Great Lake gets new support
commission said to OK change for Lake St. Clair
Tenisha Mercer The Detroit News
TOWNSHIP -- The push to make Lake St. Clair one of the
Great Lakes took a baby step Tuesday.
Macomb Water Quality Board Chairman Doug
Martz sought support from the Wayne County Board of Commissioners
and was told privately that he would get it. But first,
a committee of the Wayne County board wants him to outline
in a letter why the 420-square-mile lake should get the
The justification for the designation
is that "4 1/2 million people get their drinking water from
Lake St. Clair," Martz said. "It affects everyone in the
Martz asked the Great Lakes Commission
last month in Cleveland to recommend to Congress that the
designation be approved. That way, federal grants could
be obtained to cleanse polluted Lake St. Clair. The commission
told him to build a coalition of support, with resolutions
from communities, and to come back again next year.
Supporters on record so far include St.
Clair Shores and Belle River, Ontario. Officials from Harrison
and Clinton townships expect to give their support soon,
Fisherman Bill Wilke of Harrison Township
supports the idea.
"Any help we can get with the lake the
better," he said.
Martz is planning a letter-writing campaign
to the Macomb, Oakland and St. Clair boards of commissioners.
Letters were drafted Tuesday, Martz said.
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