More than 70 representatives from a wide swath of partner organizations came together to celebrate 10 years of partnership and countless hours of collaborative work on the St. Clair-Detroit River System (SCDRS). The initiative, formerly referred to as the Huron-Erie Corridor Initiative or HECI, includes international, federal, state and local partners focusing on research and restoration along the corridor.
The SCDRS corridor includes southern Lake Huron, the St. Clair River, Lake St. Clair, the Detroit River and western Lake Erie. Water from the three upper Great Lakes (Superior, Michigan and Huron) flows into the St. Clair River, through the Huron-Erie Corridor (HEC), and into Lake Erie.
The annual meeting serves as a yearly check-in of ongoing and future projects throughout the corridor. The goals are varied, but the focus is on removing Beneficial Use Impairments and delisting the designated Areas of Concern along the river corridor.
The initiative was recently recognized by the Department of the Interior for exemplary partnerships.