As water quality in the Rouge River continues to improve, this project will build on past efforts to restore some of the damage done during the last century. Tributaries of the Rouge River have suffered from loss and impairment of aquatic habitat and increased frequency and magnitude of flood flows, primarily due to increasing urbanization within the watershed. The flat river slope and the meandering channel cannot pass the large flows associated with rain events. Upstream urbanization continues to exacerbate this problem as runoff from increased amounts of impervious surfaces culminates in flooding within the river system, bank erosion, and continued habitat degradation.
Most of Inkster Park is routinely mowed and used for active recreation but is low and routinely floods. The project plan proposes to create 2-acres wetland/wet meadow area. The emergent wetland will contain a diversity of water depths and wetland plants, providing habitat for birds, amphibians, reptiles, and insects. The project will convert 2 acres of maintained lawn to habitat by planting native trees and shrubs and seeded with an understory seed mix. It will also stabilize a bank section of the river that runs through the intended habitat area to prevent loss of habitat and erosion to the river.
Funding and ParntersThis project was funded by the U. S. EPA Great Lakes National Program Office as part of an approximately $785,100 Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant to the Alliance of Rouge Communities for design at Wilcox Lake, Phoenix Lake and Inkster Park in 2021 (Grant # GL-00E02997-1) Partners in this project include the U.S. EPA, GLRI, ARC, and Wayne County Parks
Where and WhenInkster Park is located in the City of Inkster, Michigan and is a tributary of the Lower Branch of the Rouge River. Project design began in 2021.
Anticipated OutcomesImproved water quality Increased wetland habitat Improved floodwater storage Increased plant diversity More diverse riparian habitat
Conditions Before Restoration