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The Rouge River Project

The Rouge Project was initiated in 1992 by the Department of the  Environment, Wayne County, Michigan. The Rouge Project is a USEPA  granted funded program designed to restore the water quality of the  Rouge River, a tributary of the Detroit River in Southeast Michigan.  The Rouge Project is designed to identify the most efficient and cost  effective controls of wet weather pollution, while assuring maximum  use of the resource. Sources of pollution to the river include  industrial and municipal point sources, combined sewer overflows,  storm water runoff, interflow from abandoned dumps, discharges from  illcit connections, discharge from failed on-site septic systems, and  resuspension of contaminated sediment. Innovative storm water control  technologies are also being evaluated under the Rouge Project. A total  of 6  pilot storm water management projects are being implemented  throughout the watershed by 25 different communities and agencies.  Categories of pilot storm water management projects currently underway  include wetlands creation and restoration, structural practices such  as grassed swales and detention ponds, illicit discharge elimination,  erosion controls, stream bank stabilization and habitat restoration to  name a few. Innovative, readily transferable tools have been developed  and are being employed by the project. These tools include a suite of  computer models to simulate the water quality and quantity response of  the Rouge River during wet weather events for existing and future  conditions under various CSO and storm water runoff management  alternatives; a comprehensive geographic information system (GIS); a  relational database designed and implemented to manage the wealth of  data collected under the Project (DataView and Rouge Information  Manager); and the use of a holistic watershed approach. These tools  are being shared with other cities and state agencies.    (pollution); (microbial source tracking); (bacterial source tracking);  (BST); (MST); (source tracking); (point source pollution); (non-point  source pollution); (non-point source pollution); (storm water runoff);  (restoration); (Rouge River); (area of concern); (AOC); (Michigan);  (combined sewer overflows); (combined sewer overflow); (CSO); (CSOs);   (illicit connections); (failing septic systems); (septic system);  (septic systems)

Status
In progress
Type
Project
Start Date
End Date
Scope of Study
Field Investigation
Laboratory Investigation
Scale of Phenomena
Landscape
Lake Basin Connecting Channels
Detroit River
State Province
Michigan
Resource Being Monitored
Emission / Release / Discharge / Waste Management
Habitat
Human Health
Program Drivers
Remedial Actions Plan (RAP)
Annex Numbers
Contaminated Sediment
Pollution from Contaminated Groundwater
Pollution from Non-Point Sources
Research & Development
Annex 17
Control technologies for treatment of municipal and industrial effluents/emissions
Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants
General
Monitoring
Annex
  • Annex Numbers
    Annex Numbers
    Contaminated Sediment
    Pollution from Contaminated Groundwater
    Pollution from Non-Point Sources
    Research & Development
  • Annex 17
    Annex 17
    Control technologies for treatment of municipal and industrial effluents/emissions
    Physical and transformational processes affecting delivery of pollutants

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