Green Stormwater Infrastructure News and Events

This page is a collection of news and events that promote Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) activities throughout Detroit.

The inclusion of any news or events below is not an endorsement by DWSD or the City of Detroit. 

$40M Detroit Water and Sewerage Department project to increase capacity in the local and regional sewer system

$40M Detroit Water and Sewerage Department project to increase capacity in the local and regional sewer system

Project to keep about 100 million gallons of stormwater annually out of the combined sewer system on the city’s westside, reducing basement backups. Two new detention basins and green paths inside Rouge Park. Lead service line replacement and downspout disconnection included as part of the project
Organization
  • DWSD
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https://detroitmi.gov/news/40m-detroit-water-and-sewerage-department-project-in…

Detroit breaks ground on $40 million Rouge Park stormwater project

Detroit breaks ground on $40 million Rouge Park stormwater project

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department broke ground on the construction of a $40 million project to redirect rainwater and snowmelt from a far-westside neighborhood. At Rouge Park, two new detention basins will be implemented to filter stormwater and discharge it into the Rouge River. The project will divert millions of gallons of stormwater runoff and snowmelt annually, redirecting will allow Detroit to be a more climate-resilient city.
Organization
  • DWSD
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https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2022/07/28/detroit-br…

Project Overview: Far West Detroit Stormwater Improvement Project

Project Overview: Far West Detroit Stormwater Improvement Project

DWSD will be making a significant investment in the Far West Detroit neighborhood to remove rain and snow melt from the combined system and reduce CSO discharge. This will entail a multi-year construction project, which will be implemented in phases for minimal disruption to the neighborhood. Construction began in May 2022.
Organization
  • DWSD
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https://detroitmi.gov/departments/water-and-sewerage-department/dwsd-projects/f…

Volunteer Restoration Opportunities

Volunteer Restoration Opportunities

This year, take part in any number of meaningful restoration activities to help rescue your Rouge River. There is something for everyone! No experience needed. Work side-by-side with expert staff on exciting, hands-on projects. We supply the tools, the know-how, and a fun experience—you make a big difference! Events held October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, November 2 and 3.
Organization
  • Friends of the Rouge
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https://therouge.org/restoration-projects/

Watch the 2022 Green Your Neighborhood Virtual Community Forum

Watch the 2022 Green Your Neighborhood Virtual Community Forum

The 2022 Forum features a conversation on biodiversity, environmental justice, and design. Michigan Mellon Design Fellow Torri Smith presents Equitable Landscapes which explores ways to address systemic and structural racism through natural design.
Organization
  • Friends of the Rouge
Published date
https://youtu.be/iZTiMEGBshs

Detroit Green Task Force

Detroit Green Task Force

The Green Task Force advises Detroit City Council on sustainable principles and practices to better serve the City of Detroit. Community and committee meetings are held on 4th Mondays, 2nd and 3rd Tuesdays, 4th Wednesdays, 1st, 2nd and 3rd Thursdays.
Organization
  • City of Detroit
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https://www.detroitgreentaskforce.org/

Detroit News: Rouge Park stormwater retention project work continues in Detroit

Detroit News: Rouge Park stormwater retention project work continues in Detroit

Work continues on the Rouge Park stormwater retention project in Detroit. The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department is constructing a $40 million project to redirect rainwater and snowmelt from a far-westside neighborhood. Two new detention basins will be implemented to filter stormwater and discharge it into the Rouge River. The project will divert millions of gallons of stormwater runoff and snowmelt annually, redirecting will allow Detroit to be a more climate-resilient city. The project, including water mains and lead service-line replacements, is expected to be completed in 2027.
Organization
  • DWSD
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Rouge Park stormwater retention project work continues in Detroit

Oudolf Garden Detroit

Oudolf Garden Detroit

Oudolf Garden Detroit and its 501(c)(3) organization Friends of Oudolf Garden is a volunteer-led effort dedicated to placing and maintaining a Piet Oudolf-designed garden on Belle Isle in Detroit. Piet Oudolf is the internationally renowned Dutch garden designer and horticulturist who created the planting designs for the High Line in New York City and the Lurie Garden in Chicago. His public gardens transform people and places.
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Oudolf Garden Detroit

Planet Detroit: Sacred Heart Catholic Church congregation celebrates green stormwater project

Planet Detroit: Sacred Heart Catholic Church congregation celebrates green stormwater project

This rain garden was a collaborative effort between Sacred Heart Church, the City of Detroit, and The Nature Conservancy, which coordinated the project with grant funding from the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. According to Patrick Doran, TNC’s associate state director for Michigan, the project aimed to address two issues; flooding and the drainage charge. The pilot project at Sacred Heart Church is one of the largest faith-based, green stormwater infrastructure projects in the city of Detroit.
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Sacred Heart Catholic Church congregation celebrates green stormwater project