industry representatives. Environment Canada contributed $250,000 to the total project cost.

Turkey Creek is a tributary of the Detroit River. Remediation of this area will not only address the contamination that has been biologically available to aquatic life and has contributed to the fish advisories found within the Detroit River but will also prevent the movement of these contaminants downstream.

"We are proud to be partners in this important initiative. Thanks to the actions taken here at Turkey Creek, we have improved the state of the Detroit River and produced a cleaner local environment," said MP Jeff Watson. "We have also taken an important step in ensuring a healthy and sustainable future for the nearly three million citizens in Canada and the United States who rely on the watersheds of Lake St. Clair, Lake Erie and the connecting Detroit River."

Turkey Creek is also part of the Detroit River Area of Concern (AOC) under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. This project is a significant contribution to the restoration of water quality and environmental health in the AOC, and helps Canada meet its commitments. The investment in cleaning up the Detroit River is part of the Government of Canada's Action Plan for Clean Water.

Minister Prentice said "Our Government is committed to clean water and clean air and to delivering results for Canadians. Thanks to the hard work of Environment Canada and our partners we've addressed a major ecological challenge in the area and have made a real difference for Windsor and Essex County."

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of the Environment
    Frederic Baril
    Press Secretary
    Environment Canada
    Media Relations