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Storm Water Management


The listing below presents the reports that have a main focus of storm water management efforts. It is important to note that there are a number of reports at other locations on this web site that closely support storm water management activities. 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. A Municipal Storm Water Discharge Regulation Strategy
  2. Achieving Multiple Objectives Through A Single Watershed Plan
  3. Alternative Funding Mechanisms for Stormwater Detention
  4. Analysis of Existing Detention Ponds in the Rouge River Watershed
  5. Common Appendix for Rouge Subwatershed Management Plans Submitted in Fulfillment of the MDEQ Stormwater General Permit
  6. Community Project Guide
  7. Cost Estimating Guidelines: Best Management Practices and Engineering Controls 1997 and 2001
  8. Designing the Right Hook: Public Participation in the Watershed Planning Process
  9. Environmentally Friendly Mixed Use Development, Northville, Michigan
  10. Evaluation of On-Line Media Filters in the Rouge River Watershed
  11. Extended Detention Pond Evaluation
  12. Fellows Creek Regional Detention and Public Education Programs, Charter Townships of Canton and Plymouth, Michigan
  13. Ford Park Passive Recreation Project, Northville, Michigan
  14. GIS Data for Water Quality Indices and Wetlands Assesment, West Bloomfield, Michigan
  15. Guidelines for Conducting a Detention Pond Inventory
  16. Implementing a Model Watershed Approach Through A State General Storm Water NPDES Permit
  17. Improving Community Storm Water Management (A Summary Guide of Ordinances for Rouge River Communities)
  18. Inkster Storm Water Management Project
  19. Lower 1 Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan
  20. Lower 2 Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan
  21. Main 1-2 Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan
  22. Main 3-4 Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan
  23. Management Study for the Bell Branch and Tarabusi Creek Subwatershed (Draft)
  24. Management Study for the Middle 3 Subwatershed (Draft)
  25. Middle 1 Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan
  26. Middle 3 Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan
  27. Multi-Chambered Treatment Train
  28. Pebble Creek Erosion and Sedimentation Control Study, Farmington Hills, Michigan
  29. Pilot Structural Best Management Practice Site Selection and Assessment
  30. Plymouth Township Recreational Park Habitat and Recreation Project
  31. Progress Report on Pilot Source Control Best Management Practice Project
  32. Project Evaluation of the Cedar Lake Extended Detention Pond
  33. Regional Street Waste Transfer Facility
  34. Rouge River Watershed Management Planning: The Main 3-4 Subwatershed Plan
  35. Rouge River Watershed Management Planning: The Main 3-4 Subwatershed Management Plan
  36. Soil Bioengineering Techniques for the Restoration of Johnson Creek, Washtenaw County, Michigan
  37. Soil Erosion Control Blanket Project
  38. Specifications and Contract Documents for I-696/Minnow Pond Drain Swale Retrofit Construction
  39. Stormwater Management for the Rouge River Watershed
  40. Stormwater Management in Headwaters: Identifying Sites for Conservation Easements
  41. Subwatershed Baseline Infomation: Characterization and Comparison
  42. Summary of the Subwatershed Management Plans for the Rouge River Watershed
  43. The Rouge Project: Implementing a General Storm Water Permit as Part of a Watershed Approach to Wet Weather Pollution Management
  44. Upper Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan
  45. Water Conservation and Storm Water Management Study

A Municipal Storm Water Discharge Regulation Strategy

Jay B. Rising, Thomas C. Phillips, Steven E. Chester, and Jack D. Bails

Supplemental Report, April 1996, 23 pages, Order Number: NPS-SR07.00 **

This report is part of a series of analyses performed to investigate the institutional and financial options for management of wet weather flows in the Rouge River watershed under the auspices of the Rouge Project. The report identifies the limitations of existing law and notes the statutory requirements that may now discourage communities from pursuing watershed approaches. It suggests administrative rule changes that may overcome some obstacles to managing storm water on a watershed basis and provides a foundation for further analysis of potential changes in state and federal regulations and policies that could be made to provide incentives for communities to adopt watershed approaches.

