The early focus of the Rouge Project
was on the control of CSOs in the older urban core portion of the
downstream areas of the Rouge Watershed. As a finite number of point
source CSO discharges could be identified and responsibility for
each defined, the traditional regulatory approach of issuing NPDES
permits mandating corrective action worked relatively well. However,
additional monitoring of the river showed that the other sources
of pollution such as storm water runoff, discharges from illicit
connections, and discharges from failed on-site septic systems,
needed to be controlled before full restoration of the river would
be achieved throughout the watershed.
Based upon what was learned, the focus of the Rouge Project became
more holistic to consider the impacts from all sources of pollution
and other use impairments in receiving waters by using the watershed
management approach. A more holistic approach that considers the
impacts from all sources of pollution was needed to restore the
river. The use of the watershed approach therefore has emerged as
the most cost-effective and logical approach to water resource management
in the Rouge Watershed and elsewhere.
It was this watershed approach that led to the funding and implementation
various watershed management and restoration techniques.
The purpose of these descriptions is to provide a general idea
of the activities underway. Changes may occur in projects as they
progress; however, you can contact the agency contact person for
additional, up-to-date information.
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Other Sources of Grant Funding: Federal
Funding Sources for Watershed Protection