Huron River Watershed Council

Climate Change Challenge: Increased Precipitation

Grant Award: $238,836; Year Awarded: 2016

Norton Creek runs through Southeast Detroit, Michigan where increasing population growth has led to changes to the waterways. These changes from increased impervious surfaces and increased channelization of the creek, create problems of low dissolved oxygen and high nutrient and sediment loads to the river system. The communities within Norton Creek are expected to experience more frequent flooding and exposure to polluted runoff. Many of these communities are considered socially vulnerable. The work executed in this catchment will not only build resilience in the river system but also among citizens that may be the least equipped to recover from climate impacts.