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Achieving Multiple Objectives Through A Single Watershed Plan

Kelly A. Cave, Jim Murray, and Dale Bryson

Paper, August 2002, 7 pages, Order Number: STORMCON2002-02 **

The Rouge Project in Southeast Michigan 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. In addition, multiple program objectives are being achieved through the development of comprehensive watershed management plans.. The Rouge Project has expanded from a program to build and evaluate alternative approaches to control combined sewer overflows (CSOs) to a comprehensive watershed-based pollution abatement initiative. The Rouge River Watershed is largely urbanized, spans approximately 438 square miles and is home to over 1.5 million people in 48 communities and 3 counties.

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Alternative Funding Mechanisms for Stormwater Detention

Public Sector Consultants & Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone

March 2004, 62 pages, Order Number: URBSW_7.20_Alt_Fund_RPT ***

Recent federal and state laws and regulations require that all local units of government (e.g., cities, townships, villages, and counties) in urbanized areas obtain and meet the requirements of a storm water discharge permit. As part of its responsibilities under its watershed-based general storm water discharge permit, Farmington Hills participated in the development of the Subwatershed Management Plan for the Upper Rouge River. That planning process determined that one of the major impairments in the Upper Rouge River was excessive flows. Each community accepted responsibility for implementing various actions to address problems identified in the plan as part of their individually required Storm Water Pollution Prevention Initiative (SWPPI). As one element of its SWPPI, Farmington Hills agreed to assess alternative mechanisms to fund the maintenance/repair/enhancement of existing, privately owned storm water detention facilities. This report presents the results of that assessment

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Analysis of Existing Detention Ponds in the Rouge River Watershed

Amy Ploof and Ashraf Ibrahim

Task Product Memorandum, December 1997, 69 pages, Order Number: NPS-TPM45.00 **

This task product memorandum extrapolates the number of detention ponds in the Rouge River Watershed. Current maintenance guidelines in the Rouge River Watershed are also presented.

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Common Appendix for Rouge Subwatershed Management Plans Submitted in Fulfillment of the MDEQ Stormwater General Permit

Rouge Program Office

Technical Report, May 2001, Order Number: RPO-NPS-TR37 **

Seven subwatershed plans were developed for the Rouge River watershed under a unique state program for permitting storm water discharges. These plans were conceived as a part of the Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project (Rouge Project), funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). These plans identify current river conditions and propose goals, actions, and progress measures to protect and restore the beneficial uses of the river for the residents of the subwatershed. A technical appendix was developed to support all seven subwatershed management plans. This technical appendix includes: Planning and Cost Estimating Criteria for Best Management Practices; community action scores for water quality improvement; community action cost estimates; a summary of the 1999 public involvement survey; the Rouge River Report Card; comments on year 2000 draft 303(d) list; a list of available maps; river flow data summaries; dissolved oxygen and temperature data summaries; E. Coli data summaries; biological and ecological features, and ecological impairments; and a glossary and list of acronyms.

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Community Project Guide

Supplemental Report, October 1997, 14 pages, Order Number: NPS-SR16.00 **

The purpose of the Community Project Guide is to provide communities receiving grant sponsorship for projects through the Rouge Project with information, policies and procedures to administer project funds in accordance with applicable federal guidelines. By referring to this Guide along with the appropriate Code of Federal Regulations when necessary, the community can meet the fiscal and accounting requirements needed for EPA compliance and effective project reporting.

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Cost Estimating Guidelines: Best Management Practices and Engineering Controls 1997 and 2001

Timothy Ferguson, Robert Gignac, Mark Stoffan, and Bryan Alexander

Supplemental Report, July 1997, 127 pages, Order Number: NPS-SR10.00 **

The 1997 manual was designed to assist community planning and public works managers develop storm water runoff control programs in the most effective manner for their specific concerns. The intent of the manual is to provide an introduction to, and cost information for, common methods used to control storm water runoff. The manual has been organized into six categories to aid you in identifying specific BMPs. The 2001 manual was prepared as a general appendix to the Subwatershed Management Plans. The 2001 document is intended to update the cost estimating manual to make the material more directed, more accessible, and more useful in the implementation of the Subwatershed Management Plans.

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Designing the Right Hook: Public Participation in the Watershed Planning Process

Josephine Powell and Zachare Ball

Paper, August 2002, 4 pages, Order Number: STORMCON2002-03 **

This paper will discuss the initiatives and tools used by Wayne County’s Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project (Rouge Project) and Rouge communities to obtain public input and comment during the year-long subwatershed management planning process.

