Groups to celebrate Earth Day with cleanup of fishing pier

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published April 15, 2019

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Begun in 1970, Earth Day led to the creation of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and, today, is celebrated in countries around the world on April 22.

In St. Clair Shores, the Waterfront Environmental Committee and the Beautification Commission will work together to clean up the Blossom Heath fishing pier and park as part of their efforts on April 21.

Joe St. John, of the St. Clair Shores Waterfront Environmental Committee, said that about two dozen people from the two groups come together each year to help clean up the detritus of winter and get the pier back in shape for summer fishing.

“It’s Earth Day, and we’re stewards of the lake; we’re stewards of the Earth,” he said. “Every day, that fishing pier has people fishing, looking at the lake, just ... enjoying the lake. We want to keep it clean.”

The Earth Day cleanup is a joint activity with the St. Clair Shores Beautification Commission. Chair Lil Claycomb said that the two organizations work together several times each year.

“Even though you don’t live on the water, when you think St. Clair Shores, you think water,” she said. “Volunteers are very important in our city. We are a very small, connected community.”

St. John said that the Beautification Commission has several flower pots that it maintains on the pier, as well as flower beds that it maintains in Blossom Heath Park.

“What we do down there is a cleanup in general,” Claycomb added, saying that they will be removing limbs and cleaning up dirt and trash from the area. “There is work that is needed to be done.

“There’s always work needed to be done.”