Lake St. Clair: Do Your Part!
We need your input about our water resources including the Clinton River, its tributaries and Lake St. Clair. Can you please take a few moments to complete this survey?
Lake St. Clair is often referred to as the heart of the Great Lakes, due to both its shape and position within the Great Lakes system. It is an important recreational, commercial, and aesthetic resource for nearly six million residents on both sides of the border. However, this vital and unique connecting waterway is being threatened by the harmful effects of stormwater runoff pollution.
Stormwater runoff occurs when rainwater and melting snow washes off parking lots, roads, driveways and rooftops collecting and depositing pollutants—such as excess fertilizer, oil, trash and feces—directly into our lakes and streams resulting in water quality and water quantity problems.
We are working to clean up and protect this important Great Lakes waterway – YOU can too!
Get involved today!
Join our Lake St. Clair Clean Water Team! Clean Water Action is putting together local teams to reduce polluted runoff in your community. Get involved by attending educational workshops, planting rain gardens, installing rain barrels, and/or helping lead teams of volunteers on a variety of different projects.
What is the solution to rainwater pollution? Catch the rain where it falls!
Install a rain barrel:
Rain barrels act as temporary storage spaces for stormwater by collecting falling rain from rooftops. Rain water can be reused for watering indoor and outdoor plants.
Plant a rain garden:
Rain gardens are specially designed as temporary storage spaces for stormwater, that are able to retain large amounts of water and endure dry spells. Rain gardens give stormwater an opportunity to drain and filter through the soil instead of running off into
Protect Michigan’s wetlands:
Wetlands are naturally designed to hold large amounts of water and allow it to slowly drain through the soil before reaching lakes, rivers and our drinking water supplies. Constructed wetlands are another viable solution that not only prevents pollutants from reaching our waterways, but can also provide natural habitats for local wild-life. Support efforts in your community to utilize wetlands for stormwater treatment, instead of allowing runoff into local waterways.
Support local clean water initiatives:
Thursday 3/12/13 - Lake St. Clair Clean Water Team Meeting
Thursday 3/14/13 - Transition St. Clair Shores Meeting
Saturday 3/16/13 - Clinton River Watershed Council Metro West River Outing
Saturday 4/13/13 - Clinton River Watershed Council Adopt-A-Stream-Training
Wednesday 4/24/13 - Clinton River Watershed Council General Bug I.D. Workshop
Thursday 5/2/13 - Clinton River Watershed Council General Bug I.D. Workshop
Saturday 5/11/13 - Clinton River Watershed Council Free Presentation: Native Plants for your Yard and Water Quality
Sunday 5/19/13 – St. Clair Shores Waterfront Environmental Committee Annual Nautical Coast Clean-Up
Thursday 6/8/13 - Clinton River Watershed Council River Day
Saturday 6/15/13 - Macomb Blue Economy Initiative Spring Splash
Communities are making decisions everyday that impact local water quality. Support your community leaders as they make decisions to implement practices like those listed above, which will result in cleaner water. One
of the main sources of polluted stormwater runoff is from our roads and parking lots; choices to utilize techniques like porous pavement will allow rainwater and snowmelt to soak through its surface for natural filtration instead of running off into local waterways.
For more information on how you can help, contact Margi Armstrong in our Macomb County Office; 586-493-0672 or by email