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Environmentally Friendly Mixed Use Development, Northville, Michigan

Project Profile, February 2000, 3 pages, Order Number: M1-03 *

This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project.

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Evaluation of On-Line Media Filters in the Rouge River Watershed

Razik Alsaigh, Jeff Boerma, Amy Ploof & Louis Regenmorter

Task Product Memorandum, March 1999, 51 pages, Order Number: NPS-TPM59.00 **

This report describes the performance of the on-line media filter demonstration pilot project for the period of October 1995 to June 1997. This best management practice (BMP) uses storm sewer inserts to filter sediments and absorb hydrocarbon products from storm sewer runoff before it reaches surface waters. These inserts were applied as a demonstration project in the Cities of Livonia and Westland, Michigan. These BMPs were recommended to evaluate the costs and benefits of low cost, inlet insert type devices for use in existing urban areas. Four devices were tested as part of this demonstration. The sediments and hydrocarbons collected by the four devices were measured and the results of the four devices were assessed. The operation and maintenance (O&M) considerations, capital cost, and estimated O&M costs are also addressed. All four filters performed well during the 19 month evaluation period and were relatively easy to maintain. The results of this demonstration show that the best filter depends on the conditions at the site and the objective of its installation.

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Extended Detention Pond Evaluation

Razik Alsaigh and Jeff Boerma

Task Product Memorandum, October 1996, 60 pages, Order Number: NPS-TPM40.00 **

The purpose of this report is to describe the progress made and the lessons learned from the Cedar Lake dry extended detention pond demonstration project for the period July 15, 1995 to December 31, 1995. This demonstration project is the structural BMP#1 as described in the Rouge Project document "Interim Final Report for the 319 Grant (RPO-NPS01A-TR02.01)".

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Fellows Creek Regional Detention and Public Education Programs, Charter Townships of Canton and Plymouth, Michigan

Project Profile, February 2000, 2 pages, Order Number: SP-02 *

This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project.

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Ford Park Passive Recreation Project, Northville, Michigan

Project Profile, February 2000, 2 pages, Order Number: M1-14 *

This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project.

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GIS Data for Water Quality Indices and Wetlands Assesment, West Bloomfield, Michigan

Project Profile, September 2000, 2 pages, Order Number: GIS 41 **

The purpose of the project was to expand two GIS capabilities necessary for planning and implementing programs to support the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality General Permit for Storm Water Discharge which supports the Rouge River restoration activities.

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Guidelines for Conducting a Detention Pond Inventory

Amy Whitens and Ashraf Ibrahim

Task Product Memorandum, June 1997, 32 pages, Order Number: NPS-TPM46.00 **

This task product memorandum will serve as a guideline for communities to use to conduct their own detention pond inventory. It also addresses the issue of detention pond maintenance.

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Implementing a Model Watershed Approach Through A State General Storm Water NPDES Permit

Kelly A. Cave and Jack Bails

Paper, October 1998, 10 pages, Order Number: WEFTEC98-02.00 **

The Rouge Project funded in part by USEPA grants and administered by the Wayne County Department of Environment, has expanded from a program to build and evaluate alternative approaches to control a comprehensive watershed-based pollution abatement initiative. The Rouge River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) identified the importance of controlling pollution emanating from diffuse storm water and nonpoint sources. A storm water management strategy was initiated for the watershed that culminated in a new regulatory framework centered around a watershed-based general storm water permit. All 48 Rouge Watershed communities had the opportunity to participate in the design of the permit and reached consensus with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) on the required permit elements. The permit requires permitees to participate in watershed management planning for a self-determined subwatershed unit. The watershed management plan will form the basis for implementing watershed goals and objectives that will result in improved water quality and pollution control.

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Improving Community Storm Water Management (A Summary Guide of Ordinances for Rouge River Communities)

Rupal S. Pribak

Supplemental Report, October 1997, 17 pages, Order Number: NPS-SR17.00 **

This guide provides a summary of the types of storm water ordinances currently in force in many of the Rouge Watershed communities. It is a tool to aid communities in creating a comprehensive local ordinance, or a series of ordinances, to reduce the adverse effects of common human activities on our water resources. The summary guide consists of seven areas of developing storm water ordinances: 1) Controlling Storm Water Quantity and Quality, 2) Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control, 3) Managing Septic Systems, 4) Protecting Wetlands, 5) Maintaining Vegetative Buffer Zones and Stabilizing Streambanks, 6) Floodplain/Watercourse: Maintaining Docks and Other Water Dependent Structures, and 7) Establishing Wildlife Corridors.

