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Project Overview


The listing below presents the reports that give a project overview of the Rouge River Demonstration Project. It is important to note that there are a number of reports at other locations on this web site that focus on specific topics that the rouge project addresses. The reader should click on the other sections of the web site to view those reports. To view those reports, click on Wetlands, Watershed Management, Geographic Information Systems/Data Management, Non-point Source Pollution, Illicit Discharges/Onsite Sewage Disposal Systems, Financial and Institutional Arrangements, Modeling and Monitoring, and Combined Sewer Overflows.
  1. 2013 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  2. 2012 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  3. 2011 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  4. 2010 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  5. 2009 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  6. 2008 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  7. 2007 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  8. 2006 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  9. 2005 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  10. 2005 Rouge River Report Card
  11. Review of Year 2004: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  12. Review of Year 2003: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  13. Review of Year 2002: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  14. Review of Year 2001: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  15. Review of Year 2000: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  16. Review of Year 1999 and Prospective on Year 2000
  17. 1999 Rouge River Report Card
  18. Review of Year 1998: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  19. Final Grant Closeout Summary Report: Rouge Project Grant 10
  20. Final Grant Closeout Summary Report: Rouge Project Grant 9
  21. Final Grant Closeout Summary Report: Rouge Project Grant 7
  22. Final Grant Closeout Summary Report: Rouge Project Grant 6
  23. Final Grant Closeout Summary Report: Rouge Project Grant 5
  24. Final Grant Closeout Summary Report: Rouge Project Grant 4
  25. Final Grant Closeout Summary Report: Rouge Project Grant 3
  26. Final Grant Closeout Summary Report: Rouge Project Grant 2
  27. Final Grant Closeout Summary Report: Rouge Project Grant 1
  28. Quality Management Plan 2005 - 2008
  29. Quality Management Plan 2001 - 2004
  30. Quality Management Plan 1999
  31. Achieving Multiple Objectives Through a Single Watershed Plan
  32. Meeting Objectives For Watershed Planning: A Decision Assessment Framework
  33. Rouge Project Outreach Binder: Implementing An Urban Watershed Approach
  34. Rouge River Gateway Ecosystem Restoration Project Wayne County, Michigan
  35. Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  36. Rouge River Project Watershed Management Technical Handbook
  37. Rouge River Watershed Management: Implementing a Remedial Action Plan
  38. Rouge Watershed Peer Review Findings Report wtih Recommendations September 23-27, 1996
  39. The Successes in Implementing an Urban Watershed Approach-The Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  40. What Does The Rouge Project Know That May Save You Money On Wet Weather Controls


2013 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

RPO Staff

Technical Report, June 2014, 174 pages, Order Number: PR-2013 *

This report provides an overview of Rouge Project activities during 2013. All 2013 activities were conducted under U.S. EPA Grant No. XP995743-09 (Rouge Project Grant 10). This Rouge Project grant funded numerous watershed restoration efforts including community and subwatershed demonstration projects and watershed-wide activities. Activities were completed by Rouge River Watershed communities and agencies, Wayne County. Brief descriptions for all of these activities are included in this report, as is a consolidated financial report for the grant.

During 2013, watershed stakeholders implemented a wide range of activities to manage storm water, control combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), address streambank erosion, improve habitat, and increase recreational opportunities throughout the watershed. There were 18 community projects to restore the Rouge River underway during 2013, with funding from three rounds of Rouge Project subgrants: Round IX, Round X, and Round XI. Six Rouge Project funded river restoration projects were completed, with approximate total project costs of $1,079,000. All projects met one or more of the goals of the Rouge River Watershed Management Plan and also helped address the requirements of a community’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permit or wastewater system NPDES permit. The variety of projects undertaken in 2013 reflects the varying needs of communities and actions taken to address Rouge River pollution at the source.

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2012 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

RPO Staff

Technical Report, January 2014, 206 pages, Order Number: PR-2012 *

This report provides an overview of Rouge Project activities during 2012. All 2012 activities were conducted under U.S. EPA Grant No. XP995743-09 (Rouge Project Grant 10). This Rouge Project grant funded numerous watershed restoration efforts including community and subwatershed demonstration projects and watershed-wide activities. Activities were completed by Rouge River Watershed communities and agencies, Wayne County, and the Wayne County Rouge Project Office (RPO). Brief descriptions for all of these activities are included in this report, as is a consolidated financial report for the grant.

During 2012, watershed stakeholders implemented a wide range of activities to manage storm water, control combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), address streambank erosion, improve habitat, and increase recreational opportunities throughout the watershed. During 2012,There were 17 community projects to restore the Rouge River underway during 2012, with funding from three rounds of Rouge Project subgrants: Round IX, Round X, and Round XI. Eleven Rouge Project funded river restoration projects were completed, with approximate total project costs of $ 3,613,000. All projects met one or more of the goals of the Rouge River Watershed Management Plan and also helped address the requirements of a community’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permit or wastewater system NPDES permit. The variety of projects undertaken in 2012 reflects the varying needs of communities and actions taken to address Rouge River pollution at the source

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2011 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

RPO Staff

Technical Report, July 2012, 216 pages, Order Number: PR-2011 *

This report provides an overview of Rouge Project activities during 2011. All 2011 activities were conducted under U.S. EPA Grant No. XP995743-09 (Rouge Project Grant 10). This Rouge Project grant funded numerous watershed restoration efforts including community and subwatershed demonstration projects and watershed-wide activities. Activities were completed by Rouge River Watershed communities and agencies, Wayne County, and the Wayne County Rouge Project Office (RPO). Brief descriptions for all of these activities are included in this report, as is a consolidated financial report for the grant.

During 2011, watershed stakeholders implemented a wide range of activities to manage storm water, control combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), address streambank erosion, improve habitat, and increase recreational opportunities throughout the watershed. During 2011, there were 27 Rouge River restoration projects funded under Round IX and X Rouge Project subgrants undertaken by watershed communities and agencies. Eleven Rouge Project funded river restoration projects were completed, with approximate total project costs of $ 2,222,000. All projects met one or more of the goals of the Rouge River Watershed Management Plan and also helped address the requirements of a community’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) stormwater permit or wastewater system NPDES permit. The variety of projects undertaken in 2011 reflects the varying needs of communities and actions taken to address Rouge River pollution at the source.

