Category: Great Lakes

November 26, 2018November 26, 2018
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Museum Stormwater Initiative Launch

On November 14, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American history and Michigan Science Center launched the Ripple of Impact: Museum Stormwater Initiative. Guided by research showing that museums are trusted spaces for learning and conversation, the event brought together diverse perspectives on water access and stewardship in Detroit. The Museum Stormwater Initiative centers...

September 14, 2018September 14, 2018
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New Report Summarizes State-Run Voluntary Agricultural Stewardship Programs

Toxic green slime is growing in lakes all over the country, including Lake Erie. It prevents us from recreational activities like swimming and fishing, and in some cases, contaminates our drinking water supply. Polluted runoff from agricultural fields and urban areas fuels the growth of these harmful algal blooms. Our foundation has supported over $14 million...

February 28, 2018March 5, 2018
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DPTV Secret Gardens

Detroit’s innovative bioretention gardens were featured in “Secret Gardens,” produced by Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Bureau and aired February 28, 2018 through the PBS Sci Tech Now program. A 2015 Erb grant helped create The Great Lakes Bureau to create, curate and distribute timely, topical stories about the Great Lakes ecology, economy and cultural history, building...

Lake Erie Algae
September 18, 2017September 19, 2017
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Lake Erie Algae

This image was taken on a recent boat tour where the Foundation joined farmers and public officials to see Lake Erie’s infamous algae bloom up close and better understand what causes it. Toxic algae continues to harm Lake Erie, impeding fishing, diminishing property values, and threatening Lake Erie’s multi-billion dollar tourism industries. Water treatment plants are...

September 14, 2017September 14, 2017
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Welcome to Detroit: Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Video by Cass Corridor Films. This video served as the opener for the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference, held in Detroit from May 31 – June 2, 2017. Commissioned in partnership by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, it highlights and celebrates the collaborative...

September 9, 2017September 19, 2017
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Another Rain Garden To The Rescue!

Foundation staff joined more than 20 volunteers to plant a rain garden at the Urban Country Tea House in Detroit’s Brightmoor neighborhood on September 9. A joint program of the Sierra Club, Friends of The Rouge and Keep Growing Detroit, Rain Gardens To The Rescue helps Detroiters design, plant and maintain rain gardens to manage...

September 8, 2017September 19, 2017
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Two Foundation Videos Nominated for Award

A video that the Foundation co-commissioned with DWSD as an opener for the May 31, 2017 Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Green Infrastructure Conference held in Detroit has been selected as one of 10 semi-finalists for the 2017 Water Environment Federation StormTV awards. The Foundation’s Rain Gardens To The Rescue video also was selected. The videos will be shown at the WEF Stormwater...

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...