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Bay City, Michigan 48708-5125
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Saginaw Bay Coastal Initiative

The Saginaw Bay is the unique feature defining Michigan’s mitten and is easily seen and recognized on satellite photos of the earth.  Come see what it looks like up close along the coastal blueways trail. White sandy beach shorelines small cottages and big houses are interspersed by large natural coastal marsh areas and provide the full variety of a coastal paddling experience.  Experienced sea paddlers can find and ride big water or novice paddlers can cruise through gentle cove shorelines. excursions into the heart of Michigan’s historic lumbering era via our river routes that carried the logs for building much of the young country, are available for exploration with an online virtual historic tour to narrate the sights of the past and present.  The Saginaw Bay is at the intersection of the Atlantic and Mississippi flyways. Seasonal migrations of the most interesting birds fly here and spend the summers, great blue herons, black-crowned night herons, great egrets, sandhill cranes, elegant terns and the occasional wayward pelican can be seen throughout the coastal area.  Our shorebirds include spotted sandpiper, greater and lessor yellowlegs, short billed dowager and many more unique waterfowl.

The Saginaw Bay Coastal Initiative (SBCI) is a group of interested people, businesses, and local governments in the bay front communities of: Arenac, Bay, Huron, Iosco, Midland, Saginaw, and Tuscola collaborating with state and federal agencies for actions to improve the Saginaw Bay.  For more information on Environmental Issues, please check out the webpage for the Environmental Affairs and Community Development Department.

 

 Lakefront & Beach Access Study Report Bay City State Recreation Area (November 14, 2014)

 


 

 Saginaw Bay Blueways Trail
The Saginaw Bay is the unique feature defining Michigan's mitten and is easily seen and recognized on satellite photos of the Earth.  Come see what it looks like up close along the coastal Blueways trail.  White sandy beach shorelines small cottages and big houses are interspersed by large natural coastal marsh areas and provide the full variety of a coastal paddling experience.

For more information on the Saginaw Bay Water Trails, please check out the LIAA Michigan's Great Lakes Water Trails Website.

Bay City State Recreation Area Beach

Boaters Beach at
Bay City State Recreation Area

Volleyball at Bay City State Recreation Area Beach

Floating Dock at Recreation Area Beach 

 

Sunset at Bay City State
Recreation Area Beach

 

Fourth of July at Bay City State
Recreation Area Beach

 

Fourth of July at Bay City State
Recreation Area Beach

Bay City State Park Beach

 

Bay City State Park Recreation Area Historical Flyer and Map 

Located in Bay County, the Bay City State Park Recreation Area.  This historical flyer includes a map of the area and amenities.  For more information about the Bay City State Recreation Area please check out the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Website.


 

Bay City State Recreation Area Beach 1964

Historic Paraleon Beach

Paraleon Beach Dining Room

 

Programs of Interest:

Yellow Jug Old Drugs Program:
Yellow Jug Old Drugs is a program operated by Great Lakes Clean Water Organization to collect and properly dispose of unwanted/unused drugs in a safe and approved manner to help keep our water clean. Individuals bring in unused/unwanted/expired drugs to their local pharmacy for proper disposal. The Yellow Jug Old Drugs containers and contents are picked up at pharmacies and are then transported to a Waste-to-Energy facility for secure and assured destruction. Click HERE to find a participating pharmacy in your area.

Dispose My Meds Program:
Dispose My Meds is an online resource to help you to find medication disposal programs at the local independent community pharmacy near you. More than 100 different pharmaceuticals have been detected in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and streams throughout the world. Pharmaceuticals are being detected in the environment and there is genuine concern that these compounds, in the small concentrations that they're at, could be causing impacts to human health or to aquatic organisms.

Exploring the Cass River and it's Watershed:
The Cass River Watershed encompasses an area of 908 square miles (approx. 578,812 acres), contains 1352 total river miles and hundreds of miles of county drains. The Cass River flows to the Saginaw River and eventually to Saginaw Bay. Located in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula Thumb Region the watershed includes portions of Genesee, Huron, Lapeer, Saginaw, Sanilac, and Tuscola counties.  Communities in the watershed include Bridgeport, Cass City, Caro, Frankenmuth, Marlette, Millington, Tuscola, Vassar, and Ubly.

NEXT SBCI MONTHLY MEETING:
The Saginaw Bay Coastal Initiative (SBCI) holds monthly its monthly meetings on the 3rd Thursday of each month, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bay County Building, 515 Center Avenue, 2nd Floor Old Commission Chambers, Bay City, Michigan.

  • An Assessment and Status Report of Beach Closings in the Saginaw River/Bay Area of Concern (April 2011)
  • Friday, February 22, 2013 - Saginaw Bay WIN/SBCI Coordination Meeting: 
    There will be a Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN)/Saginaw Bay Coastal Initiative (SBCI) Coordination Meeting taking place onFriday, February 22, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Delta College PlanetariumSpace Explorers Hall located at 100 Center Avenue, Bay City, Michigan 48708. The purpose of this meeting is to provide updates on projects that affect the Saginaw Bay and surrounding water ways from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). This meeting is sponsored by the Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN) and the Saginaw Bay Coastal Initiative (SBCI).  For more information please check out the meeting PRESS RELEASE.

