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Red Run stimulus project

Stimulus project aims to improve Red Run

By Brian C. Louwers
C & G Staff Writer

WARREN — Work funded by the federal stimulus package will commence along the Red Run Drain as early as next year; the project designed to improve water flow and quality in the tributary of the Clinton River, a project manager with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers confirmed earlier this month.

Bill Rito, project manager in the Detroit office of the U.S. Army Corps, said word was received in August that drain projects totaling nearly $3.83 million were approved as requested through the Oakland County Environmental Infrastructure Program for work on the George W. Kuhn Drain system, which includes the Red Run.

“There’s actually a couple of different aspects to the stimulus funding. One is sewer inspections. That would just be in the George Kuhn Drain,” Rito said. “What, specifically, sewers would be inspected, that’s something we’re working with Oakland County on, to get a specific plan.

“The other part would consist of design and construction within the Red Run Drain. That has to do with bank stabilization and shoal removal. It’s cleaning out the drain so that it’s a clear channel, so when storm flows coming from Oakland County flow through the Red Run it doesn’t back up,” Rito said.

Measures to be undertaken along the Red Run in Macomb County east of Dequindre — the drain flows through Warren, Sterling Heights and Clinton Township en route to its terminus at the Clinton River— would include the removal of overgrown brush and the dredging of sediments.

Funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will account for 75 percent of the project’s total cost, with a local match totaling 25 percent.

In a release offered in August through U.S. Rep. Sander Levin’s office, Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner John P. McCulloch said the request was submitted quickly as a “shovel-ready project” for consideration under the federal stimulus package.

“We’ve made a lot of progress on reducing pollution in the Clinton River, but there is a critical need to address the build-up of sediment in the watershed,” Levin said.

Rito said work would commence first on project design and then on construction, with the first construction contracts being awarded in 2010.

You can reach Staff Writer Brian C. Louwers at brianlouwers@candgnews.com or at (586) 498-1089.

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