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Natural Shoreline Restoration

Using native soil bioengineering, ecological remediation and natural landscape design BMP’s (best management practices) we can restore shorelines and stream banks to a more natural state. With the use of soft armoring and other short-term soil stabilization techniques to reinforce the soil, we can jump-start the establishment of a native plant community for a sustainable alternative to hard armoring of Great Lakes shorelines.

Nativescape restored 200 linear feet of Detroit River shoreline at DTE Energy’s River Rouge Power Plant using soft-shore engineering techniques in a natural landscape design. The shoreline consisted of concrete and other debris. Nativescape designed the new shoreline incorporating design elements that provide an aesthetically pleasing multifunctional landscape. The design used all Michigan native plants that are found in the Detroit River watershed. This project also used a LID approach to provide a buffer from storm water run off by creating an infiltration zone, which intercepts run off before it entered the river. Aquatic habitats to lakeplain prairie habitats were created in a highly industrialized section of the river. The aquatic reef was created using a Filtrexx® product EdgeSaver™ (www.fitrexx.com) and installed by Doetsch industrial Services (www.doetschindustrial.com).

The project was funded with a Five-Star grant, a Great Lakes Coastal Program grant from the Friends of the Detroit River, a challenge grant from Metropolitan Affairs Coalition and match from DTE.




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