    Maps of Interest:

    Bing Map Link for Birds Eye Viewer of Bay City State Recreation Area 

    Shoreline Viewer Website Birds Eye Viewer of the Upper Peninsula


    The Great Lakes Shoreviewer provides professional color photography of every inch of coastline (and many islands) in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron). Each coastline photo also has a series of maps showing important natural features for planning and protection efforts.

    Saginaw Bay Coastal Initiative Regional Meetings:

    2012 Saginaw Bay Coastal Initiative (SBCI) Regional Update Meeting - April 9, 2012:

    2011 Saginaw Bay Coastal Initiative (SBCI) Meeting - November 28, 2011

    • November 28, 2011 Saginaw Bay Coastal Initiative (SBCI) Regional Fall Meeting Agenda

    2010 Saginaw Bay Coastal Initiative (SBCI) Spring Meeting:

    2009 Saginaw Bay Coastal Initiative (SBCI) Fall Meeting:

    2009 Saginaw Bay Coastal Initiative (SBCI) Summer Meeting:

    Δ SBCI CSO Workgroup

    SBCI Phosphorus Committee:

    Δ Phosphorus Ban
    Δ Phosphorus Ban Information
    Δ 
    Phosphorus Policy Advisory Committee - Final Report - Prepared by Public Sector Consultants, Inc. 
    Δ SBCI Phosphorus Committee Recommendation Letter - 2009 
    Δ SBCI Phosphorus Committee Final Report - 2009
    Δ NOAA - Phosphorus Sources and Impacts on Water Quality in Saginaw Bay

    SBCI Program Updates
    Some of the goals of the SBCI are, but not limited to:

    ∞ Enhancing Tourism
    ∞ Improving Fisheries
    ∞ Understanding the algae (muck) problem, including evaluating potential human health risks
    ∞ Protecting high quality coastal wetlands
    ∞ Increasing access to the Saginaw Bay
    ∞ Controlling Phragmites
    ∞ Implementing the Kawkawlin River Watershed Initiative
    ∞ Enhancing the Saginaw River corridor

    Links and Reports:
    Please enjoy these links to reports and information regarding the SBCI and other water quality issues.

    Δ DEQ/Partnership for Saginaw Bay Report:  An Assessment and Status Report of Beach Closing in the Saginaw River/Bay Area of Concern - FINAL (April, 2011)

    Δ Saginaw Bay WIN: Enhancing Fish Passage Over Low-Head Barrier Dams in the Saginaw River Watershed (December, 2005)
    Δ Bay City State Park Master Plan - 1994
    Δ Council of Great Lakes Governors Website
    Δ Geographic Information Systems and Water Resources IV - AWRA Spring Specialty Conference - Spatially Modeling Nonpoint Source Pollution Loadings in the Saginaw Bay Watersheds with the DLBRM
    Δ Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy to Restore and Protect the Great Lakes
    Δ Great Lakes Protection and Restoration Federal Action Priorities
    Δ Healthy Waters, Strong Economy: The Benefits of Restoring the Great Lakes Ecosytem - By: Austin, Anderson, Courant, and Litan
    Δ Kawkawlin River Watershed Monitoring Project Report- By: Bay County Health Department and MDEQ
    Δ Lake Huron BiNational Partnership Action Plan - 2004
    Δ Natural Resource Damages: A Primer (NRDA) - U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    Δ S.B.C.I information from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
    Δ Potential Public Health Risks Associated with Pathogens in Detritus Material ("Muck") in Saginaw Bay Study
    Δ Preliminary Water Quality Testing of Lake Huron Shoreline Muck Samples- By: Tomoyuki Shibata and Joan Rose

    Δ Phosphorus Policy Advisory Committee - Final Report

     

    - Prepared by Public Sector Consultants, Inc.
    Δ Quantifing Sediment and Nutrient Loads to Saginaw Bay - GLERL NOAA
    Δ SBCI Phosphorus Committee Recommendation Letter - 2009
    Δ SBCI Phosphorus Committee Final Report - 2009
    Δ NOAA - Phosphorus Sources and Impacts on Water Quality in Saginaw Bay
    Δ Bay County Phosphorus Ban Webpage
    Δ Be Phosphorus Smart Webpage

    Δ Road Ends at Saginaw Bay
    Δ Saginaw Bay Community Sailing Association
    Δ Saginaw Bay Public Access Sites - Bay County
    Δ Saginaw Bay Public Access Site Survey - 1982 - By: G. Coudy and W. Yocum
    Δ Saginaw Bay Road Ends - Tuscola County
    Δ Saginaw Bay Website - Lots of things to see and places to play in Beautiful Saginaw Bay!

    Δ Saginaw River/Bay Remedial Action Plan - Volume 1
    Δ Saginaw River/Bay Remedial Action Plan - Volume 2