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2010 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

RPO Staff

Technical Report, February 2012, 224 pages, Order Number: PR-2010 *

This report provides an overview of Rouge Project activities during 2010. All 2010 activities were conducted under U.S. EPA Grant No. XP995743-09 (Rouge Project Grant 10). This Rouge Project grant funded numerous watershed restoration efforts including community and subwatershed demonstration projects and watershed-wide activities. Activities were completed by Rouge River Watershed communities and agencies, Wayne County, and the Wayne County Rouge Project Office (RPO). Brief descriptions for all of these activities are included in this report, as is a consolidated financial report for the grant.

The efforts of the Rouge Watershed communities and agencies, Wayne County, the RPO, and numerous other stakeholders during 2010 have combined to make significant strides in restoring and protecting the Rouge River. There are tangible benefits of our collective efforts in the areas of combined sewer overflow (CSO) and sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) control, storm water management and other watershed management activities. Water quality and overall ecosystem health have shown continuous, dramatic improvement for the past five years, fish and wildlife populations have grown, and recreational opportunities along the river have increased. The remaining Rouge federal grants for the Rouge Project will assist with the numerous ongoing watershed management efforts to continue to improve the Rouge River system.

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2009 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

RPO Staff

Technical Report, August 2010, 150 pages, Order Number: PR-2009 *

This report provides an overview of Rouge Project activities during 2009. All 2009 activities were conducted under U.S. EPA Grant No. XP995743-09 (Rouge Project Grant 10). This Rouge Project grant funded numerous watershed restoration efforts including community and subwatershed demonstration projects and watershed-wide activities. Activities were completed by Rouge River Watershed communities and agencies, Wayne County, and the Wayne County Rouge Project Office (RPO). Brief descriptions for all of these activities are included in this report, as is a consolidated financial report for the grant.

The efforts of the Rouge Watershed communities and agencies, Wayne County, the RPO, and numerous other stakeholders during 2009 have combined to make significant strides in restoring and protecting the Rouge River. There are tangible benefits of our collective efforts in the areas of combined sewer overflow (CSO) and sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) control, storm water management and other watershed management activities. Water quality and overall ecosystem health have shown continuous, dramatic improvement for the past five years, fish and wildlife populations have grown, and recreational opportunities along the river have increased. The remaining Rouge federal grants for the Rouge Project will assist with the numerous ongoing watershed management efforts to continue to improve the Rouge River system.

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2008 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

RPO Staff

Technical Report, May 2009, 122 pages, Order Number: PR-2008 *

This report provides an overview of Rouge Project activities during 2008. All 2008 activities were conducted under U.S. EPA Grant No. XP995743-06 (Rouge Project Grant 7) and XP995743-08 (Rouge Project Grant 9). These Rouge Project grants funded numerous watershed restoration efforts including community and subwatershed demonstration projects and watershed-wide activities. Activities were completed by Rouge River Watershed communities and agencies, Wayne County, and the Wayne County RPO (Rouge Program Office). Brief descriptions of all of these activities are included in this report, as is a consolidated financial report for each grant.

The efforts of the Rouge Watershed communities and agencies, Wayne County, the Wayne County RPO, and numerous other stakeholders during 2008 have combined to make significant strides in restoring and protecting the Rouge River. There are tangible benefits of our collective efforts in the areas of combined sewer overflow (CSO) and sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) control, storm water management and other watershed management activities. Water quality and overall ecosystem health has shown continuous, dramatic improvement for the past five years, fish and wildlife populations have grown, and recreational opportunities along the river have increased. The remaining Rouge federal grants for the Rouge Project will assist with the numerous ongoing watershed management efforts to continue to improve the Rouge River system.

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2007 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

RPO Staff

Technical Report, December 2008, 150 pages, Order Number: PR-2007 *

This report provides an overview of Rouge Project activities during 2007. All 2007 activities were conducted under U.S. EPA Grant No. XP995743-06 (Rouge Project Grant 7) and XP995743-08 (Rouge Project Grant 9). These Rouge Project grants funded numerous watershed restoration efforts including community and subwatershed demonstration projects and watershed-wide activities. Activities were completed by Rouge River Watershed communities and agencies, Wayne County, and the Wayne County RPO (Rouge Program Office). Brief descriptions of all of these activities are included in this report, as is a consolidated financial report for each grant.

The efforts of the Rouge Watershed communities and agencies, Wayne County, the Wayne County RPO, and numerous other stakeholders during 2007 have combined to make significant strides in restoring and protecting the Rouge River. There are tangible benefits of our collective efforts in the areas of combined sewer overflow (CSO) and sanitary sewer overflow (SSO) control, storm water management and other watershed management activities. Water quality and overall ecosystem health has shown continuous, dramatic improvement for the past five years, fish and wildlife populations have grown, and recreational opportunities along the river have increased. The remaining Rouge federal grants for the Rouge Project will assist with the numerous ongoing watershed management efforts to continue to improve the Rouge River system.

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2006 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

RPO Staff

Technical Report, July 2007, 150 pages, Order Number: PR-2006 *

The Alliance of Rouge Communities (ARC) held its first meeting in January 2006. Oakland County, Orchard Lake Village, and the Wayne County Airport Authority joined the ARC in 2006, bringing the membership to 42. The Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA) and the Friends of the Rouge (FOTR) also joined the ARC as Cooperating Partners. The ARC applied for and received its first grant as a public entity in 2006. The project “Bacterial Source Tracking” was awarded $50,000 from Michigan’s Clean Michigan Initiative. Negotiation with MDEQ on storm water permit compliance issues was a key ARC activity for 2006. Templates were developed by the ARC for the Illicit Discharge Elimination Program (IDEP) and Public Education Plan (PEP) sections of the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Initiative (SWPPI) required by the Michigan watershedbased storm water permit, available for use by all Rouge communities. Twenty one watershed restoration projects were completed in 2006 through the investment of over $43 million (partially supported by Rouge Project grant funding). These projects included two Rouge River Water Festivals for children, several educational programs provided by Friends of the Rouge, design and construction of facilities to control combined sewer overflows (CSOs) and sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), lawn and landscape education, improvements to a nature center, storm water detention basin enhancements, development of a storm water management practice tracking system, streambank erosion inventory and stabilization projects, and implementation of the Rouge River Gateway Partnership Master Plan. Watershed-wide monitoring continued during2006. The long-term monitoring program in 2006 included continuous monitoring of dissolved oxygen (DO) and temperature at two stations and river level and flow monitoring at nine stations. Precipitation data were collected from 16 stations. The 2006 monitoring program also included intermittent wet and dry weather sampling in two subwatersheds, the Lower 1 SWMA and Lower 2 SWMA. Samples were collected and analyzed for pollutants such as E. coli bacteria, ammonia (NH3), total suspended solids (TSS), 5-day carbonaceous biochemical oxygen demand (CBOD5), and total phosphorus (TP).

