Algae bloom on Lake Erie are shown in this 2014 file photo.
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The Essex Region Conservation Authority unanimously approved its 2019 budget and will continue to focus on climate change and reducing harmful blue-green algal blooms.The $7.7-million budget includes a levy of $3.2 million. It is a 2.85 per cent increase overall and each municipality contributes to the levy based on population.The conservation authority calculates that the increase works out to $10 per person in the region which is 32 cents more per person than last year.“Canadians have identified climate change as the greatest threat to our future, according to a recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change,” ERCA general manager Richard Wyma said in a news release Friday. “We will continue to work with municipalities and others to research regional vulnerabilities, impacts and best practices.”Using federal funding, the conservation authority will continue to work on reducing phosphorus run-off that contributes to algal blooms in Lake Erie.The budget includes money to plant more than 60 acres of forest and prairie, rehabilitate a 70-acre wetland on the Canard River, and create new fish habitat on Windsor’s Peche Island.Related email@example.com/winstarhill