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Monthly Progress Report
Executive Summary

November 1998

Community Watershed Projects

 
  • Thirty-eight communities and agencies have either passed council resolutions or submitted letters to the RPO confirming their intent to initiate the Voluntary Stormwater General Permit application process.
  • Community Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Projects: Twelve Round 1 GIS projects and thirteen Round 2 GIS projects have been selected for grant sponsorship by the Rouge Project. A listing of the selected projects is shown under section 5.4, "Rouge Watershed Projects".
  • Community Stormwater Projects: Sixteen Stormwater projects have been selected for grant sponsorship by the Rouge Project. A listing of the selected projects is shown under section 5.4, "Rouge Watershed Projects".
  • Community Recreation & Habitat Projects: Eleven Recreation & Habitat projects have been selected for grant sponsorship by the Rouge Project. A listing of the selected projects is shown under section 5.4, "Rouge Watershed Projects".
  • Community Wetlands Projects: Five Wetlands projects have been selected for grant sponsorship by the Rouge Project. A listing of the selected projects is shown under section 5.4, "Rouge Watershed Projects".
  • See the Subwatershed Pilot Projects and Rouge Watershed Projects sections for additional information on community project activities.

Policy

Policy &
Outreach
Support
(WMD7.3)
  • Prepared for and participated in the CSO peer review of the project. Discussions with the peer review team members were very beneficial. The group discussed the use of the watershed approach, phasing of TMDLs, and the importance of stormwater controls in addition to CSO controls.

Study

WQ Monitoring (WMOG2.4)
  • Continued removing monitoring equipment at all monitoring stations for the end of the 1998 monitoring season.

Implementation

Program Management & Reporting (WMD6.5)
  • Prepared for and attended the following meetings during November: schedule update meetings on November 3, WERF Peer Review on November 9-11, a US District Court hearing on November 10, and a Court Committee meeting on November 16.
  • Prepared a Wayne County progress report on the 14 month schedule for the court hearing.
Office Services (WMD6.6)
  • Prepared several WERF presentations for Peer Review Committee; completed update of invoice narratives; edited and made copies of Wayne County Commissioners presentation; and reviewed and formatted abstracts for WEFTEC ‘99 and submitted to Technical Coordinator.
Subgrant Administration (WMD6.7)
  • Reviewed subgrant contractual reimbursement requests, subgrant CSO construction reimbursement requests, and nonpoint community project reimbursement requests from communities and agencies.
  • Initiated a new subgrant program for septic system management projects. Community proposals are due on December 15, 1998.
WSM Support Systems (WMOG6.4)
  • Working on enhancements to DataView to include better map displays; supporting WMM users around the country; and supporting the RPO Web site.
GIS Support to MDEQ
(WMOG6.5)
  • The computer equipment has been installed and tested at the MDEQ Livonia office.
Evaluate Traditional NPS Controls
(URBSW5)
  • Continued to review and finalize the reports for the On-Line Quality Device BMP and initiated the analysis of data from the Multi-Chamber Treatment Train BMP.
WSM Strategy Application (URBSW6.3)
  • Reviewed draft illicit discharge elimination plans for several communities during November.
  • Monitored progress and costs of the community projects. Reviewed community work plans, recommended work plans for approval as applicable, and followed IAAs through the process.
Evaluate Illicit Connections (URBSW8.3)
  • Thirty-one facilities were inspected for illicit connections in November. No illicit discharges were found.
  • Three complaints were received in November related to reported discharges that affected the Rouge River. Two were described as foaming and one was described as a plume of gray water. One suspicious discharge was found upstream of the dam at Henry Ford Estates. Surveillance continues at these sites.
Abandoned Dump Investigations (DMP1.2)
  • Preparations on the Guidelines document are continuing. The document will be sent out for external review soon.
Public Involvement (DSSPI1.6)
  • PI staff, Oakland County Drain Commission, and FOTR met to discuss expanding the Rouge Education Project in Oakland County.
  • Met with FOTR to begin planning the 2nd annual Water Festival.
  • PI staff made presentations to Master Composters and a local garden club.
Rouge Watershed Management GIS Pilot Program (DSSPI5.4)
  • The final data report was issued in October.
Progress Report - Executive Summary November 1998

Last Updated: 11/20/01

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The Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project is funded, in part, by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Grants #XP995743-01, -02, -03, -04, -05, -06, -07 and C-264000-01.