By: Karrie Beck
As a writer for Blue Water Healthy Living, I’m pleased to report the ways that people are ready to reach out and help others. Make A Difference Day is a great way to take time from our own lives and give it to others. Time – not money, but rather effort and time set aside to help out with things that impact us all.
About Make A Difference Day
A national day where people unite for a common purpose – to improve the lives of others. As Make A Difference Day (#mdday) approaches its twenty-sixth year, powered by TEGNA and support from the Arby’s Foundation and Points of Light, October 28, 2017 will once again be a day set aside to come together and help others through community service. The great part about #mdday – you can start up your own project or volunteer for one that’s established.
This year, Blue Water Healthy Living is joining the volunteers of the Wetlands County Park native plant seed collection and planting project for Make A Difference Day on Saturday, October 28, 2017. “With the help of community volunteers, we will identify, collect and plant native seeds from the Blue Water River Walk and Wetlands County Part to help establish the wildlife habitat. The park is federally-funded restoration to help remove the St. Clair River as an Area of Concern. Construction, trampling, and goose grazing led to some areas becoming bare of vegetation. We’re seeding those bare areas with native plants so that weeds and invasive species can’t take over.”
Why help the Friends of the St. Clair River?
According to the SCRiver Spring 2017 newsletter:
In the 1980s, the United States and Canadian governments identified forty-three areas in the
Great Lakes that had severe environmental problems in need of restoration. These places are
called Areas of Concern. Michigan has twelve Areas of Concern. Areas of Concern do not
support aquatic organisms, such as fish and waterfowl, that are safe for human consumption. The
St. Clair River Area of Concern includes the 40-mile long river on both the Canadian and U.S.
Why is the river an Area of Concern?
The St. Clair River is an Area of Concern because of poor management of significant pollution
problems long before regulations better protected our waterways and beaches. As a result,
partners on both sides of the river formed the St. Clair River Binational Public Advisory Council
to address these environmental problems with the ultimate goal to improve water quality due to a
century of neglect. This international council seeks funding to implement the St. Clair River
Remedial Action Plan, which is a road map to improve the river’s health.
If you’d like to join us and volunteer for Make A Difference Day and support the Friends of the St. Clair River, send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. Whether directly or indirectly – when our waterways suffer, we all suffer.
Thank you in advance from the writers and staff of Blue Water Healthy Living.
Wetlands County Park
2236 Military Street
Port Huron, MI
10:00 AM- 12:00 PM