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.

See Fact Sheet
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Upper St. Clair River Shoreline:

Shoreline restoration along the Blue Water River Walk was completed in 2014.
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Marysville Living Shoreline:

Off River Road, this project was completed in 2013. It was led by the city of Marysville.

Marysville Fact Sheet 1
Marysville Fact Sheet 2

In-River Habitat Restoration:

These artificial reef habitats for fish are in the St. Clair River near Algonac. At least one habitat was finished in 2013. Two reef habitats were completed in summer 2014 near Algonac Hart’s Light at Marine City.

Reef Creation Photo Album
Restoration Project Update
MI SeaGrant: Videos of reef construction
Restoring Fish Habitat in the St. Clair River Fact Sheet
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River Walk Wetlands:

GLRI money also is helping to finance wetland construction at the south end of the Blue Water River Walk which will become St. Clair County Park and Recreation’s newest county park.