Habitat protection work on Peche Island wraps up

Three years later, the City of Windsor is done protecting the Page Island habitat.

Peche Island has shrunk by nearly 17 acres since 1931, awakened by the strong currents of the Detroit River and the passage of freighters on the waterway.

“This project will alleviate the loss of more land on Peche Island, which will also help improve local water quality by reducing soil erosion,” said Kevin Money, Director of Conservation Services, Essex Regional Conservation Authority. “We’ve seen positive effects on habitat characteristics built from submerged aquatic vegetation that’s beginning to grow and mature.”

Over the past few years, the city has built a natural barrier along the northeast coast using 5,605 tons of stone and rock to form the revetment wall. Another 11,785 tons were placed on the north side of the island, forming nine islands of refuge 50 meters long. It is hoped that the islands and walls will stop erosion and improve fish habitat, especially for at-risk North Matom.

“Peche Island is a treasure for our city and region,” said Mayor Drew Dilkens. “This work will help ensure the island remains a recreational destination and a protected environmental habitat for future generations.”

The project, which cost approximately $4.5 million, is a partnership between the city and the Essex Regional Conservation Authority. It receives funding from the provincial and federal governments.

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