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Community Based Projects


In addition to the Geographic Information System (GIS) tools that have been developed for use by the Rouge Project, many communities are also using GIS for managing stormwater related information.  GIS is a tool that can integrate land use, aerial photography, manhole locations, and other information that can be related to a physical location.  Here is how communities in the Rouge River watershed make use of GIS data;

  • developing and updating maps of the storm sewer system, drains and outfalls to the Rouge River
  • monitoring for illicit discharges
  • maintenance needs
  • monitoring the overall condition of the storm sewer network
  • locating functioning and failed septic systems
  • locating storm sewers, sanitary sewers, manholes, catchbasins
  • incorporating aerial photography, land use, parcel boundaries and utility data in the information system
  • integrating existing data and wetland classification data for program development
  • investigating relationships between existing water quality and land use
  • relating data to soil erosion and sedimentation control
  • monitoring compliance with the general storm water permit issued to a community
  • training staff
  • developing maps, charts and color illustrations for environmental education programs
  • tracking sample results of surface water sites and storm water flow control systems

Several communities have used Rouge Project grants to implement and/or improve their GIS.  Clicking on a heading listed below will open a page that gives the description and demonstration aspects of the project.

Geographic Information Systems

To view another category of community based projects, click here.

The purpose of these descriptions is to provide a general idea of the community based projects. Changes may occur in projects as they progress; however, you can contact the agency contact person for additional, up-to-date information.

To learn more about the Community Grants Program click here.

Other Sources of Grant Funding: Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection


Last Updated: 10/27/01

Please address all comments and suggestions about the contents of this Web page to rougeweb@co.wayne.mi.us.

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