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Inkster Storm Water Management Project

Barry Johnson

Project Profile, March 2002, 2 pages, Order Number: SW-06 *

This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project.

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Lower 1 Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan

Rouge Program Office

Technical Report, April 2001, 207 pages, Order Number: RPO-NPS-TR34 **

The Lower One Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan is one of seven subwatershed plans developed for the Rouge River watershed under a unique state program for permitting storm water discharges. The plan was conceived as a part of the Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project (Rouge Project), funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). This plan provides a framework for the preparation of pollution prevention initiatives to meet state and federal water quality regulations. This Lower One Subwatershed Management Plan is part of a comprehensive, long term effort to protect water resources that are at risk of becoming degraded and to restore water resources that have been impaired by pollution, excessive river flows, and loss of natural features.

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Lower 2 Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan

Rouge Program Office

Technical Report, May 2001, 88 pages, Order Number: RPO-NPS-TR35 **

The Lower 2 Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan is one of seven subwatershed plans developed for the Rouge River watershed under a unique state program for permitting storm water discharges. The plan was conceived as a part of the Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project (Rouge Project), funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). This plan provides a framework for the preparation of pollution prevention initiatives to meet state and federal water quality regulations. The Lower 2 Subwatershed Management Plan discusses the use impairments to the Rouge River in the Lower 2 Subwatershed, the goals and possible solutions to those impairments, and activities that will be conducted by the Lower 2 communities to support these stated goals.

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Main 1-2 Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan

Rouge Program Office

Technical Report, May 2001, 103 pages, Order Number: RPO-NPS-TR30 **

The Main 1-2 Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan is one of seven subwatershed plans developed for the Rouge River watershed under a unique state program for permitting storm water discharges. The plan was conceived as a part of the Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project (Rouge Project), funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). This plan provides a framework for the preparation of pollution prevention initiatives to meet state and federal water quality regulations. The Main 1-2 Subwatershed Management Plan discusses the use impairments to the Rouge River in the Main 1-2 Subwatershed, the goals and possible solutions to those impairments, and activities that will be conducted by the Main 1-2 communities to support these stated goals.

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Main 3-4 Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan

Rouge Program Office

Technical Report, May 2001, 81 pages, Order Number: RPO-NPS-TR36 **

The Main 3-4 Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan is one of seven subwatershed plans developed for the Rouge River watershed under a unique state program for permitting storm water discharges. The plan was conceived as a part of the Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project (Rouge Project), funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). This plan provides a framework for the preparation of pollution prevention initiatives to meet state and federal water quality regulations. The Main 3-4 Subwatershed Management Plan discusses the use impairments to the Rouge River in the Main 3-4 Subwatershed, the goals and possible solutions to those impairments, and activities that will be conducted by the Main 3-4 communities to support these stated goals.

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Management Study for the Bell Branch and Tarabusi Creek Subwatershed (Draft)

Kelly Cave, Michelle VanAllen, Christine Rohrer, & Jack Bails

Task Product Memorandum, October 1997, 91 pages, Order Number: NPS-TPM55.00 **

The Mananagement Study for the Bell Branch and Tarabusi Creek Subwatershed was prepared by the RPO under the guidance of the Subwatershed Advisory Group (SWAG) for the Bell Branch and Tarabusi Creek Subwatershed. Its primary purpose is to share information on the Bell Branch and Tarabusi Creek with local officials, community groups, businesses, environmental organizations, and interested citizens. A variety of infomation has been collected on the subwatershed, including hydrologic, biologic, and water quality data, public use information, and inventory of storm water management activities, current and projected land use/land cover, and other material critical to understanding the current state of the river, such as its problems and opportunities for restoration.

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Management Study for the Middle 3 Subwatershed (Draft)

Barry Johnson & Christine Rohrer

Task Product Memorandum, January 1998, 59 pages, Order Number: NPS-TPM50.00 **

This report shares information on the Middle 3 Subwatershed with local officials, community groups, businesses, environmental organizations, and interested citizens. The report also includes the goals that the Stormwater Advisory Group has endorsed. A variety of information has been collected on the subwatershed including, hydrologic, biologic, water quality data, public use information, and inventory of stormwater management activities, current and project land use/land cover, and other material critical to understanding the current state of the river, such as its problem and opportunities for restoration.

