Imagine the place in which you wish to live. Does it have clean water running through its lakes and rivers? Is the water swimmable, fishable, and drinkable? Does it have enough green space to offset the effects of its developed areas? Are there connected parks and conservation areas for wildlife? Does it feature a high quality of life, with trails and natural lands for health and recreation? This is the future the Essex Region Conservation Authority is striving for. Realizing this goal through protection, restoration, education, planning and management not only improves our local environment, but also helps to create a sustainable future, an enhanced community identity we can all be proud of, and a more vibrant economy that can set this region ahead of others. Indeed, there has never been a more exciting time to be involved in watershed protection.