Author: Denise Temple (Denise Temple)

Growing Sustainable Water Solutions: Rain Gardens to the Rescue
February 15, 2017March 28, 2017
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Growing Sustainable Water Solutions: Rain Gardens to the Rescue

Video by Sam Wolson Photography + Media. This collaboration of Keep Growing Detroit, Sierra Club and Friends of The Rouge educates and enables residents to build rain gardens, water catchment systems and healthy soils to help manage stormwater and conserve water. In the first two years of this three-year program, residents have planted 28 rain gardens...

UM Water Center – Cody Rouge Bioretention Gardens
February 15, 2017March 28, 2017
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UM Water Center – Cody Rouge Bioretention Gardens

Video by University of Michigan News. A University of Michigan Water Center research team collaborated with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD), the Detroit Land Bank Authority (DLBA), and Cody Rouge and Warrendale neighborhood organizations to create an innovative form of green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) for vacant properties in Detroit. Highly engineered bioretention gardens featuring...

Southwest Solutions: Detroit Farm and Garden
February 15, 2017March 27, 2017
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Southwest Solutions: Detroit Farm and Garden

The Southwest Solutions/Detroit Farm & Garden project demonstrates how an old vacant building can be re-purposed to include a sustainable (triple bottom line) business, with a special focus on cost-effective storm water mitigation techniques including a green roof and green parking lot. Ideally, these techniques will eventually qualify for a potential green credit program being...

RecoveryPark Farms
February 15, 2017March 28, 2017
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RecoveryPark Farms

Video by Sam Wolson Photography + Media. The Foundation is supporting RecoveryPark to demonstrate how the city’s first large-scale commercial farming operation can model ecological stewardship and ecological restoration as well as socially equitable and economically beneficial employment practices. The project complements another Erb grant – the Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Project –...

Sierra Club – Great Lakes Program
February 15, 2017February 21, 2017
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Sierra Club – Great Lakes Program

Thanks to the Sierra Club, residents throughout the city of Detroit are beginning to embrace green infrastructure. For example, members of the Stahelin Street Tigers Block Club have installed seven rain gardens and rain barrels. Wayne State University has donated flow meters to measure the amount of water diverted from the sewer system, but residents...

Wayne State University – RiverWalkers Progam
February 15, 2017March 29, 2017
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Wayne State University – RiverWalkers Progam

Urban waterways like the Detroit River contain legacy toxins that are stored in the fat of fish feeding there years after the polluting source has been eliminated. Fish consumption advisories have proven largely ineffective with low-income people of color who are more likely to fish for consumption than for sport. Specially trained “river walkers,” anglers...