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Reports, Studies and Plans

In this section of our website you will find various reports, studies and plans provided by the Town of Amherstburg. Please continue to check back for updated content.

 Big Creek Watershed Plan


The Big Creek Watershed has a drainage area of over 7,300 hectares (18,000 acres) and includes parts of the urban core of Amherstburg as well as rural and agricultural lands. Big Creek Marsh is the watershed's largest natural heritage feature, and consists of approximately 900 hectares (2,500 acres) of Provincially Significant Wetland (PSW) that has a controlled outlet to Lake Erie. Alterations to drainage, re-routing of watercourses, and clearing of natural features in the Big Creek Watershed since European settlement, have resulted in changes to watershed hydrology, reductions in water quality, and diminished ecological function. However, terrestrial fieldwork of the marsh areas at the southern end of the watershed contains one of the best examples of a shoreline lacustrine wetland in the Province of Ontario. The major historical diversions of headwater areas out of the Big Creek watershed have resulted in the loss of approximately half of the original watershed area. This has substantially affected the natural hydrology and flow conditions of this watershed.

big creek marsh foliage

The quality and health of Big Creek is a fundamental aspect of a healthy watershed and the health of communities in the watershed. A watershed-based approach to manage natural resources is vital to the protection and sustenance of a healthy watershed. The Town of Amherstburg, in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE), the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA), and a group of private hunt clubs from the watershed, initiated the Big Creek Watershed Plan. This Plan aims to affirm and/or identify and assess natural resources in the Big Creek watershed, and to recommend appropriate strategies for the protection or management of the varied natural resource values and community priorities that exist in the area. Three key watershed-based studies inform the Plan. These are the Water Quantity Report, the Water Quality Study, and the Natural Heritage Study.

Big Creek Watershed Plan

The Town of Amherstburg, Essex Region Conservation Authority, and its partners initiated a watershed planning process for the Big Creek watershed. The Watershed Plan has been supported by several technical studies and included a broad public consultation process.  It will be used to inform and influence decisions and policies relating to land and water stewardship throughout the watershed.

Big Creek Watershed Plan Studies

 Development Charges Study

 To view the Development Charges Study CLICK HERE. 

 Development Manual

 To view the Development Manual CLICK HERE. 

 Community Strategic Plan

Click the image below to download the Community Strategic Plan for 2022 though 2026.


 Decorative:  2022 to 2026 Community Strategic Plan

 Drinking Water Quality Management System


A Quality Management System is a series of policies, procedures and documents that outline organizational structure, responsibilities and resources. One of the recommendations made by Justice O'Connor in the Walkerton Water Inquiry was to implement a municipal drinking water licensing program. Under the Safe Water Act, 2002 the implementation of a Drinking Water Quality Management Standard was one piece of the new licensing program.

You can learn more about the DWQMS by viewing:

Town of Amherstburg Operational Plan


 Emergency Plan

 To view the Emergency Plan and to learn about Emergency Preparedness CLICK HERE. 

Environmental Plans & Reports 


NOTICE : Riverfront Project- Notice of Intent and Invitation for Public Comment

PLAN : Riverfront Project- Location Map

PLAN : Riverfront Project- Preliminary Concept Plan

REPORT : Riverfront Project- October 18th, 2018 Drop-In Centre Power Point Presentation

REPORT : Riverfront Project- October 18th, 2018 Drop-In Centre Power Point Presentation


 Financial Reports

 To view financial reports CLICK HERE.

 Financial Statements

 To view financial statements CLICK HERE. 

 Official Plan

To view the Official Plan CLICK HERE.

 Police Annual Reports

To view the Windsor Police Service Annual Board Report CLICK HERE. 


 Riverfront Project Reports


Project Status:

At this time the MECA process has been substantially completed. The Notice of Completion has been published and the 30 day review period has begun.

 Interested parties will have a minimum of 30 calendar days (from the date of Notice) to submit comments. If the concerns cannot be resolved, a person may request that the Minister of the Environment make an order for the project to comply with Part II of the Environmental Assessment Act (referred to as a Part II Order) which addresses individual environmental assessments.

If no Part II Orders are received as a result of the Notice, the Town of Amherstburg may proceed with the design and construction of the project if and when it is desired.

Notice of Completion

Riverfront Festival Plaza and Marina-Class Environmental Assessment (Part 1)

Riverfront Festival Plaza and Marina-Class Environmental Assessment (Part 2)

Drop-In Centre #2 Display Material- Power Point Presentation

Drop-In Centre #1 Display Material- Power Point Presentation

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