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Bell Creek Park Wetlands Restoration

Bell Creek Park is routinely mowed and used for active recreation but it is low lying and routinely floods. The project plan proposes to create wet meadow habitat and enhance existing forested riparian habitat by controlling invasive species and planting native seed, shrub, and tree species, increasing plant diversity and creating or restoring 9 acres of habitat area.


Funding and Parnters

This project was funded by the U. S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office through an approximately $4M Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant received by the Alliance of Rouge Communities for five projects (Lola Valley, Bell Creek, Riverview Park, Sherwood Park and Lower Rouge) Grant #GL-00E02896. The design was completed under an approximately $770,000 GLRI grant to Wayne County in 2019 (Grant # GL-00E02432) Partners in this project include the U.S. EPA, GLRI, ARC, and Wayne County Parks

Where and When

Bell Creek is located in Redford Township, Michigan and is a tributary of the Upper Branch of the Rouge River. Project design began in 2019 with construction starting in the summer of 2022 and is anticipated to be completed in the fall of 2022. Maintenance of the vegetation that will be planted as part of the restoration will be don in 2023-2024.

Anticipated Outcomes

Create wet meadow habitat Enhance existing forested riparian habitat by controlling invasive species and planting native seed, shrub, and tree species, increasing plant diversity Create or restore 9 acres of habitat area

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Photo Gallery of Restoration Activities


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