25th Annual Nautical Coast Cleanup Final Report

Though this year's COVID-19 pandemic caused several challenges, eager participants were fortunate to host this year's 25th Annual Nautical Coast Cleanup still.  The St. Clair Shores Waterfront Environmental Committee (SCSWEC) scheduled the event during its usual occurrence in May but postponed it until social distancing restrictions permitted safe outdoor gatherings.  This year's Cleanup proceeded on Sunday, September 13, with limited participation of 100 volunteers.

The weather favored the event with winds S/SW at 10 - 15 mph and the air temperature around 65 degrees. Lake St. Clair lake levels remained at the same height or close to the 1986 historical high.  The SCSWEC, participating volunteers, and volunteers from various groups concentrated on the public beaches and lakefront parks; groups of homeowners worked on their private shoreline areas. Because of the reduced participation, SCSWEC chose to focus on Veterans Memorial Park, Blossom Heath Park, and Chapaton Retention Basin this year. The final tally recorded approximately 100 participants. These volunteers' diligent efforts resulted in filling two 20-yard GFL dumpsters, amounting to nearly 12 tons. This 25-year effort has resulted in the total removal of 807 tons of debris from Lake St. Clair.

Cleanup Highlights:

  • Planned and executed a social-distancing plan
  • Implemented a touch-less, online registration process
  • Collected and removed debris at--
    • Blossom Heath beach, fishing pier, and Coast Guard road
    • Veterans Memorial beach and shoreline
    • Chapaton Retention Basin shoreline, boat launch, and fishing area
  • Continued the annual Lake St. Clair celebration with lunch and speakers


The SCSWEC thanks the Jefferson Yacht Club for providing their clubhouse as this year's headquarters again. Many thanks to the participating waterfront homeowners and school district students.  The SCSWEC extends its gratitude to this year's participating sponsors: "We Are Here Foundation," GFL Environmental, and Advanced Aquatics, Laparl Real Estate. Tremendous gratitude to the city and Mayor Walby for supporting the event and the Council members who came out. Finally, the event could not proceed without the City of St. Clair Shores for their front-end loaders and drivers, SCSWEC members, and all of the volunteers below who made this year's event go on, despite pandemic challenges.  It takes everyone working together to make this event work -- thank you!

Sunday, 22 May 2022


     Calendar of Events for 2022          .pdf of 2022 Event Card

     REGULAR MONTHLY MEETINGS -- 3rd Tuesday of the month @ 6:30 pm

     St. Clair Shores Library, 11 Mile and Jefferson


                                   Jan 18                      May 17                      Sep 20

                                   Feb 15                     Jun 21                        Oct 18

                                   Mar 15                     Jul 19                         Nov 15

                                   Apr 19                     Aug 16                       Dec 20 - Dinner mtg location TBD


     SPECIAL MEETINGS:

     April 21 (Thu at 5:30 pm) - Annual Meeting of Resource Members (at Blossom Heath Beach.)
     April 22 (Mon at 7 pm) - City Council presentation of Kayak awards


     CLEANUP EVENTS:

     April 24 (Sun at 10 am-noon) - EARTH DAY- Blossom Heath Pier Cleanup
     

     May 14,  Jun 11,  Jul 9,  Aug 13,  Sep 10,  Oct 8  (Sat at 10 am-noon) - I-94 RAMPS ONLY CLEANUP

                    Meet in parking lot in the NE corner of I-94 and 10 Mile Rd. - Contact Erin 586.774.8181

     

     May 22 (Sun at 8 am-1 pm) - 27th ANNUAL NAUTICAL COAST CLEANUP and Lake St. Clair Celebration

                     Meet first at Jefferson Yacht Club then you'll be directed to the beaches of your choice


     June 25 & Sept 24 (Sun 10 am-noon) STORM DRAIN STENCILING - Contact Cori 313.433.2078 for location 


     June 12 & Aug 14 (Sun 10 am-noon) RAIN GARDEN PROJECT - Meet at Kyte Monroe (32701 Harper Ave.)


     June 25, Jul 30, Aug 27, Sept 24 (Sat 10 am-noon) BIOSWALE MAINTENANCE - Meet at Kyte Monroe


     July 17 & Sept 11 (Sun 10 am-noon) MINI BEACH CLEANUP - Meet at Blossom Heath Pier