Rouge River Advisory Council (RRAC)

ARC logoAbout the RRAC

The Rouge River Advisory Council (RRAC), formerly the Rouge River Remedial Action Plan (RAP) Advisory Council, was founded in 1993 to advise the Rouge River Remedial Action Plan Team on RAP issues. Work on “The Rouge River Strategy” was started in October 1985. It later became the Rouge River RAP, and was completed and adopted by stakeholders in 1989. The RAP described actions needed to clean up and preserve the Rouge River, and set out a 20-year plan to accomplish these goals. Michigan’s RAP process required that the RAP be updated every two years. A technical group known as the “RAP Team” was formed in 1993 to revise the RAP (1992 RAP Progress Report, 1994 RAP Update, 1998 RAP Progress Report, 2004 RAP Revision).

In 2008, the RRAC developed the Delisting Targets for Fish and Wildlife Habitat & Population Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs) for the Rouge River Area of Concern (AOC). The RRAC continued to support and advocate for activities in the Rouge AOC that would benefit the large population within its boundaries and has been a visible member at the annual AOC and Statewide Public Advisory Council (SPAC) meetings, sharing its lessons learned and is a cooperating partner in the Alliance of Rouge Communities (ARC). 

In 2016 the RRAC focused time and effort on developing the final management action Rouge AOC Habitat Project list for the removal of the Habitat BUIs.  In 2018 the list was approved by both the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) as the remaining projects needed to be completed in order to remove the Habitat BUIs and move the Rouge River towards delisting. 

RRAC is responsible for advising EGLE on the update and implementation of the Rouge RAP and over the years have formed a number of subcommittees to deal with more specific issues such as habitat destruction, nonpoint source pollution (such as stormwater runoff), on-site sewage disposal, public education, contaminated sites, and headwater land use. They also act as liaison with the public at large and with interest groups to ensure that there is adequate public participation in the RAP process.


The mission of the RRAC is to assist in the attainment of the goals of the RAP by enhancing public awareness and education concerning RAP issues, providing a mechanism for the participation of all interested parties, seeking broad-based support for the RAP update, assisting in implementation of the Rouge RAP, and independently evaluating progress toward the goal of restoring designated uses and delisting the Rouge River watershed as an Area of Concern (AOC).

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Rouge AOC Habitat Project list

The Alliance of Rouge Communities and the RRAC, along with USEPA, EGLE, Michigan Deparment of Natural Resources (MDNR), and our local members developed a formal list of specific projects that needed to be completed in the watershed in order to remove the Fish and Wildlife Habitat Beneficial Use Impairment (BUIs) to begin moving towards delisting the Rouge River as an Area of Concern (AOC). This work resulted in the development of a Rouge AOC habitat list that was approved by EGLE and EPA in 2018. The ARC, with RRAC support, has been actively applying for funding to implement many of the projects on the list. Several of them have received funding and are in process or complete. These projects are highlighted below along with other projects that the RRAC has supported in the Rouge River Watershed.

Seeley Creek Habitat Restoration

View project info (Funded by a USEPA GLRI Grant GL-00E02700)

Rouge AOC Habitat Restoration Design & Implementation Tamarack Creek/Johnson Creek Fish Hatchery

View project info for Tamarack Creek Restoration (Funded by a USEPA GLRI Grant GL-00E02344-2 & GL-00E02478) View project info for Johnson Creek Fish Hatchery (Funded by a USEPA GLRI Grant GL-00E02344-2 & GL-00E02478)

Henry Ford Estate Fishway

View project info (Funded by a USEPA GLRI Grant GL-00E02040-1)

Rouge River AOC Habitat Colonial & Venoy Restoration

View project info (Funded by a USEPA GLRI Grant GL-00E02830-0)

Rouge River AOC Habitat Restoration Design & Implementation Wayne County Parkland

View project info (Funded by a USEPA GLRI/Michigan EGLE GL-00E02432-0 & GL-00E02896-0)

Rouge River AOC Habitat Restoration at LTU Wetland

Info coming soon (Funded by a USEPA GLRI Grant GL-00E02976-0)

Rouge River AOC Habitat Restoration Design Wilcox/Phoenix/Inkster

Info coming soon (Funded by a USEPA GLRI Grant GL-00E02997-0)

Lower Rouge Old Channel

View project info (Funded by GLRI Economy Act Agreement with EPA)

Status of Rouge Projects that Still Require Funding

RRAC, with assistance from the ARC, continues to look for funding under an Area of Concern Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant through EGLE to complete or start the rest of the projects listed below from the Rouge AOC Habitat List .

