An important component of the Rouge
Project is identification, protection and restoration of wetland
habitat in the Rouge River watershed. Although the watershed is
characterized as an urban area, there are still important remnant
wetlands in the riparian corridor and the less developed portions
of the watershed.
The Rouge Project performed a review of existing information on
site specific wetland ecology, wetland ecosystem processes, and
the use of specific wetland sites for the control of storm water.
The wetland program utilizes existing, enhanced, and created wetlands
to demonstrate the value and effectiveness of wetlands in retaining
and treating storm water runoff. This evaluation identifies pollutants
removed by the demonstration wetlands, the efficiency of the removal
processes and the effects of sediments on this removal efficiency.
The contributing storm sewer area for each study area has been defined
and modeled so that the effect of a given wetland area on water
quality and quantity can be determined.
The Wetland Preservation Fund (WPF) was established by Wayne County
to restore, create, and protect wetlands in the watershed at locations
that provide benefits to the public through improved environmental
quality. The WPF has been organized to allow the fund to be renewed
from a variety of funding sources. Wetlands that are created in
the watershed may be sold to qualified buyers for use as mitigation
credits Funding to maintain the WPF may also be derived through
acquiring grants, gifts, and other sources of funding. All funds
acquired on behalf of the WPF are restricted and can be used only
for the planning, design, and construction of wetlands or for the
purchase of land required for protecting existing wetland resources.
The wetland program is an integral part of the Rouge River restoration.