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2005 Progress Report: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

RPO Staff

Technical Report, June 2006, 160 pages, Order Number: PR-2005

2005 was highlighted by the passage of state legislation to authorize local governments to form watershed alliances which was signed into law on January 3, 2005. In November 2005, the Rouge Assembly became the public entity “Alliance of Rouge Communities” (ARC) when 20 eligible members approved the bylaws (modeled after the former MOA for operation of the Assembly) developed under the Watershed Alliance Act. The ARC was successful in receiving MDEQ approval to act on behalf of member communities on storm water compliance issues with MDEQ.

Thirty-six watershed restoration projects were completed in 2005 through the investment of over $13 million (partially supported by Rouge Project grant funding). These projects included the reduction of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs), a creekshed study, streambank stabilization, implementing illicit discharge program and eliminating illicit discharges, storm water detention system and detention basin enhancements, erosion control projects, streambank inventories, facilities and operational changes to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs), flow control, rain garden education and construction, downspout disconnection, use of underdrains in swales, instream dissolved oxygen augmentation, assessment of alternative funding mechanisms for maintenance of privately owned storm water detention facilities, wetland protection, Rouge River Water Festivals, educational exhibits, interpretative wetland recreational trail, flow reduction, improvements to a nature center visitor’s center and watershed signs.

Public education and involvement activities within the Rouge River watershed continue to increase awareness of the Rouge River watershed and the various water quality issues in Southeast Michigan. A variety of outreach events and activities were conducted during 2005.

Watershed-wide monitoring continued during 2005, and several new tools were developed for accessing and analyzing Rouge River water quality monitoring data collected to date.

In 2005, the Michigan DO standard was met more than 95 percent of the time at four of the eight locations continuously monitored. The instances in 2005 when the DO standard was not met were usually during a wet weather event. The water quality improvements measured in the dry, hot conditions in 2005 demonstrate the benefits of the watershed management strategies that have been implemented to address and control dry and wet weather pollution sources in the watershed.

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2005 Rouge River Report Card

Rouge Remedial Action Plan Advisory Council

Miscellaneous Report, December 2005, 4 pages, Order Number: RRC-2005 **

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Review of Year 2004: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

Rouge Program Office and with contributions by numerous participants in the Rouge River restoration effort

July 2005, 60 pages, Order Number: RPO-WMGT-TR62 *

In the year 2004, the Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project (Rouge Project) continues to restore and protect designated water uses through a watershed-based management approach. The Rouge Project is also providing solutions to other urban watersheds throughout the country on how to restore polluted urban waterways. The Rouge Project was initiated in 1992 by the Department of the Environment, Wayne County, Michigan. The Rouge River Watershed in Southeast Michigan is largely urbanized, spans approximately 466 square miles, is home to more than 1.4 million people in 48 communities and three counties, and is a tributary to the Detroit River. Multi-year federal grants from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and additional funding from local communities support this cooperative effort between federal, state and local agencies. These grants are managed by Wayne County.

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Review of Year 2003: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

Rouge Program Office with input from Rouge Watershed Communities

Technical Report, July 2004, 55 pages, Order Number: RPO-WMGT-TR51 *

The year 2003 was a great year in the decade long effort to restore the Rouge River.  Water quality and overall ecosystem health of the river continued to improve, fish and wildlife are returning to the river, and increasing numbers of people are using the river for recreation. The improvements clearly reflect the benefits of the watershed management strategies that have been implemented to address and control the various sources of river impairment, such as dry and wet weather pollution sources in the watershed and highly variable rates of storm water discharge to the river.  A major milestone in the Rouge River restoration effort was reached in 2003, when 38 communities and the 3 counties in the watershed signed an agreement to form the Rouge River Watershed Local Management Assembly (Assembly of Rouge Communities). This unique, voluntary organization institutionalizes the management of the watershed at the local level and will guide future efforts to restore and protect the Rouge River. This report summarizes the major progress to restore the Rouge River in 2003.

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Review of Year 2002: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

Rouge Program Office

Task Product Memorandum, March 2004, 37 pages, Order Number: RPO-WMGT-TR50 *

In the year 2002, the major progress in restoration of the Rouge River included:

  1. The U.S. EPA's Office of Inspector General issued its report on the nation-wide audit of the national Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Control program. The report cites a number of examples of the successes of the Rouge Project's CSO control program. The report calls the watershed approach being utilized on the Rouge Project a "blueprint for success."
  2. The water quality and the overall ecosystem health of the river continued to steadily improve in 2002. The improvements clearly reflect the benefits of the watershed management strategies that have been implemented to address and control both dry and wet weather pollution sources in the watershed. The preliminary data shows that the dissolved oxygen standard was met the majority of the time in wet and dry periods at monitoring stations along the river.
  3. The River Rouge CSO Basin became operational in August 2002. This basin was designed to capture the 10-year 1-hour storm and has a capacity of 5.2 million gallons. All ten of the CSO retention/treatment basins planned for Phase 1 of the Rouge Watershed CSO control program are now in operation.
  4. The combined sewer overflow (CSO) storage treatment facilities continued to meet or exceed expectations. In 2002, MDEQ certified the three Detroit CSO basins as meeting the Phase II criteria of eliminating raw sewage and protecting public health. Therefore, all nine basins evaluated to date have all been certified as meeting Phase II criteria. In addition, the three Oakland County basins were certified by MDEQ in 2002 as meeting the Phase III requirement of achieving river water quality standards at times of discharge (except for meeting the instream standard for total residual chlorine).
  5. Storm Water Pollution Prevention Initiatives (SWPPIs), required under the MDEQ watershed-based NPDES permit program for stormwater discharges, were submitted by 43 communities and agencies in the Rouge Watershed and were approved by MDEQ. Implementation of other elements from the 7 Rouge Subwatershed Management Plans, such as the community illicit discharge elimination plans (IDEP) continued, and contributed to the improvements in Rouge River water quality.
  6. The Rouge Gateway Master Plan is a compendium of planning and design initiatives to transform the Rouge Gateway to a diverse, rich fishery drawing visitors form local communities and around the country to the river for recreation. A major element of the Master Plan, "The Rouge Oxbow Restoration Project - Phase I" was completed in 2002 and is 'open for business'. Work progressed with the Detroit District US Army Corps of Engineers regarding potential restoration of the concrete channel section of the lower Rouge.
  7. A "Drafting Committee" prepared a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) establishing the Rouge River Watershed Local Management Assembly. In January 2003, the MOA was distributed for conditional approval by the communities and agencies.
  8. Several projects completed as part of the Rouge Project were awarded achievement awards by regional, national, or international organizations; included in this list is the "Superior Achievement Award" awarded to the Rouge Project by the American Association of Environmental Engineers.
  9. The communities, Counties and agencies in the watershed continue to implement a very impressive number of actions that are furthering the restoration of the Rouge River.

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Review of Year 2001: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

Task Product Memorandum, February 2004, 23 pages, Order Number: RPO-TR40 **

In the year 2001, the major progress in restoration of the Rouge River included:

  1. The water quality and the overall ecosystem health continued to steadily improve in 2001. The improvements clearly reflect the benefits of the watershed management strategies that have been implemented to address and control both dry and wet weather pollution sources in the watershed. The preliminary data shows that the dissolved oxygen standard was met at least 94% of the time in wet and dry periods at several monitoring stations along the river.
  2. The combined sewer overflow (CSO) storage treatment facilities continued to meet or exceed expectations.
  3. Seven subwatershed management plans were completed cooperatively by the Subwatershed Advisory Groups (SWAGs) and submitted to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) on May 31, 2002 as required by the General Storm Water Permit.
  4. Storm Water Pollution Prevention Initiatives (SWPPIs) were finalized by 43 communities and agencies in the Rouge watershed and were submitted to MDEQ by the end of the year as required by the General Storm Water Permit.
  5. Over 43 communities in the Rouge River watershed have implemented their illicit discharge elimination plans (IDEP) contributing to the improvements in the Rouge River water quality.
  6. The Rouge Gateway Master Plan report was completed on February 19, 2001. This is a master plan for ecosystem restoration and recreational improvements along the lower seven-mile reach of the Rouge River. As part of this plan, construction was initiated on the Rouge Oxbow Restoration Project. Work progressed with the Detroit District US Army Corps of Engineers regarding potential restoration of the paved channel section of the lower Rouge.
  7. A Drafting Committee has been established to develop recommendations to present to the Rouge River communities and agencies concerning long-term institutional arrangements to further the Rouge River restoration.
  8. The communities, Counties and agencies continue to implement a very impressive number of actions that are furthering the restoration of the Rouge River.

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Review of Year 2000: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

Kelly Cave

Task Product Memorandum, April 2004, 23 pages, Order Number: SR-28 **

Major progress in the restoration of the Rouge River took place in year 2000. This includes:

  1. Certification of 6 combined sewer overflow (CSO) storage treatment facilities by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). There are now 130 miles of the Rouge River and its tributaries free from uncontrolled CSO discharges.
  2. Successful completion of 15 additional significant projects for water quality improvement, geographic information systems (GIS) and public education by local units of government in the watershed.
  3. Development of 7 subwatershed management plans.
  4. Implementation of new ordinances for on-site sewage disposal systems in Wayne and Washtenaw counties and a new Storm Water Ordinance in Wayne County.
  5. Development of the Rouge Gateway Master Plan - a plan for recreation and ecosystem restoration along the concrete channel section of the Rouge.
  6. Initiation of work on three Rouge Gateway Master Plan elements.

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Review of Year 1999: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

Jeff Valdahl

Technical Report, February 2000, 33 pages, Order Number: TR13.00 **

In 1999, there was continuing water quality improvement on the Rouge River. There were major institutional steps undertaken to sustain the restoration program. The water is cleaner as evidenced by the dissolved oxygen monitors showing that most days are meeting standards, fish are coming back, and people are saying that the water is cleaner. The 14-month schedule that was started with the U.S. District Court late in 1997 was completed early in 1999 with the restructuring of this Steering Committee and the creation of seven highly effective Subwatershed Advisory Groups (SWAGs) to represent the local interests of communities. This technical report presents a summary of 1999 Rouge Project activities inclusive of reports from the seven SWAGs (Upper, Middle 3, Middle 1, Main 3 & 4, Main 1 & 2, Lower 2, and Lower 1) and a year-end summary of Wayne County General Storm Water Permit activities.

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1999 Rouge River Report Card

Rouge Remedial Action Plan Advisory Council

Miscellaneous Report, December 1999, 49 pages, Order Number: RRC-1999 **

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Review of Year 1998: Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

Kelly Cave

Paper, 5 pages, Order Number: 98Review *

1998 was a successful year for the Rouge project. Dissolved Oxygen levels rose by 1 mg/L in parts of the Rouge River, and combined sewer overflow (CSO) volumes decreased by hundreds of million gallons. Over 200 acres of lake and waterfront parkland at Newburgh Lake were restored. Over 60 new projects were initiated for source control, wetlands, recreation, geographic information systems (GIS), and septic system management. A step-by-step implementation plan was developed for future work through the year 2001.

