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Restoring and Protecting Lake St. Clair

Lake St. Clair aerialLake St. Clair is one of Southeast Michigan’s jewels that  must be protected and restored. SEMCOG works to restore and protect Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River through the implementation of the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair Comprehensive Management Plan. 

SEMCOG facilitates the Lake St. Clair/St. Clair River Protection and Restoration Partnership. The Partnership contains representatives of 36 organizations including local, state, regional and federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations, business, universities and associations. The goal of the partnership is to implement the management plan resulting in protection and restoration of the river and lake. To learn more about the partnership, click here.

The Partnership is working to develop a five-year list of priority implementation projects. Developing this list will assist Congress and federal agencies in identifying funding priorities on which to focus.  Also, the Partnership will develop a funding strategy by linking available funding programs to these  projects.

The partnership has identified the following planning priorities that will assist in evaluating projects for protecting and restoring Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River:

• Conserve and restore habitat
• Stormwater management through retrofits
• Identify and reduce sources of bacteria
• Use of technology in protecting and restoring Lake St. Clair
• Enhance public use of Lake St. Clair Watershed 

 
Call for Projects: 2014 Update of the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair Strategic  Implementation Plan
The Lake St. Clair/St. Clair River Partnership has developed a  Strategic Implementation Plan (SIP), the official document containing the priorities of the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair Comprehensive Management Plan.  The SIP is an iterative document that is intended to be updated by the Lake St. Clair/St. Clair River Partnership as priorities of the management plan change.  The SIP was first developed in 2011 containing 71 priorities for protecting and restoring the Lake St. Clair resource that will be jointly implemented by the federal, state and local partners. This list of priorities will assist the Partnership, in identifying  priorities on which to fund.  The SIP is not a funding opportunity.  Rather, it conveys the Partnership’s sense of priority to Congress as well as state and federal agencies for implementing the Management Plan.

The Partnership intends to update the SIP in 2014.  Lake St. Clair Partners and Stakeholders are invited to submit new projects for inclusion in the SIP.  Existing projects that are completed or underway will be removed or reclassified.  A Project Solicitation Package is now available. The solicitation package provides the process through which projects are submitted to the Partnership.

Access the Project Solicitation Package.

Current Efforts to Protect and Restore the Lake St. Clair Watershed
The protection and restoration of the Lake St. Clair Watershed will require numerous improvements. Some of these projects will implement sustainable practices that can increase the public’s access to and enjoyment of the Lake St. Clair Watershed.  The public that has access to, and uses the resource will engage in its protection. Please click here for a list of current projects that are protecting the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair resource. 

Implementation Funding 
Several partners received implementation funding for projects located within the St. Clair River and Lake St. Clair watershed through the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF). SEMCOG congratulates Clay Township, Cottrellville Township and St. Clair County for their successful applications to the MNRTF. The MNRTF Board released its 2011 project recommendations for funding on December 7, 2011.  Please click here for a description of the successful SIP Solicitation Package projects within the Lake St. Clair Watershed.