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Think Regional/Act Local

Spotlight on Chrysler Beach – Marysville, St. Clair County

(Environment, Green infrastructure, SEMCOG Member Services, Stormwater management) Permanent link


August 20, 2014 - My colleague and carpool partner Bill Parkus recently spent some time in Marysville talking with city officials about environmental projects that may be eligible for grant funding. While he was there he got a tour of Chrysler Beach where Marysville is investing in its St. Clair River waterfront!


One of few sandy beaches on the river, this location was once a proving ground where Chrysler outboard motors were tested. Bill was really impressed with the existing riverwalk and planned improvements, such as a St.-Clair-River-inspired playground area, fish cleaning station, concessions, and enlarged boat access. He took a picture of the beginnings of a rain garden – near and dear to us at SEMCOG. The rain garden will be both beautiful and functional ‒ filtering stormwater runoff from the parking lot which will improve water quality in the river and reduce beach closures.


After talking to Bill, I went to Marysville’s website and found the waterfront has additional features complementing the beach, including a large grassy area and a gazebo (good spot for freighter watching!). The website also notes that additional vegetation is being planted to deter geese congregation.


The close proximity we in this region have to “big water” like the Detroit and St. Clair Rivers and Lake St. Clair is special – get outside and enjoy nature!



It is our only chance to even begin to address the power of Mother Nature.



Amy has been with SEMCOG for over 20 years. Much of that time has been spent working the member relations beat. In this role, she is responsible for ensuring SEMCOG member communities are represented on SEMCOGÕs General Assembly, that these local officials are aware of SEMCOG benefits, and that they know how to access the benefits. She oversees the processes that govern the organization and assists members in participating on SEMCOG governing bodies. Amy has a MasterÕs degree in Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University.

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