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Final Grant Closeout Summary Report: Rouge Project Grant 10

Kelly Cave, Razik Alsaigh, Noel Mullett, Dean Tuomari, & Michael Flowers

Technical Report, September 2014, 132 pages **

This report provides an overview of activities conducted under EPA Grant No. XP995743-09 (Rouge Project Grant 10). The County’s Department of Public Services (WCDPS) (formerly the Department of Environment) manages the Rouge Project at the local level and is responsible for the overall administration, direction, and quality management including grant administration, reporting, and allocation of grant funds to local communities and agencies to implement projects to restore and protect the river. While Grant 10 started January 1, 2008, all activities and expenses charged to Grant 10 were conducted during the period of January 1, 2009 – June 30, 2014.

Rouge Project Grant 10 funded numerous watershed restoration efforts including community and subwatershed emonstration projects and watershed-wide activities. Activities were completed by Rouge River Watershed communities and agencies, the Alliance of the Rouge Communities, Wayne County, and others. There were 47 community projects to restore and protect the Rouge River completed with Rouge Project Grant 10 funding as follows: control of CSOs and sanitary sewer overflows (14 projects); educate and involve the public in Rouge River restoration (11 projects); implementation of a variety of storm water management measures (12 projects); implementation of projects to stabilize stream banks and/or improve riverine habitat (8 projects); and implementation of projects to enhance riverine recreational opportunities (2 projects).

Watershed-wide activities implemented by Wayne County, the Rouge Program Office, the Alliance of Rouge Communities and others under Rouge Project Grant 10 also assisted the overall effort to restore and protect the Rouge River. These activities included water quality and ecosystem health monitoring, illicit discharge investigation and elimination activities, public education and involvement, ongoing management of a geographic information and data management system for the Rouge watershed, implementation of various watershed management projects such as “grow zones” in Rouge riparian corridors, and overall management of the grants and coordination of efforts conducted by various stakeholders. Brief descriptions of these efforts are included in the report.

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Final Grant Closeout Summary Report: Rouge Project Grant 9

Razik Alsaigh and Kelly Cave

Technical Report, December 2009, 86 pages **

This report provides an overview of activities conducted under EPA Grant No. #XP995743-08 (Rouge Project Grant 9). All activities were conducted during the period of March 1, 2002 through June 30, 2008.  Total funding in Grant 9 was $51,547,297 and the federal grant share was $28,351,013.Rouge Project Grant 9 funded numerous watershed restoration efforts including community and subwatershed demonstration projects and watershed-wide activities. Activities were completed by Rouge River Watershed communities and agencies, the Alliance of the Rouge Communities, Wayne County, and the Wayne County Rouge Program Office. There were 31 community projects completed under five areas of Rouge Project Grant 9.

In addition, Rouge Grant 9 funds were used to construct two Rouge River restoration projects managed directly by Wayne County; these projects are known as Rouge Corridor Management and Dearborn Combined Sewer Overflow.

The combined efforts of the 48 Rouge Watershed communities, Wayne County, and the Wayne County Rouge Program Office under Rouge Project Grant 9 have helped to restore the Rouge River. There are tangible benefits of our collective efforts in the areas of combined sewer overflow control, storm water management, and other watershed management activities. Water quality and overall ecosystem health has shown continuous, dramatic improvement for the past five years, fish and wildlife populations have grown, and recreational opportunities along the river have increased. The Rouge Project will continue to improve the Rouge River Watershed through its work under the remaining Rouge Project grants.

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Final Grant Closeout Summary Report: Rouge Project Grant 7

Razik Alsaigh, Kelly Cave and Barry Johnson

Technical Report, July 2009, 117 pages **

This report provides an overview of activities conducted under EPA Grant No. #XP995743-06 (Rouge Project Grant 7). All activities were conducted during the period of January 1, 2002 through December 30, 2008.  Total funding in Grant 7 was $34,232,033 and the federal grant share was $18,827,619.  Rouge Project Grant 7 funded numerous watershed restoration efforts including community and
subwatershed demonstration projects and watershed-wide activities. Activities were completed by Rouge River Watershed communities and agencies, the Alliance of the Rouge Communities, Wayne County, and the Wayne County Rouge Program Office. There were 55 community projects completed under eleven areas of Rouge Project Grant 7.

Extensive outreach and technology transfer activities were conducted to other local/regional/national watersheds under the time period covered by Rouge Project Grant 6. The purpose of performing outreach and technical transfer is to demonstrate to others how the Rouge Project is controlling wet weather and how those controls are integrated into the overall watershed approach that is being used by the Project.

The combined efforts of the 48 Rouge Watershed communities, Wayne County, and the Wayne County Rouge Program Office under Rouge Project Grant 7 have helped to restore the Rouge River. There are tangible benefits of our collective efforts in the areas of combined sewer overflow control, storm water management, and other watershed management activities. Water quality and overall ecosystem health has shown continuous, dramatic improvement for the past five years, fish and wildlife populations have grown, and recreational opportunities along the river have increased. The Rouge Project will continue to improve the Rouge River Watershed
through its work under the remaining Rouge Project grant.

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Final Grant Closeout Summary Report: Rouge Project Grant 6

Razik Alsaigh, Kelly Cave and Barry Johnson

Technical Report, August 2005, 64 pages, Order Number: RPO-WMGT-TR64 **

This report provides an overview of activities conducted under EPA Grant No. #XP995743-05 (Rouge Project Grant 6). All activities were conducted during the period of January 1, 1999 through December 31, 2004.  Total funding in Grant 6 was $12,128,866 and the federal grant share was $6,453,551.  Rouge Project Grant 6 funded numerous combined sewer overflow (CSO) control projects.  Projects completed under Rouge Grant 6 include construction of 10 CSO retention treatment basins, separation of combined sewers in six communities, and seven other combined sewer overflow control projects.Brief descriptions of all of these projects are included in the report.

Extensive outreach and technology transfer activities were conducted to other local/regional/national watersheds under the time period covered by Rouge Project Grant 6. The purpose of performing outreach and technical transfer is to demonstrate to others how the Rouge Project is controlling wet weather and how those controls are integrated into the overall watershed approach that is being used by the Project.

The efforts of the Rouge Project have been noteworthy to date. The health of the river continues to improve and people are returning to the river. The combined efforts of the 48 Rouge Watershed communities, Wayne County, and the Wayne County Rouge Program Office under Rouge Project Grant 6 have helped to restore the Rouge River. There are tangible benefits of our collective efforts in the areas of combined sewer overflow control, storm water management, and other watershed management activities. Water quality and overall ecosystem health has shown continuous, dramatic improvement for the past five years, fish and wildlife populations have grown, and recreational opportunities along the river have increased. The Rouge Project will continue to improve the Rouge River Watershed through its work under the remaining Rouge Project grants.

