Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Project – Near East Side deploys green infrastructure to manage and retain stormwater in areas outlined by the Lower East Side Action Plan (LEAP) and RecoveryPark. The projects are located within the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s East Jefferson district that experiences combined sewer overflows to the Detroit River. In the LEAP area, The Greening of Detroit deploys green infrastructure in coordination with the community, building off of pilot efforts in the Cody Rouge neighborhood. In the RecoveryPark area, the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) contracts for implementation of various techniques for managing runoff, including bioswales, bioretention, and other green infrastructure techniques. As part of the first phase of RecoveryPark, excess runoff is collected and transferred to storage facilities for use as irrigation in urban agriculture. Lawrence Technological University monitors the impact of these green infrastructure treatments on stormwater runoff to the combined sewer system.

Initiative lead: Chris Dorle

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