Hillman Marsh is protected from Lake Erie thanks to Ducks Unlimited

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Leamington’s Hillman Marsh Conservation Area has undergone extensive restoration thanks to the Ontario government and Ducks Unlimited Canada.

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Record water levels in the Great Lakes in recent years, combined with severe storms, had washed away the long crest of the beach that had protected the Hillman Marsh from the great waves of Lake Erie.

Engineering inspections of the water management infrastructure were carried out last year and it was discovered that the lake had begun to breach an earthen levee protection system that helped maintain water levels conducive to maintaining the habitats of the lakes. marshes.

The restoration at Hillman Marsh was funded by the Ontario Wetlands Conservation Partner Program , a $ 30 million five-year program that focuses on improving and restoring wetlands in the Great Lakes watersheds, supporting municipal stormwater management, and building resilience to climate change.

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“We are incredibly grateful for this investment in Hillman Marsh and the Essex region,” said ERCA President Tania Jobin.

“These repairs will ensure the continued sustainability of Hillman Marsh as part of the Lake Erie ecosystem, providing significant green infrastructure to mitigate flooding, as a key destination for bird watching and nature-based tourism, and a dedicated site for involve young people in outdoor education “.

Owned by the Essex Region Conservation Authority, Hillman Marsh is located at the base of Point Pelee National Park and represents one of the last pieces of land in the area untouched by residential development or agriculture.

The area attracts many migratory birds and the swamp provides many other environmental benefits.

A bulldozer pushes sand delivered by a dump truck on Hillman Marsh Beach on May 8, 2019. High lake levels have eroded large portions of the beach.
A bulldozer pushes sand delivered by a dump truck on Hillman Marsh Beach on May 8, 2019. High lake levels have eroded large portions of the beach. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

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