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Final Grant Closeout Summary Report: Rouge Project Grant 5

Razik Alsaigh, Kelly Cave, Barry Johnson, Amy Ploof

Technical Report, October 2004, 74 pages, Order Number: RPO-WMGT-TR57 **

This report provides an overview of activities conducted under EPA Grant No. #XP995743-04 (Rouge Project Grant 5). All activities were conducted during the period of June 1, 1998 through December 31, 2003.  Total funding in Grant 5 was $19,987,731 and the federal grant share was $10,809,605.  Rouge Project Grant 5 funded numerous watershed restoration efforts including community and subwatershed demonstration projects and watershed-wide activities.  Activities were completed by Rouge River Watershed communities and agencies, Wayne County, and the Wayne County Rouge Program Office.  91 community projects were completed under Rouge Project Grant 5 and include storm water management, combined sewer/sanitary sewer overflow control, recreation and habitat, wetlands, onsite sewage disposal systems, and geographic information system projects.  Watershed-wide activities included public involvement, subwatershed management, and overall coordination of efforts conducted by various stakeholders. Brief descriptions of these efforts are included in the report. Extensive outreach and technology transfer activities were conducted to other local/regional/national watersheds under Rouge Project Grant 5. A summary of all technology transfer efforts is presented in the report. The efforts of the Rouge Project have been noteworthy to date. The health of the river continues to improve and people are returning to the river. The combined efforts of the 48 Rouge Watershed communities, Wayne County, and the Wayne County Rouge Program Office under Rouge Project Grant 5 have helped to restore the Rouge River. There are tangible benefits of our collective efforts in the areas of combined sewer overflow control, storm water management, and other watershed management activities. Water quality and overall ecosystem health has shown continuous, dramatic improvement for the past five years, fish and wildlife populations have grown, and recreational opportunities along the river have increased. The Rouge Project will continue to improve the Rouge River Watershed through its work under the remaining Rouge Project grants.

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Final Grant Closeout Summary Report: Rouge Project Grant 4

Razik Alsaigh, Kelly Cave, Barry Johnson, and Amy Ploof

Technical Report, June 2004, 61 pages, Order Number: RPO-WMGT-TR56 *

This report provides an overview of activities conducted under EPA Grant No. #XP995743-03 (Rouge Project Grant 4).  All activities were conducted during the period of February 28, 1997 through December 31, 2003.  Rouge Project Grant 4 funded numerous watershed restoration efforts including Community and Subwatershed Demonstration Projects and Watershed-wide Activities.  Activities were completed by Rouge River Watershed communities, Wayne County, and the Wayne County Rouge Program Office.    Fourteen community projects were completed under Rouge Project Grant 4 and included:  streambank stabilization and woody debris management, water quality monitoring, combined sewer basin evaluation, initiation of the Rouge River Gateway Project, wetland restoration and a wetland banking system, illicit discharge training and investigations and geographic information (GIS) development.  Watershed-wide activities included water quality and ecosystem health assessment and reporting, public involvement, data management efforts, and overall coordination of efforts conducted by various stakeholders.  Brief descriptions of these efforts are included in the report.  Extensive outreach and technology transfer activities were conducted to other local/regional/national watersheds under Rouge Project Grant 4.  A summary of all technology transfer efforts is presented in the report.  The efforts of the Rouge Project have been noteworthy to date.  The health of the river continues to improve and people are returning to the river.  The combined efforts of the 48 Rouge Watershed communities, Wayne County, and the Wayne County Rouge Program Office under Rouge Project Grant 4 have helped to restore the Rouge River.   There are tangible benefits of our collective efforts in the areas of combined sewer overflow control, storm water management, and other watershed management activities.  Water quality and overall ecosystem health has shown continuous, dramatic improvement for the past five years, fish and wildlife populations have grown, and recreational opportunities along the river have increased.  The Rouge Project will continue to improve the Rouge River Watershed through its work under the remaining Rouge Project grants.

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Final Grant Closeout Summary Report: Rouge Project Grant 3

Razik Alsaigh, Kelly Cave, Barry Johnson and Amy Ploof

Technical Report, March 2005, 55 pages, Order Number: RPO-WMGT-TR54 **

This report provides an overview of activities conducted under EPA Grant No. #C-264000-01 (Rouge Project Grant 3). All activities were conducted during the period of December 16, 1994 through March 31, 2004.  Total funding in Grant 3 was $252,949,562 and the federal grant share was $139,122,259.  Rouge Project Grant 3 funded numerous watershed restoration efforts including community andsubwatershed demonstration projects and watershed-wide activities. Activities were completed by Rouge River Watershed communities and agencies, the Assembly of the Rouge Communities, Wayne County, and the Wayne County Rouge Program Office. There were 28 community projects completed under four areas of Rouge Project Grant 3 funding as follows: • July 30, 2000 “Watershed General Permit - Round IIA” subgrant program (9 projects), • February 14, 2001 “Watershed General Permit - Round IIB” subgrant program (4 projects), • January 9, 2002 “ Watershed General Permit - Round III” subgrant program (8 projects), and • April 23, 2003 “Permit Compliance Activities – Round V” subgrant program (7 projects).

Extensive outreach and technology transfer activities were conducted to other local/regional/national watersheds under the time period covered by Rouge Project Grant 3. The purpose of performing outreach and technical transfer is to demonstrate to others how the Rouge Project is controlling wet weather and how those controls are integrated into the overall watershed approach that is being used by the Project.

The efforts of the Rouge Project have been noteworthy to date. The health of the river continues to improve and people are returning to the river. The combined efforts of the 48 Rouge Watershed communities, Wayne County, and the Wayne County Rouge Program Office under Rouge Project Grant 3 have helped to restore the Rouge River. There are tangible benefits of our collective efforts in the areas of combined sewer overflow control, storm water management, and other watershed management activities. Water quality and overall ecosystem health has shown continuous, dramatic improvement for the past five years, fish and wildlife populations have grown, and recreational opportunities along the river have increased. The Rouge Project will continue to improve the Rouge River Watershed through its work under the remaining Rouge Project grants.

