St. Clair River Projects

In 2009, the first-ever, large-scale financial commitment to address persistent & historical environmental problems in the Great Lakes. This program, known as the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, was funded at $475 million in 2010. The St. Clair River has benefited greatly from numerous projects funded under this initiative. In addition to the five fish and wildlife habitat projects currently underway, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative money has been used for other projects in the St. Clair River, including:
1Can we drink the water?
Yes! Five municipalities along the river’s shoreline draw water from the river and purify it for human consumption. The drinking water meets or surpasses all state and federal health requirements. Most water intake plants on the St. Clair River do extra monitoring to detect real-time spills so that water intake can be stopped if a foreign substance is detected. This is the St. Clair River-Lake St. Clair Monitoring Group.
2Can we eat the fish?
Yes! All Great Lakes sport fish contain some contaminants so certain species should be eaten in moderation. For recommendations on fish species that contain low levels of chemicals go to
3Can we swim at the beaches?
Yes! Seasonal testing conducted by the St. Clair County Health Department at fifteen Great Lakes beaches indicates bacterial levels are generally at safe levels for swimming. Beaches still close occasionally especially after a heavy rainfall. For current beach closings call the 24-hour hotline at (810) 987-7253 or visit “St Clair County Beaches” on Facebook.

Port Huron North:

Near Pine Grove Park, just south of the Hollyhock, the shoreline restoration was completed in 2012. The project was led by the city of Port Huron.

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Marysville's Living Shoreline

The City of Marysville’s Living Shoreline Restoration Project competed against 1,000 other applicants to become one of the 270 projects funded under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, and in 2012 the project was completed on the banks of the St. Clair River. This project involved habitat restoration and establishing native plant life. To accomplish this, a total of 1,885 feet of steel seawall was removed and replaced with a reinforced rocky shoreline creating a more naturalized shoreline. The design included seawall removal, an elevated improved boardwalk, emergent and submergent wetland vegetation, native plants, gravel and cobble beds in the water, and riprap bank protection. The rocky shores provide spawning and nursery habitat for fish, while wetland and upland prairie vegetation benefit birds and other wildlife. Additional plantings create a transitional area between the deep waters of the St. Clair River and the upland areas along the shore. This is one of nine projects completed under the “DELISTING TARGETS FOR LOSS OF FISH & WILDLIFE HABITAT BENEFICIAL USE IMPAIRMENT OF THE ST. CLAIR RIVER AREA OF CONCERN” that gets us one step closer to removing this BUI from the St. Clair River.

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