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Middle 1 Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan

Rouge Program Office

Technical Report, April 2001, 239 pages, Order Number: RPO-NPS-TR32 **

The Middle One Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan is one of seven subwatershed plans developed for the Rouge River watershed under a unique state program for permitting storm water discharges. The plan was conceived as a part of the Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project (Rouge Project), funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). This plan provides a framework for the preparation of pollution prevention initiatives to meet state and federal water quality regulations. This Middle One Subwatershed Management Plan is part of a comprehensive, long term effort to protect water resources that are at risk of becoming degraded and to restore water resources that have been impaired by pollution, excessive river flows, and loss of natural features.

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Middle 3 Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan

Rouge Program Office

Technical Report, October 2001, 134 pages, Order Number: RPO-NPS-TR33 **

The Middle 3 Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan is one of seven subwatershed plans developed for the Rouge River watershed under a unique state program for permitting storm water discharges. The plan was conceived as a part of the Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project (Rouge Project), funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). This plan provides a framework for the preparation of pollution prevention initiatives to meet state and federal water quality regulations. The Middle 3 Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan is part of a comprehensive effort to restore the uses of the Rouge River impaired by pollution and excessive river flows. The plan addresses the adverse affects of pollution caused by wet weather discharges (e.g., CSOs, SSOs and storm water) as well as those associated with dry weather conditions (e.g., illicit discharges to separate storm sewers). This plan outlines the actions that the Middle 3 communities and Wayne County are planning to control and reduce the adverse impairments that have affected the uses of the river.

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Multi-Chambered Treatment Train

Barry Johnson

Supplemental Report, May 2004, 2 pages, Order Number: RPO-WMGT-SR41 *

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Pebble Creek Erosion and Sedimentation Control Study, Farmington Hills, Michigan

Project Profile, February 2000, 3 pages, Order Number: SP-10 *

This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project.

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Pilot Structural Best Management Practice Site Selection and Assessment

Richard A. Wagner, James A. Wineka , and Kelly A. Cave

Technical Memorandum, December 1994, 68 pages, Order Number: NPS-TM31.00 ***

This technical memorandum summarizes the methodology used to select and recommend nine pilot structural control BMP demonstration projects. A detailed evaluation of three categories of Rouge River Watershed structural BMP types is presented: existing detention ponds; existing detention pond retrofits; and innovative structural BMPs including swales, media filtration, oil/water separators, and multi-chamber treatment train. Typical design criteria for ponds are documented for existing detention ponds. An analysis of retrofit detention ponds has resulted in the development of several alternative methods of retrofitting. Included in this report is a preliminary assessment of hydraulic conditions at each site; highlights of implementation issues including capital, O& M costs; and evaluations of the preliminary estimate of pollutant removal efficiencies for each site.

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Plymouth Township Recreational Park Habitat and Recreation Project

Barry Johnson

Project Profile, December 2001, 2 pages, Order Number: RH-03 *

This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project. The ARC is now able to contract for services, seek new grant funds, hire staff and manage finances.

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Progress Report on Pilot Source Control Best Management Practice Project

Karen Reaume

Task Product Memorandum, January 1997, 33 pages, Order Number: NPS-TPM43.00 **

This technical report summarizes the progress made on the implementation of BMPs in the pilot source control areas. Initially, the memorandum summarized the Rouge Friendly Business and Neighborhood Programs, the program development methodology, suggested pollution control criteria and the implementation approach. The memorandum concludes by summarizing the program development for municipal BMPs, specifically roadways, parking lots and drainage systems.

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Project Evaluation of the Cedar Lake Extended Detention Pond

RazikAlsaigh, Amy Ploof, and Haza Hammad

Task Product Memorandum, January 2000, 27 pages, Order Number: RPO-NPS-TPM62.00 **

Cedar Lake is a dry detention pond located in Northville Township, Wayne County, Michigan. Dry detention ponds are widely used as a stormwater management control practice in the Rouge Watershed. Cedar Lake pond was selected for demonstration to evaluate the potential use of dry detention technology as a best management practice (BMP) option throughout the Rouge Watershed. The Cedar Lake pond was monitored for a period of one year from July 15, 1995 to July 30, 1996. The purpose of this pilot monitoring project was to assess water quality conditions of runoff flowing into Cedar Lake and to evaluate its effectiveness in improving stormwater quality and attenuating peak flow rates during wet weather conditions. This report describes and summarizes the findings of this pilot monitoring effort. A summary of operation and maintenance considerations for such detention ponds is included in this report.

