Is it Spring Yet?

The following article comes to us from our friends at Friends of the St. Clair River… Once again, we thank you! ~Blue Water Healthy Living

2/26/18 40F/4C, sunny, light breeze (5 mph/8 km/h)
Thanks to 15 Stewards for coming out to enjoy the lovely morning with us! We are very grateful to Tom Pennewell, Mike Edmondson, Mark Harrison, Judy Lindberg, Tom Dennis, Karen Uhlman, Ellie Banish, Cathy Rice, Diana Kitchen, Michael Coughlin, Laurie Dennis, Roy Churchill, Peggy Churchill, Brenda Sanchez and Thomas Sanchez. Thanks, Friends!


Monday River Walkers & Trash Talkers
Mondays @ 10 a.m.
Blue Water River Walk, Port Huron
Meet at the arch at the north entrance to River Walk

Grab your gloves and bring a bucket! Every Monday at 10 a.m., a group of hearty, dedicated Stewards tidies up the River Walk, walking, talking, laughing and observing nature all the way. We’d be happy to have you join us! We’ll put a spring in your step! For more information, contact Kirsten Lyons at or810.294.4965.

Stewardship steering committee meeting
Wednesday, February 28 @ 7 p.m.
River Rats Club at the Blue Water River Walk, Port Huron

Our stewardship program is driven by a core group of volunteers, whom we call Stewards. We also invite plenty of community input and receive leadership from our board of directors and staff. The stewardship steering committee meets the fourth Wednesday evening of each month to guide how we put our ideas into action to benefit our habitats and watershed! This month’s meeting will focus on 2018 work plans for our expanded stewardship sites and projects. Care to join us? Let Kirsten know at or 810.294.4965.

Kirsten Lyons, Stewardship Director

By Sheri Faust
Three years ago, in January 2015, we created a brand new position of Stewardship Director to officially bring Kirsten Lyons on board as staff for Friends of the St. Clair River. Previous to this, she was an active volunteer with Friends leading the initiative to launch stewardship and education for the Blue Water River Walk. The creation of this position was a result of our successful partnership with the Community Foundation of St. Clair. We couldn’t be happier about having Kirsten’s leadership, talents and knowledge which benefits our organization’s success on a daily basis. Congratulations on your 3-year anniversary, Kirsten!

Here’s a few fun facts about Kirsten:

  • She has a Master’s degree in architecture from Lawrence Technological University, a design degree from Wayne State University, and a horticulture degree from St. Clair County Community College (SC4)
  • She has two pet goats – Sandie and Cookie, who sometimes eat the weeds that we pull!
  • She loves to travel. Her recent travels include Aruba, Mexico, and Baltimore, MD.
  • She is certified as a Michigan Natural Shoreline Professional, Michigan Citizen Planner, and Michigan Conservation Steward.
  • She is on the board of the Blue Water Sierra Club, actively volunteers for the Blue Water Audubon Society, Blue Water Outdoor Club, Master Gardeners of St. Clair County, and Earth Fair, and is involved with Blueways of St. Clair.
  • With the help of several like-minded friends, she launched and is the coordinator for Green Drinks Blue Water, a social gathering and informal discussion of environmental issues.

Connect with Kirsten at or 810.294.4965!

Photo credit: Mike Edmondson

Quiet Water Symposium
Saturday, March 3, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Michigan State University Pavilion, East Lansing

By The Quiet Water Society
“The Quiet Water Society is pleased to announce the 23rd Annual Quiet Water Symposium held at the Michigan State University Pavilion on Saturday, March 3, 2018. For over two decades, outdoor oriented Michiganders have met on the campus of Michigan State University to celebrate non-motorized, outdoor recreation and a shared concern for our Great Lakes environment.”

Thanks to Friends board member Dan Danner, we have an exhibitor booth at this event, right next to the Blueways of St. Clair booth! Stop by and say hello!

Blue Water Audubon Society
Monday, March 5 @ 6:45 p.m.
The Pointe, 5085 Lakeshore Rd., Fort Gratiot

By Pat Burden
Mark your calendar for our next Blue Water Audubon Meeting when Holly Vaughn from the Michigan DNR will give a presentation about Owls! The public is welcome at this free and family-friendly event! Find Blue Water Audubon Society on Facebook!

Green Drinks Blue Water 
Wednesday, March 7 @ 6:30 p.m.
Casey’s Port Huron, 628 Huron Ave., Port Huron

Green Drinks is an international social networking organization for those interested in environmental issues. The Green Drinks Blue Water chapter meets the first Wednesday evening of the month at Casey’s to discuss sustainability measures we can implement in our own lives and work. This month’s topic will be led by John Middleton, Retail Manager, Goodwill Port Huron & Marysville. John will talk about how we can all do better when we donate and what happens after we drop off our bags and boxes at the donation center.

The big picture
Opportunities for public input and learning

The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) is looking for public input on the Water Resources Plan

The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes has issued their 2017 annual report on the Michigan Water Strategy

Learn more about the Office of the Great Lakes: Celebrating 40 years of Michigan’s Coastal Program

More than 70 people enjoyed birding at this year’s Winter Bird Blast! Thank you, Tom & Laurie Dennis, Art Studio 1219 and the Blue Water Audubon Society for making this year’s event a huge success!

Upcoming events:

Wednesday, February 28 @ 7 p.m.
Friends of the St. Clair River Stewardship Steering Committee Meeting
River Rats Club at the Blue Water River Walk, Port Huron

Wednesday, February 28
Nominations close for Earth Fair Green Guardian awards

Saturday, March 3 @ 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Quiet Water Symposium
Michigan State University Pavillion, East Lansing

Sunday and Monday, March 4 & 5
Wildflower Association of Michigan Annual Conference
Kellogg Center, East Lansing

Monday, March 5 @ 10 a.m.
Monday River Walkers & Trash Talkers
Blue Water River Walk & Wetlands County Park
Meet at the arch at the north entrance to River Walk

Monday, March 5 @ 6:45 p.m.
Blue Water Audubon Society
Meeting & program–Owls with the DNR’s Holly Vaughn
The Pointe, 5085 Lakeshore, Fort Gratiot

Wednesday, March 7 @ 6:30 p.m.
Green Drinks Blue Water
Topic: Goodwill donations, with retail manager John Middleton
Casey’s Port Huron, 628 Huron Ave.

Monday, March 12 @ 10 a.m.
Monday River Walkers & Trash Talkers
Blue Water River Walk & Wetlands County Park
Meet at the arch at the north entrance to River Walk

Wednesday, March 14 @ 6:30 p.m.
Green Drinks Sarnia
Topic: Microplastics, Macro Problem, with Tineasha Brenot from the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation
100 Christina St. N, Sarnia

Thursday, March 15 @ 7 p.m.
Great Lakes Environmental Alliance
Public meeting and program
St. Clair County Administration Building Auditorium
200 Grand River Ave., Port Huron

(reprinted from our Friends at Friends of the St. Clair River)


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