U-M researchers, partners, residents celebrate completion of Detroit ‘bioretention gardens’

U-M researchers and their project partners, community leaders, neighborhood residents and local students recently gathered to celebrate the transformation of vacant lots into four “bioretention gardens” designed to capture and soak up stormwater while beautifying Detroit’s Warrendale neighborhood.

Each garden is expected to achieve an average annual stormwater volume reduction of 300,000 gallons and should help reduce street flooding during big storms. This pilot project shows how vacant properties can become green infrastructure that enhances neighborhood quality of life while improving water quality in the Detroit River and the Great Lakes.

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