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Final Grant Closeout Summary Report: Rouge Project Grant 2

Kelly Cave, Barry Johnson and Razik Alsaigh

Technical Report, July 2006, 142 pages, Order Number: RPO-WMGT-TR59a

This report provides an overview of activities conducted under EPA Grant No. #XP995743-02 (Rouge Project Grant 2).  All activities were conducted during the period of March 7, 1994 through September 30, 2004. Rouge Project Grant 2 funded numerous watershed restoration efforts including community and subwatershed demonstration projects and watershed-wide activities. Activities were completed by Rouge River Watershed communities and agencies, the Assembly of Rouge Communities,Wayne County and the Wayne County Rouge Program Office. One hundred seventy-six projects were completed under Rouge Project Grant 2 and included:17 projects relating to control of combined sewer overflows, including funding for 4 projects using innovative treatment processes;38 storm water and water management projects which included public education, storm water management, illicit discharge investigations, river recreation enhancements, and preparation of a state storm water permit;11 areas of Wayne County activity to conduct a number of watershed-wide activities to assist the overall effort to restore and protect the Rouge River, including program management, water quality monitoring, illicit discharge investigations, technology transfer, and construction of storm water management projects; 83 Rouge Project Office work plans to conduct a number of watershed-wide activities to assist the overall effort to restore and protect the Rouge River, ranging from policy initiatives such as developing the new statewide watershed-based storm water permit program to grass roots initiatives such as activities to educate and involve the public in the Rouge River restoration effort to development of watershed management tools such as the geographic information system; 27 contracts for support services provided by other agencies for education, designs, legal assistance, water resources investigation and audit of Rouge Project Grant 1; and 7 storm water strategy projects for community projects which included public education, storm water management, illicit discharge investigations and recreation enhancements.

Extensive outreach and technology transfer activities were conducted under Rouge Project Grant 2 to assist other local/regional/national watersheds. The purpose of performing outreach and technical transfer is to demonstrate to others how the Rouge Project is controlling wet weather and how those controls are integrated into the overall watershed approach used by the Project.

The efforts of the Rouge Project have been noteworthy to date. The health of the river continues to improve and people are returning to the river.

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Grant 1 Final Project and Report

Kelly A. Cave, Carl Johnson, and Sandra Kiser

Supplemental Report, October 1999, 25 pages, Order Number: WMGT-SR19.00 **

The Grant 1 Final Project Report for the Rouge Project is a concise description of achievements under Rouge Project Grant 1 to aid in the understanding of project expenditures. The audience is the USEPA Office of Inspector General and USEPA Project Officer. Work under Rouge Project Grant 1 (No. #X995743-01) began in 1992 and extended to December 1997. The Rouge Project efforts continue under succeeding grants (Nos. Grant #X995743-02, 03 and 04 and #C995743-01). This report identifies the approaches initiated under Grant 1 and includes a list of project deliverables in the appendix.

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Quality Management Plan 2005 - 2008

Technical Report, August 2007, 70 pages, Order Number:
RPO-QMP-2005-08 *

The QMP documents the quality management and assurance polices, procedures, roles and responsibilities, and identifies the methods by which continual improvement of quality management will be achieved and monitored. This QMP and the associated quality management system components have been developed with the assistance of EPA Region V Quality Assurance Section and Water Quality Division. The QMP was approved by both the EPA and WCDOE.

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Quality Management Plan 2001 - 2004

Carl Johnson

Technical Report, July 2004, 60 pages, Order Number: RPO-WMGT-TR58 *

The QMP documents the quality management and assurance polices, procedures, roles and responsibilities, and identifies the methods by which continual improvement of quality management will be achieved and monitored. This QMP and the associated quality management system components have been developed with the assistance of EPA Region V Quality Assurance Section and Water Quality Division. The QMP was approved by both the EPA and WCDOE.

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Quality Management Plan 1999

Razik Alsaigh

Quarterly Memorandum, October 1999, 110 pages, Order Number: QMP02.00 **

The QMP documents the quality management and assurance polices, procedures, roles, and responsibilities, and identifies the methods by which continual improvement of quality management will be achieved and monitored. The QMP will be mutually approved by both the EPA and WCDOE. Upon approval, authority for approval of the associated quality assurance documents, (Quality Assurance Project Plan, field sampling plans, standard operating procedures, and guidance documents) becomes the responsibility of Wayne County and that the Management System Reviews (MSRs) will be done both internally and in collaboration with the EPA to oversee the quality system established for the Rouge Project. No environmental measurements will be made without: an approved Quality Assurance Project Plan, field sampling plan, and standard operating procedures; and the planning phase including the Data Quality Objective (DQO) process as described in the document "Guidance for the Data Quality Objectives Process" (EPA A/G-4).

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Achieving Multiple Objectives Through a Single Watershed Plan

Kelly Cave

Paper, July 2000, 25 pages, Order Number: Watershed 2000-01 **

The paper identifies what the Rouge Project has found to be the elements of a "comprehensive watershed management plan" which will achieve multiple program objectives, such as the reissuance of NPDES permits on a watershed basis, implementation of the water quality trading programs that are currently under development, implementation of the Section 319 non-point source program, development and implementation of Watershed Restoration Action Strategies envisioned under the Clean Water Action Plan, implementation of monitoring programs and for addressing the requirements of the TMDL program. The paper presents information on the implementation of the comprehensive watershed management plans to meet the elements of individual water resource management programs. It discusses challenges and successes of the overall effort. Finally, the paper presents information on lessons learned that will be useful to other geographic areas in their development and implementation of comprehensive watershed management plans.

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Meeting Objectives For Watershed Planning: A Decision Assessment Framework

Vyto Kaunelis, Carl Johnson, David Hunscher, and John Spittler

Paper, October 1996, 12 pages, Order Number: WEF96-02.00 **

The Decision Assessment Framework (DAF) is a decision framework tool aimed at regularly assessing the completeness and relevancy of the Program Team's efforts toward accomplishing the Rouge Program's mission. This paper discusses the process of developing the DAF tool, its usefulness for tracking progress towards intangible targets, the lessons learned, and other concepts relevant to watershed management and planning.

