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Lower One Subwatershed Management Plan

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 - Executive Summary
Chapter 2 - Introduction
2.1
2.2
2.3
2.4
2.5
2.6
The Rouge River Watershed
Purpose of the Lower One Subwatershed Management Plan
The Lower One Subwatershed Advisory Group
Coordination with the Rouge River Remedial Action Plan (Rouge River RAP)
The Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project (Rouge Project)
Participation under Michigan's Voluntary General Storm Water Permit
Chapter 3 - State of the Lower One Subwatershed
3.1
3.2
3.3
3.4
3.5
3.6
3.7
3.8
Land use and Growth Trends
Imperviousness in the landscape
Character of soils and their impact on development trends
Sewer service areas and Areas served by Septic Systems (OSDS)
River Quality Indicators - Water Quantity, Water Quality and Wildlife Habitat
Areas to be protected: Key water quality, water quantity and fish and wildlife protection opportunities
State of Public Opinion in the Headwaters of the Rouge River
Rouge River Report Card Indicators
Chapter 4 - Lower One Subwatershed Goals
4.1
4.2
4.3
Goals of the Lower One Subwatershed
Designated uses of waterbodies in the Lower One Subwatershed
Comparison with Rouge River Remedial Action Plan Goals
Chapter 5 - Challenges and Priorities in the Lower One Subwatershed
5.1
5.2
5.3
Summary of Lower One Challenges and their Impacts
Summary of Lower One Subwatershed Priorities
Pollutants and Threats to River Quality, their Sources and Causes
Chapter 6 - Subwatershed Management Alternatives
6.1
6.2
6.3
The Complex Process of Selecting Best Management Practices
Description and performance of Stormwater Best Management Practices Considered
The Range of Recommended Management Alternatives
Chapter 7 - Lower One Subwatershed Action Plan
7.1
7.2
7.3
7.4
7.5
7.6
7.7
7.8
7.9
7.10
7.11
7.12
7.13
7.14
7.15
7.16
7.17
7.18
7.19
7.20
7.21
7.22
7.23
7.24
7.25
7.26
7.27
7.28
7.29
7.30
7.31
7.32
7.33
7.34
7.35
7.36
7.37
7.38
7.39
7.40
7.41
7.42
7.43
7.44
Storm Water Management Ordinances
Other Water Resource Protection Ordinances
Ongoing Education for Land Use Decision Makers
Retrofitting Existing Detention Systems
Storm Water Standards for Redevelopment
Streambank Stabilization projects
Log Jam Inventory and Management
Rain Barrel Demonstration projects
Wetland Restoration
Local Fertilizer Ordinances
On-Site Sewage Disposal System Ordinances
Revising Local Weed Ordinances
Lawn Care Behavior Change Programs
Septic System Maintenance Programs
Animal/Pet Waste Management Programs
Detention Basin Maintenance Programs
Golf Course Nutrient Management
Street Sweeping and Catch Basin Cleaning
Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control (SESC) Ordinances
Natural Features Setback Ordinance
Study/Recommend new innovative SESC techniques
Encourage Agricultural BMPs
Improvement of Inspection and Enforcement Practices
SESC Education
Conduct Natural Features Inventory or Assessments
Develop Restoration Plans and Programs
Wetlands, Woodlands/Tree Replacement, Natural Features Setback, and Zoning Ordinances
Encourage Conservation Easements to protect natural features
Identify and prioritize key potential recreational areas and desired activities
Continue Programs to Eliminate Sources of Bacteria that prevent desired recreational activities
Improve aesthetics of river
Improve potential for a recreational warm water fishery in the Lower Rouge River
Work with MDEQ and RPO to review existing monitoring programs
Identify specific desired uses to direct monitoring
If necessary, establish additional long-term monitoring program
Ongoing Events and Stewardship/Involvement Activities
Support of local Creek Protection Groups
Developing and Disseminating Written Materials and utilizing other Media
Develop Ordinance/Incentive explanations/handbook
Develop Local Financial Arrangements
Explore Need for New Staffing
Determine entity to produce and coordinate technical watershed-wide information
Continue involvement in the Michigan Voluntary General Storm Water Permit program
Enhance ordinance compliance, inspection and enforcement procedures
Chapter 8 - Methods of Measuring and Evaluating Progress
8.1
8.2
Qualitative Program Evaluation Techniques: Tier 1
In Stream Monitoring Program: Tier 2
List of Tables (Tables can be found in their respective chapters)

Table 3.1
Table 3.2
Table 3.3
Table 3.4
Table 3.5
Table 3.6
Table 3.7
Table 3.8
Table 3.9
Table 3.10
Table 3.11
Table 4.1
Table 4.2
Table 5.1
Table 5.2
Table 6.1
Table 7.1
Table 8.1
Table 8.2
Table 8.3
Table 8.4
Table 8.5

Lower One Subwatershed Community Area and Population within Rouge
Lower One Subwatershed Land Use, 1995
Peak Discharge Comparison between Undeveloped and Developed Conditions
Target and Observed Peak Flows in the Lower One Subwatershed
Typical Pollutant Loads from Land Uses
Typical TSS Loadings from Urban Land Uses
Summary of the 1995 MDNR Fish Monitoring Survey
Results of the Wiley-Seelbach-Bowler Ecological Targets Report (1998)
Results of the 1986 MDNR Macroinvertebrate Survey
Status of Selected Rouge River Report Card Indicators in the Lower One Subwatershed
Description of River Quality Indicator Status for the Lower One Subwatershed
Comparison of L1 SWAG Goals with Threatened, Impaired and Desired Uses
Comparison of L1 SWAG Goals with Rouge River Remedial Action Plan Goals
Subwatershed ranking of Priority Indicators for River Quality
Prioritized Pollutants or Threats to River Quality, Sources and Causes in the Lower One Subwatershed
Structural BMP Expected Pollutant Removal Efficiency
Summary of Ongoing and Proposed Actions, Lower One Subwatershed Advisory Group Members
Lower One Summary of Qualitative Program Evaluation Techniques
Recommended Peak Flow Rates at Certain Lower One Sites
Sensitive Fish Species of the Rouge River Watershed
Recommended Maximum Water Temperatures for Rouge River Watershed
Recommended Lower One Long Term Monitoring Plan
List of Figures (Figures can be found in their respective chapters)
Figure 2.1
Figure 2.2
Figure 2.3
Figure 2.4
Figure 3.1
Figure 3.2
Figure 3.3
Figure 3.4
Figure 3.5
Figure 3.6
Figure 3.7
Figure 3.8
Figure 3.9
Figure 6.1
Watersheds in Southeast Michigan
Rouge River Watershed
Lower One Rouge Subwatershed
Lower One River and streams
Land Use, 1995
Hydrologic Soil Groupings
On Site Sewage Disposal System Service Areas (need from RPO)
Rouge Program Office Monitoring Stations (need from RPO)
MDNR Fish Monitoring Stations
Lower One Subwatershed Wetlands
Lower One Subwatershed Woodlands
Land uses within the Riparian Area
Recreation Areas
Stormwater BMP Resources online
Appendices
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
Public Participation Process of the Lower One Subwatershed
BMP Cost Estimating Guidelines
Management Alternatives Menu
Process for Revising or Updating Plan
Glossary of terms
Description and contents of Watershed-wide Technical Appendix
Evaluating Remedies for the Rouge: An Analysis of Cost and Benefits of Subwatershed Actions

Last Updated: 10/26/01

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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.