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Red Run tour

Tour of Red Run Drain and George W. Kuhn Retention Treatment Basin – June 30, 2011


On Thursday, June 30th, Congressman Levin and Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner John McCulloch were joined by members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and staff from the Water Resources Office for a tour of the Red Run Drain and the George W. Kuhn Retention Treatment Basin in Warren and Madison Heights, respectively.  The Drain provides an outlet for the Retention Treatment Basin, which services approximately 250,000 people in southeast Oakland County.  It carries storm water and treated wastewater 9 miles through Macomb County before connecting to the Clinton River and, ultimately, Lake St. Clair.

The Red Run Drain project consists of many different elements, including drain rehabilitation, e-coli reduction efforts, shoal removal and bank stabilization.  It will reduce pollution and sedimentation in the Red Run Drain, the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair.  This project costs $5.1-million, 75% of which (or $3.8-million) is coming from a Recovery Act grant. The Corps agreed to provide Recovery Act funding for the Red Run Drain improvements at the emphatic urging of Rep. Levin and Senator Carl Levin.

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