The environmental health of Lake St. Clair and its tributaries is of the utmost importance. Through the Blue Economy Initiative, Macomb County is working hard to protect and preserve these natural assets as well as to stimulate economic investment in these areas, enhancing the way residents, visitors and businesses experience the water. Here are some of the most recent accomplishments that have been made:
- Funded by the United States Geological Survey, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will conduct a creel census on Lake St. Clair to evaluate the health of the fishery and measure the environmental and economic impact of fishing.
- More than $4 million in grants were awarded from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency to the Clinton River Spillway Habitat Restoration project to improve fish spawning habitat and reduce phosphorus and sediment.
- The EPA awarded $2.3 million to the Partridge Creek Commons Habitat Restoration project to restore the Gloede Drain and diversify habitat on a former golf course.
- The Macomb/St. Clair Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area is being developed to eliminate phragmites colonies in the townships of Washington, Shelby, Chesterfield and Harrison.
- New Baltimore will receive a Michigan Trust Fund grant of $2.85 million to purchase and redevelop Schmid Marina.
- Chesterfield Township will develop the Wayne and Joan Webber Paddle Park to intersect the countywide network of trails and coastal paddling routes.
- The Spillway Boat Launch near Crocker Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue on Lake St. Clair in Harrison Township will be enhanced and offer contiguous greenway to downtown Mount Clemens.
- The Michigan Sea Grant’s Small Harbors program is helping New Baltimore create a new vision for its walkable downtown resulting in new investment and interest which can already be seen with recent developments.
- Located near the newer paddle park in Utica on the Clinton River, the recently-opened Jimmy John’s Field, an independent minor league baseball stadium, is already infusing new activity into the city’s historic downtown, bolstering greater paddling activity in the Clinton River.
- The Nautical Mile in St. Clair Shores is shoring up placemaking activities combined with environmental stewardship to boost this iconic shopping and entertainment district.
- Harrison Township, also known as “Boat Town USA,” boasts dozens of marinas and waterfront dining experiences that create a maritime ambiance found in very few places in the Midwest.