Help keep Lake St. Clair clean

Help keep Lake St. Clair clean

Erika Quinn, Staff Reporter

Each year around Earth Day, the Lake St. Clair clean up is held. This year it will be held on Saturday, April 21st 2012 from 9:00am-2:00pm. For everyone who goes to help out on this day, there will be free entry into the park.

Everyone is welcome to attend this event. However, children must be 9 years old and up in order to participate. The park will be divided into nine different zones that are in need of some extra help. Everyone who attends is encouraged to work until noon, when a free lunch will be provided to all of the volunteers.

All of the help received on the 21st will go towards preserving our natural resources. Throughout the years hundreds of volunteers have helped clean up Lake St. Clair Metropark. In the past, volunteers have removed litter, fishing lines, and hooks, along with many other items that can be harmful to the wildlife.

The Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center needs all of the help that they can get! In order to attend, you must register between March 1st and April 14th. To register, all participants must call the Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center at (586) 463-4332.

To anyone volunteering they ask that you wear long pants, shirts, and socks, along with sturdy shoes. You will be given disposable plastic gloves and garbage bags to keep yourself clean. They also ask that if you have waders to please bring those with you as well.

People with boats, canoes, and nets (on long poles) would be greatly appreciated. A lot of focus will be put on cleaning up the shoreline of the marshes, marinas, and the lake itself.

By helping clean Lake St. Clair Metropark, we are helping to save the marine life and keeping one of Michigan’s many lakes clean. All of the volunteers will be helping to preserve a park that everyone in the Metropark area should be proud of.