Restoration Project Designed to Improve Habitat and Water Quality for Rouge River Area of Concern

Farmington Hills, Michigan

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.

Client / Owner
Alliance of Rouge Communities
Project Timeline
2010 – 2019
Highlights
  • Restored and preserved two acres of woodland and wetland habitat
  • Created 300 linear feet of channel with riffles and pools
  • Opened six and a half miles of stream for fish passage
  • Restored natural floodplain and stream corridor function with native riparian vegetation and wildlife habitat
  • Contributed to eventual delisting of the Habitat and Benthos BUIs for the Rouge River AOC
Awards
  • 2012 American Public Works Association – Michigan Detroit Chapter Project of the Year

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