DETROIT – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces a recent contract award to restore and stabilize the Clinton River in Shelby Township, Mich.
This restoration project, awarded to RBV Contracting, Detroit, Mich., for almost $1.8 million, is funded through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, GLRI, managed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, EPA. The purpose of the Clinton River project in Shelby Township is to reduce bank erosion which is impacting stream habitat and to stabilize the eroding bank.
“This is one of several Clinton River Area of Concern projects with the ultimate goal to restore natural environmental functions within the Clinton River watershed,” said Lt. Col. Dennis Sugrue, district engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District.
This environmental restoration project consists of two habitat restoration projects in Shelby Township in Macomb County, Mich., referred to as the Shelby Picnic Restoration Site and Shelby Frisbee Restoration Site, located within River Bends Park.
Various areas along this Clinton River, Shelby Township project will involve burying root wads into the bank for stabilization and directing water away from the shoreline. At the Shelby Frisbee Restoration site, a single channel will be established and stabilized through the construction of an engineered log jam and redistributing sediment. A vegetation buffer will be established at both sites to reduce sediment runoff; there will be: clearing and grubbing at the site, pulling back the bank and re-grading it to reduce the steepness of the slope, adding toe stone, where necessary, for long-term bank stabilization and protection, placing soil cover, and planting seed and native plants to further protect the area from erosion during runoff events with construction scheduled to be completed by November 2019.
The Clinton River starts in Oakland County, Michigan and flows east about 60 miles and the Clinton River mouth empties into Anchor Bay in the northwest part of Lake St. Clair.