Tag: Green Stormwater Infrastructure

February 15, 2019December 21, 2021

Land + Water WORKS

Janlynn Miller, a long-time resident on Detroit’s east side, is a natural educator who understands the importance of peer learning. Janlynn is one of 40 ambassadors trained through the Land + Water WORKS Coalition to teach their neighbors about GSI and help them install rain gardens and rain barrels. The ambassadors receive a performance-based stipend,...

November 26, 2018December 21, 2021

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...

February 28, 2018December 21, 2021

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...

February 15, 2018December 21, 2021

Water Catchment Systems in Detroit’s Urban Agriculture Community

Farmers and gardeners across Detroit implemented innovative rainwater harvesting systems, learning solutions that would conserve both water and money. The integration of water stewardship into urban agriculture is one example of the many ways that grassroots communities are informing the sustainability movement. Video credit: Cass Corridor Films.

January 17, 2018December 21, 2021

Bug hunts and water quality

Certain bugs (stoneflies and other benthic-macroinvertebrates) and other wildlife indicate the health of our rivers. Identifying these insects is a perfect job for volunteers; it’s fun and builds environmental stewardship, while providing a cost-effective data set. Annual bug hunts and frog and toad surveys organized by watershed organizations engage more than 600 volunteers each year. Some...

October 9, 2017December 21, 2021

Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Detroit

Every day, residents, city leaders, nonprofits, and the business community are innovating green stormwater infrastructure solutions to prevent untreated sewage discharge. Video Credit: Oren Goldenberg, Cass Corridor Films. This video was commissioned in partnership with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.

September 14, 2017December 21, 2021

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, 2017December 21, 2021

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...

Growing Sustainable Water Solutions: Rain Gardens to the Rescue
February 15, 2017December 21, 2021

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...