The Clinton River is a major spillway into Lake St. Clair and inevitably the Great Lakes, and that’s only one reason why keeping the waterway clean is so important.
Volunteers will descend on stretches of the Clinton River throughout the area Saturday, Sept. 8, to pick up debris, remove invasive species and stencil storm drains. Historically, more than 300 volunteers have participated in Clinton Clean-Up, according to the Clinton River Watershed Council.
PTI Engineered Plastics in Macomb Township is leading the local cleaning effort, set for 10 a.m. until noon. Volunteers interested in helping with the project should show up to register and complete a waiver form behind .
Those representing a company may carry signs or wear T-shirts. The cleanup is open to anyone who is interested.
The work is easy and volunteers don’t need to worry about getting wet.
“The volunteers will be picking up trash along side of the river and bagging it up," said Nancy J Barrie, Director of Quality at PTI. "They do not need to get into the water. We will have specific volunteers to pull trash from the river if need be."
As part of PTI’s community service projects, its employees chose to clean the river. Barrie said PTI believes in environmental protection and the reduction of waste in our natural resources.
“We participate in many efforts to reduce waste and recycle and have received 'Environmental Supplier of the Year' four years in a row from one of our major customers,” she said.