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Double Trouble USACE Red Run

September 1, 2015

I’m going to call it like I see it folks.
Double dipping, paying twice, fleecing the taxpayers, etc etc ALL apply to this project via USACE.

OAKLAND County stormwater flows -underground- from a dozen cities- INTO the City of Warren in MacombCounty. They don’t live with it, see it, smell it, etc – it gets funneled towards us in Warren – and their projects become “our” problem.

A look at the New Project for late 2015 and early 2016 – in Warren.


The prior “”Bank Stabilization”” initiative for the Red Run DRAIN (in section of Warren between Dequindre and Ryan) had major landslides, geotextile fabric failures, and looked disastrous in the 1rst round.

Pictures and Video
back in 2011, 2012

Now in late 2015 or early 2016 – the USACE decides to fix the mistake it made almost 4 years ago (2011)



According to USACE :
The berm placement by East Dawson Drive is not for flood prevention. The proposed project is bank excavation to reduce the bank steepness (slope) along existing drain bank.

The bank has slumped and discharged sediments into the drain which will affect the end area of the drain and the ability of the drain to adequately discharge flood waters.

The bottom toe of slope at the water line will be armored with rock to minimize scouring.

About 16,000 cubic yards of excavated material will be placed into a reconfigured berm north of the work area and 3,600 yards placed in an “L” shaped configuration at the Ryan Road site located at Ryan and Dawson intersections.

Neither of the placement areas are designed as flood protection berms, but are sediment placement areas, within the drain right of way.

The excavation to reduce the bank steepness will provide additional flood storage capacity estimated at  about 4 acre feet within the 100 year floodplain.

The guys that received the contract the last time were – Site Development on Stephenson Highway in Madison Heights. Oakland County gave them an award – for the shoddy workmanship – .


Let’s hope they DO NOT get the contract again. That would truly be a travesty .

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USACE Site Development


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