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Rouge Project Outreach Binder: Implementing An Urban Watershed Approach

Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

Supplemental Report, February 1997, 90 pages, Order Number: WMGT-SR14.00 **

This notebook is used to present an overview of the activities being undertaken to restore and protect beneficial uses in the Rouge River under the Rouge Project. The notebook accompanies a slide presentation "Implementing an Urban Watershed Approach" used to describe the Rouge Project, its accomplishments to date and future directions to both local and national audiences. Each section of the notebook corresponds to a slide from the presentation and also contains examples of selected Rouge Project programs and work efforts. The notebook is periodically updated to reflect progress of the Rouge Project in restoring the Rouge River.

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Rouge River Gateway Ecosystem Restoration Project Wayne County, Michigan

Project Profile, March 2003, 3 pages, Order Number: GATE-00 *

The Rouge River Gateway Ecosystem Restoration Project is proposed as a three-phase project: Phase 1 – Planning. The planning involves all stakeholders, and it is establishing guidelines for the restoration of wetlands, riparian shoreline, fish, and wildlife consistent with goals of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. It is creating a vision of what the river corridor can be. It is identifying public uses along the corridor, including walkways, parks and water tours. Phase 2 – Early Restoration Areas. One or two areas along the concrete channel and within the public-right-of-way will be selected for pilot restoration to “soften the edges”. These areas will be selected to complement ongoing redevelopment projects along the river. Phase 3 – Full Restoration. The final phase will continue the restoration work along the concrete channel and the navigable part of the river downstream of the channel.

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Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

James E. Murray and John M. Bona

Paper, October 1993, 6 pages, Order Number: PI-PAPER-01.00 *

The range of water quality problems which impact urban rivers is being studied utilizing a unique cooperative effort among governmental agencies at the federal, state, county and local levels. The Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project (Rouge Project) is a comprehensive analysis of an entire watershed and the pollutant sources which impact the river's water quality. It looks at sources of pollution without regard to the political jurisdiction in which they are located. The project is designed to analyze these various sources of pollution and the technologies currently available for their remediation. At completion, the Rouge Project is expected to establish a method for determining the mix of control measures which provides greatest water quality improvement at most reasonable public expenditure.

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Rouge River Project Watershed Management Technical Handbook

Carl Johnson

Technical Memorandum, May 1997, 26 pages, Order Number: WMGT-TM24.00 **

This handbook has been assembled to provide a quick reference for communities, state environmental agencies and others that are interested in Wayne County Department of Environment's (WCDOE) experience in the Rouge Project for restoring the Rouge River.

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Rouge River Watershed Management: Implementing a Remedial Action Plan

James E. Murray

Paper, October 1994, 10 pages, Order Number: WEFTEC94-04 *

Water quality within the Great Lakes and their connecting waterways has historically been viewed as an issue by both local, state, and national officials, and by our Canadian neighbors. In its 1981 study of the Great Lakes, the International Joint Commission (IJC) identified as most severe, that portion of Southeast Michigan tributary to the Detroit River, including flows from the Rouge River. Over 1.5 million inhabitants in 48 communities and three counties exist within the watershed, including the City of Detroit. This paper provides the historical background for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Rouge River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) and Wayne County's implementation of the Rouge Project, a project funded, in part by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

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Rouge Watershed Peer Review Findings Report wtih Recommendations September 23-27, 1996

Jim Meek, Nancy Phillips, Eric Livingston, Earl Shaver, Tom Schueler, Don Roseboom, and Tom Davenport

Supplemental Report, September 1996, 32 pages, Order Number: WMGT-SR12.00 **

RPO contracted with the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC) for a peer review panel to do an in-depth review of the Project in September of 1996, approximately three years after the project's inception. The review was to evaluate the overall project design, assess the status of implementation, assess institutional arrangements, and make recommendations concerning possible improvements. This report contains the findings of the review team and their recommendations.

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The Successes in Implementing an Urban Watershed Approach-The Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

James E. Murray and Dale S. Bryson

Paper, October 1996, 6 pages, Order Number: WEF96-01.00 **

The Rouge River in southeast Michigan does not meet water quality standards. Wayne County applied for and obtained a national demonstration project grant to develop an approach to watershed-wide quality management that will achieve water quality standards.

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What Does The Rouge Project Know That May Save You Money On Wet Weather Controls

James E. Murray, Dale S. Bryson, and Kelly A. Cave

Paper, October 1998, 13 pages, Order Number: WEFTEC98-01.00 **

The Rouge Project is a working example of how a systematic watershed approach to pollution management can result in cost-effective and ultimately greater and faster achievement of designated uses in a water body. The Rouge Project was initiated in 1992 by the Department of the Environment, Wayne County, Michigan. The Rouge Project is a USEPA granted funded program designed to restore the water quality of the Rouge River, a tributary of the Detroit River in Southeast Michigan. The Rouge Project is designed to identify the most efficient and cost effective controls of wet weather pollution, while assuring maximum use of the resource. Sources of pollution to the river include industrial and municipal point sources, combined sewer overflows, storm water runoff, interflow from abandoned dumps, discharges from illcit connections, discharge from failed on-site septic systems, and resuspension of contaminated sediment. Innovative storm water control technologies are also being evaluated under the Rouge Project. A total of 60 pilot storm water management projects are being implemented throughout the watershed by 25 different communities and agencies. Categories of pilot storm water management projects currently underway include wetlands creation and restoration, structural practices such as grassed swales and detention ponds, illicit discharge elimination, erosion controls, stream bank stabilization and habitat restoration to name a few. Innovative, readily transferable tools have been developed and are being employed by the Project. These tools include a suite of computer models to simulate the water quality and quantity response of the Rouge River during wet weather events for existing and future conditions under various CSO and storm water runoff management alternatives; a comprehensive geographic information system (GIS); a relational database designed and implemented to manage the wealth of data collected under the Project (DataView and Rouge Information Manager); and the use of a holistic watershed approach. These tools are being shared with other cities and state agencies.

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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, -08, -09 and C-264000-01.