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Near Algonac in Saint Clair County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

St. Clair River Habitat Restoration

Cottrellville Township Shoreline

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, September 23, 2018
1. St. Clair River Habitat Restoration: Cottrellville Township Shoreline Marker
Inscription. Click to hear the inscription.  The St. Clair River is part of the connecting channels between Lake Huron and Lake Erie. It is a 40 mile strait that flows south from Lake Huron to Lake St. Clair. The river serves as a navigational passage as well as an ecosystem for a great diversity of fish and wildlife.

Over the past several decades, critical habitat has been lost due to urban, industrial and agricultural development. The park seen here was restored by the removal of a steel sheetpile seawall, the strategic placement of rock and woody structures in the water and along the shoreline, and the planting of native wildflowers. The shoreline now provides habitat for both sport fish such as yellow perch and walleye but also non-game fish like the emerald shiner. You may also now find reptiles such as map and softshell turtles and amphibians like the mudpuppy. The pollinator garden provides a food source for insects such as the monarch butterfly.

The goal of this shoreline restoration is to enhance the habitat and aesthetic value of the St. Clair River while providing opportunities to engage and enjoy this unique environment.
 
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By Joel Seewald, September 23, 2018
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Before: The site consisted of a steel seawall, decrepit docks, and little vegetation.
St. Clair County; Great Lakes Restoration; United States Environmental Protection Agency; Michigan Department of Environmental Quality; Faust Corporation; Michigan Office of the Great Lakes; EA Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc.; St. Clair River Binational Public Advisory Council.
 
Location. 42° 39.473′ N, 82° 30.869′ W. Marker is near Algonac, Michigan, in Saint Clair County. Marker is on North River Road (State Highway 29) 0.1 miles south of Roberts Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Marine City MI 48039, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named St. Clair River Habitat Restoration (approx. 1.7 miles away); Clay Township Library (approx. 2.8 miles away); Saint Andrew's Parish / Saint Andrew's Church (approx. 2.8 miles away); Christopher Columbus Smith / Garfield A. "Gar" Wood (approx. 3 miles away); Water Speed Capital (approx. 3 miles away); Holy Cross Parish (approx. 4 miles away); Newport Academy (approx. 4.1 miles away); David and Laura Lester House (approx. 4.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Algonac.
 
Categories. EnvironmentMan-Made FeaturesWaterways & Vessels
 
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By Joel Seewald, September 23, 2018
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The placement of woody structures, such as this whole tree with attached roots, will provide cover for fish or basking areas for turtles.
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By Joel Seewald, September 23, 2018
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The mudpuppy is an aquatic salamander, a very important part of the Great Lakes ecosystem. They are found throughout the St. Clair-Detroit River system and the enhancements here will greatly benefit this harmless amphibian.
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By Joel Seewald, September 23, 2018
5. St. Clair River Habitat Restoration: Cottrellville Township Shoreline Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 1, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 1, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 1, 2018, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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