PROJECT TITLE
BRIEF DESCRIPTION
SCALE OF PROJECT
PHASE OF WORK REMAINING FOR FUNDING
WHAT THE PROJECT WILL ADDRESS
Lake Restoration
4 acres of lake habitat retoration and 5 acres of invasive species control
Implementation

Design grant received
Restoration of the aquatic benthic substrates, submerged nd emergent aquatic vegetation, and riparian corridor would provide spawning substrate, attachment points, and cover for fishes, aquatic insects, crustaceans, and other aquatic fauna.
Lake Restoration
2 acres of lake habitat restoration (to include approximately 20,000 cyds of sediment removed) and 2.5 acres of invasive species control
Implementation

Design grant received
Removal of sediments, inclusion of aquatic substrates, submerged and emergent aquatic vegetation woody debris, invasive species management, riparian habitat and the re-shaping of the reservoir basin morphology to create more open water area, shallow water habitats, and over-wintering deep water habitat. This will improve fish spawning, nursery, and cover habitat and waterfowl habitat.
Streambank Stabilization & Riparian Wetland Creation
5 acres of habitat created or restored (wet meadow and reforestation) and 250 lft of streambank stabilized
Implementation

Design grant received
Wetland restoration, riparian forest creation will reduce sediment loading and river flashiness tht degrade fish habitat in the system. Fish habvitat structures will be incorporated into the streambank stabilization. Emergent riparian wetland creation for pollinators and amphibians by the increased habitat diversity and cover.
Stream Corridor Wetland
1 acre wetland created, 20 habitat structures
Implementation

Design grant received
Construct wetland/enhance riparian area to improve water and habitat quality of creek that degrade fish habitat in the system by diverting flow to wetlands from rainfalls while sustaining a permanent pool of water during low flow periods.
Stream Restoration
1,500 lft Stream Restoration, 5 acres Invasive Species Control, 4 acres riparian habitat restored
Design & Implementation
Invasive shrub species will be controlled, and areas restored with native species along the stream. riffles and meanders will be constructed along the trapezoidal drain. Restoration efforts will focus on restoring herbaceous under‐story vegetation and bedform diversity to dissipate energy and increase aquatic habitat.
Stream Restoration
3 miles restored channel, 6 acres riparian restoration
Implementation

Design grant received
Banks will be stabilized using native trees, shrubs, and grasses to provide vertical diversity and shade, a coarser substrate, a low flow channel, bedform diversity, floodplain connectivity, moderate sinuosity and roughness will improve pool depths, energy dissipation, will optimize fish habitat while reducing long‐term maintenance.
Patton Park Wetland Restoration
Lake/Wetland Creation
9 acres habitat restoration
Design & Implementation
Create a pond/wetland system to capture and treat stormwater runoff and provide aquatic habitats. This will result in improved habitat conditions for native herpetofauna, aquatic macroinvertebrates, and pollinators and improved water quality/habitat in Baby Creek by reduced damaging stormwater flows and reduced volume of partially treated CSOs.
Perrin Park Wetlands & Reforestation
Riparian Wetland Creation Reforestation
3.5 acres wetland creation, 2 acres riparian reforestation
Design & Implementation
Create wetlands in riparian floodplain lawn area. Will reduce sediment loading and river flashiness that degrade fish habitat in the system.
Wallaceville Wet Wetland
Riparian Wetland Creation
3.5 acres wetland creation, 2 acres riparian reforestation
Design & Implementation
Create wetlands in riparian floodplain lawn area. Will reduce sediment loading and river flashiness that degrade fish habitat in the system.
Merriman Hollow Wetland & Grow Zone
Riparian Wetland Creation
0.6 Wetland creation, 0.25 native grow zone
Design & Implementation
Create wetlands in riparian floodplain lawn area. Create a travel corridor for mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians. Will reduce sediment loading and river flashiness that degrade fish habitat in the system.
Grow Zones
Green Infrastructure & Flow Control
Grow Zone GI sites
Design & Implementation
Reduce soil erosion and loading of sediments, nutrients and other pollutants: 89,000 lbs of sediment; 35 lbs of phosphorus and 130 lbs of nitrates per year and river flashiness that degrade fish and aquatic habitat in the system.
Fordson Island & Upland Habitat Restoration (Phase 1)
Riparian Upland Restoration
10.18 acres upland habitat
Design & Implementation
Improvements such as turtle nesting mounds and basking logs, snake hibernacula and bird/bat nest boxes; invasive species removal, native tree plantings and prairie development will provide the necessary wildlife riparian corridor.
Fordson Island & Upland Habitat Restoration (Phase 2)
Riparian Wetland Creation & Upland Restoration
1‐acre wetland creation, 10,000 cyd of sediment, shoreline stabilization, 17 acres riparian upland restoration, 7,500 sq. ft impervious removal.
Implementation
Improvements such as turtle nesting mounds and basking logs, snake hibernacula and bird/bat nest boxes; invasive species removal, native tree plantings and prairie development will provide the necessary wildlife riparian corridor and bank stabilization and improve fish habitat.
Concrete Channel
River Restoration
not determined yet
Design & Implementation
Habitat improvements along the concrete portion of the Rouge River.


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