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Regional Street Waste Transfer Facility

Barry Johnson

Project Profile, February 2003, 2 pages, Order Number: M3-10 *

The objective of the City of Livonia Regional Street Waste Transfer Facility was to design and construct a Regional Waste Transfer Facility and to determine the effectiveness this type of facility may have on eliminating waste material runoff from impacting ground and surface waters.

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Rouge River Watershed Management Planning: The Main 3-4 Subwatershed Plan

Kelly A. Cave, Nancy J. Andrews, and James W. Ridgway

Paper, February 2002, 27 pages, Order Number: Watershed2002-01 **

The Main 3-4 SWAG established the following long-term goals:

  • Improve water quality in the Rouge River and restore impaired uses.
  • Remove sources of pollution that threaten public health.
  • Educate the public regarding their impact on the River and the River¬ís existing and future potential as a community asset and recreational resource.
  • Improve the water quality of the river to increase recreational opportunities and remove fish consumption advisories.
  • Enhance and preserve habitat, especially next to the river, for fish and wildlife compatible with subwatershed land uses.
  • Reduce water volumes and velocities in the river during a storm event to minimize bank erosion and flooding.

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Rouge River Watershed Management Planning: The Main 3-4 Subwatershed Management Plan

Kelly A. Cave, Nancy Andrews, and James Ridgway

Paper, August 2002, 7 pages, Order Number: STORMCON2002-04 **

In 1992, the EPA provided $46 million to Wayne County, Michigan to fund the development of a watershed-wide approach to addressing the problems of an urban river. In May 2001, seven Subwatershed Management Plans were submitted to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. This paper describes the most urban of those plans: The Rouge River Main 3-4 Subwatershed Plan.

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Soil Bioengineering Techniques for the Restoration of Johnson Creek, Washtenaw County, Michigan

Project Profile, September 2000, 2 pages, Order Number: M1-05 **

The Soil Bioengineering Techniques for the restoration of Johnson Creek, a unique stream with a cold water fishery in a highly urban area, served four objectives. 1. Educate citizens within the outside of the watershed on the benefits of soil bioengineering. 2. Demonstrate the use of native plants in a residential landscape creating a riparian buffer strip. 3. Stabilize some of the banks of Johnson Creek using various bioengineering techniques, and 4. Incorporate in-stream habitat improvement to support brown trout. This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in-kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project.

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Soil Erosion Control Blanket Project

Barry Johnson

Project Profile, November 2001, 3 pages, Order Number: M1-09 *

This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project.

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Specifications and Contract Documents for I-696/Minnow Pond Drain Swale Retrofit Construction

Supplemental Report, March 1996, 210 pages, Order Number: NPS-SR06.00 **

This document is the specifications and contract documents that accompanied the plans for the construction of the Interstate 696/ Minnow Pond Drain Swale Retrofit demonstration project. This swale retrofit project is one of the pilot Best Management Practices (BMP) projects for the Wayne County Rouge Program Office (RPO). The swale was constructed within the I-696 right-of-way next to the existing storm sewer outfall that prior to construction discharged untreated highway runoff directly to the Minnow Pond Drain. The construction of the swale will provide stormwater pollutant removal through physical filtration of runoff through the grass cover, and infiltration of runoff into the underlying soil. This document contains the details, specifications, and contract documents necessary to construct the swale to perform as designed.

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Stormwater Management for the Rouge River Watershed

Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

Supplemental Report, October 2001, 4 pages, Order Number: NPS-SR13.00 **

This document outlines a strategy designed to develop a practical approach to reduce water quality impacts of storm water discharges to the Rouge River through the application of watershed-wide management approaches. A cooperative effort of the affected communities, state, and federal regulators, and other stakeholders in the watershed, under the auspices of the Rouge Project is outlined and includes, but is not limited to: implement a watershed-wide storm water monitoring program that will efficiently use limited resources to identify problem areas; fund demonstration and pilot projects in selected subwatersheds designed to evaluate the cost effectiveness of alternative approaches to remediate storm water pollution sources; and analyze current legal options for managing storm water.

