Standing on a fishing pier experiencing its first spring fishing season, federal and local officials recognized completion of Clinton River Spillway improvements recently completed thanks to funding provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI).

Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller, along with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Michael Gregg, chairperson of the Clinton River Inter County Drainage Board, Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash and Clinton Township Supervisor Robert Cannon took in the results of $4 million worth of improvements completed thanks to the federal grant.

The fishing pier, located on Harper Avenue near Wellington Crescent in Clinton Township, was completed late last year to top off the project. During the last three years, other work has included 106 acres of spillway bank stabilization and invasive species control along the entire two-mile long spillway, the planting of 300-plus trees, and the building of habitat ponds for fish to spawn, and for turtles and other wildlife to thrive. Miller said a fish shock-test performed last month indicated the spillway is currently home to black crappie, yellow perch, northern pike, largemouth bass, bluegill, sunfish, channel catfish and the occasional walleye or muskellunge.