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The CRWC works closely with many partners across the watershed to protect, enhance and celebrate the Clinton River, its watershed and Lake St. Clair. Quality habitat and water are crucial to a healthy river ecosystem. Below are details on recently completed projects that aim to restore and enhance the natural ecosystems of the Clinton River watershed.             


Public Advisory Council (PAC) Projects



clinton river corridor

Cost: $4.5 Million

Fiduciary: City of Utica & City of Sterling Heights

Date Completed: Spring 2019

  • 25 log jams containing approximately 385,000 cubic feet of debris were removed
  • 24 log vanes installed as streambank protection and habitat
  • Stabalized 7,600 feet of eroding riverbanks
  • The 9 mile stretch of the Clinton River through Sterling Heights and Utica is now navigable for the first time since the 1970s


Photo Credit: HRC




Cost: $3.9 Million

Fiduciary: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Date Completed: Spring 2019

  • 11 acres of wetland habitat
  • 4 acres of sedge meadow and mesic habitat
  • 11 large woody debris habitat structures


Photo: Cardno 




Cost: $4 Million

Fiduciary: Macomb County Public Works

Date Completed: Spring 2019

  • 5 newly created off-channel habitats
  • Fishing pier recreational access
  • 106 acres of restoration & invasive species control


Photo Credit: HRC



partridge creek

Cost: $2.3 Million

Fiduciary: Macomb County Public Works

Date Completed: Spring 2019

  • 52 acres of habitat, river and wetland restoration




mcbride drain

Cost: $2.5 Million

Fiduciary: Macomb County Public Works

Date Completed: Spring 2019

  • Approx. 4 miles of habitat restoration
  • 10 acres of re-vegitation and invasive species control
  • Fish habitat creation


Photo Credit: HRC



sylvan glen

Cost: $850,000

Fiduciary: City of Troy

Date Completed: 2016

  • Removal of two stream crossings restoring connectivity to adjacent wetlands and flood plains, native vegitations
  • Restoration of natural channel meadners and riffle pool typography


Photo: HRC




Cost: $1.6 Million

Fiduciary: City of Troy

Date Completed: Date??

  • Removal of Aquatic Center Pond Dam
  • Restored connectivity to headwater streams
  • 3 acres of riparian native vegetation
  • Restored 1,400 acres of stream channel and reconnected 1.7 miles of stream




Cost: Approx. $3 Million

Fiduciary: U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Oakland University

Date Completed: Summer/Fall 2019

  • Restored 4,000 ft of channel to stable meandering creek
  • 2,710 ft of toewood
  • 1,053 ft of log riffles


Photo Credit: Stantec



sterling relief project

Cost: $1.85 million, $1.25 million in PAC funding

Fiduciary: Macomb County Public Works

  • Drain daylighting along approx. 2.5 miles of open native vegetated corridor
  • 156.5 million gallons/year stormwater runoff capture and infiltrated
  • 17.77 million gallons of stormwater capacity added
  • 3,488 lbs of Nitrogen avoided annually
  • 616 lbs of Phosphorus avoided annually
  • 233,317 lbs of sediment avoided annually



other restoration projects

2017 healing our waters grant, Freshwater Future

Plumbrook Drain Habitat Assesement

Plumbrook Drain is located within the Red Run subwatershed and has been identified as one of the highest restoration potentials in the Red Run by the Public Adisory Council (PAC) and supporting agencies. To support PAC and community efforts, in 2019 the CRWC recieved funding to collect baseline water quality habitat data for Plumbrook Drian. 

The findings from this project can be seen in the final report (PDF)

2016 healing our waters grant, Freshwater Future

Gallagher Creek Habitat Assesement

Gallagher Creek is located in Oakland Township and is a tributary to Paint Creek. Until recent years, Gallagher Creek has been suppporting populations of native Brook trout. In 2014, fish surveys did not find any of these important fish in the creek. In efforts with the MDNR and local stakeholders, the CRWC received funding in 2016 to collect baseline water quality and habitat data to assis with project development and design.

The findings from this project can be seen in the final report (PDF)

Macros found at Gallagher Creek





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