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Stormwater Management in Headwaters: Identifying Sites for Conservation Easements

Barry Johnson

Project Profile, December 2001, 2 pages, Order Number: SP-12 *

This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project.

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Subwatershed Baseline Infomation: Characterization and Comparison

Michelle Van Allen, Kelly Stewart, and Jack Bails

Task Product Memorandum, November 1996, 17 pages, Order Number: NPS-TPM41.00 **

This document examines the characteristics and impairments of each of the 11 Rouge River subwatersheds. Factors were identified that will be helpful in comparing existing and potential pollution problems.

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Summary of the Subwatershed Management Plans for the Rouge River Watershed

Christine Rohrer

Technical Report, June 2002, 22 pages, Order Number: RPO-NPS-TR47 **

This document is a summary of the seven Subwatershed Management Plans that were developed as part of a comprehensive effort to restore the uses of the Rouge River impaired by pollution and excessive river flows. The purpose of these plans is to mitigate the adverse effects of pollution caused by wet weather discharges (e.g., combined sewer overflows (CSO), sanitary sewer overflows (SSO), and stormwater) as well as the effects associated with dry weather conditions (e.g., illicit discharges to separate storm sewers). The plans also outline the steps needed to control and reduce the adverse affects of excessive river flows that impair fish and wildlife values and injure riparian property. This summary will provide an overview of the information detailed in the seven Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plans developed as a requirement of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Voluntary General Storm Water Permit (MIG610000).

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The Rouge Project: Implementing a General Storm Water Permit as Part of a Watershed Approach to Wet Weather Pollution Management

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

Paper, February 1999, 15 pages, Order Number: USEPA99-01 **

This paper describes the Rouge Project efforts to build institutional and regulatory frameworks necessary to accommodate a watershed approach to wet weather pollution management. Part of this framework is a new watershed-based general permit for storm water discharges issued under the federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program. This storm water permit program was developed jointly by the Rouge communities and state and federal regulators and is based on the concept of cooperative, locally-based storm water and watershed management.

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Upper Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan

Rouge Program Office

Technical Report, November 2001, 96 pages, Order Number: RPO-NPS-TR31 **

The Upper Rouge River Subwatershed Management Plan was developed through the cooperative efforts of eight cities and townships, two counties, and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) with the advice and counsel of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and the Rouge River Remedial Action Plan Advisory Council (RRAC). It is one of seven subwatershed plans developed for the Rouge River watershed under a unique state program for permitting storm water discharges. The plan was conceived as a part of the Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project (Rouge Project), funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). This plan provides a framework for the preparation of pollution prevention initiatives to meet state and federal water quality regulations. More importantly, the plan identifies current river conditions and proposes goals, actions, and progress measures to protect and restore the beneficial uses of the river for the residents of the subwatershed.

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Water Conservation and Storm Water Management Study

Fayek Zabaneh

Technical Report, December 1994, 43 pages, Order Number: CSO-TR06.00 ***

This report examines different water conservation and storm water management measures that may be implemented in the Rouge River Watershed communities for CSO abatement. Previous studies on water conservation were reviewed and their results documented. Water conservation benefits were investigated for the City of Inkster. Results from the City of Inkster and from previous water conservation studies were used to define the overall benefits that may be obtained from implementing water conservation in the entire Rouge River Watershed. The study determined that water conservation would have little impact on the sizing of CSO detention basins and a small beneficial impact on CSO discharge volumes. If water conservation is implemented watershed-wide, it is estimated that dry weather flows to the Detroit wastewater treatment facility might be reduced by as much as 41 million gallons per day. Storm water management measures and pollution control best management practices (BMPs) are explained in detail. Feasibility of these storm water management measures was found to be dependent upon their workability in the combined sewer communities, their costs, and their direct impact on reducing wet weather flows in combined sewer systems. Communities should evaluate these measures and investigate those which are cost effective to be implemented. Potential benefits are: (1) reduction of storm water runoff entering the combined sewer system, thus reducing CSO volumes and design influent rates into CSO detention basins, and (2) improvement of water quality in CSO discharges.

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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 and C-264000-01.