The primary goals of this project are to improve the habitat and water quality of Pebble Creek and its receiving waters and to work towards the delisting of the Rouge River Area of Concern (AOC) Benthos and Fish and Wildlife Habitat Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs).
Danvers Pond Dam Removal and Stream Restoration is located in Farmington Hills on Pebble Creek, a tributary of the main branch of the Rouge River. Prior to the project the pond had a history of sediment accumulation contributing to the degradation of the creek, while the dam was a barrier to fish passage. The Alliance of Rouge Communities obtained a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant to address these issues.
ECT designed and oversaw the construction of this project, including removing the existing dam, constructing a naturalized water course, and restoring the former impoundment bottom lands as an open area floodplain adjacent to the stream, which provides dissipation and flood storage. The streambank was stabilized by using bioengineering and naturalizing techniques that prevent erosion.
The project fulfills local and subwatershed goals by improving the quality of the ecosystem and restored approximately two acres of habitat for fish and terrestrial wildlife, reduced sedimentation within the creek and re-vegetated 300 linear feet of naturalized stream channel. The removal of the dam allowed unencumbered fish passage for the six and a half mile Pebble Creek and created a natural buffer of native vegetation between private property and the stream corridor.
Since project implementation completion, the City of Farmington Hills has demonstrated a commitment to maintenance. ECT has continued to provide maintenance and monitoring assistance to the City.