About Kingfisher Bluff
The Kingfisher Bluff is located along the main branch of the Rouge River at the western edge of HFC's main campus. The Rouge River meanders through this area and makes a sharp bend at Kingfisher Bluff. However, the river has caused significant stream bank erosion at the toe of the bluff, resulting in bank failures. The Kingfisher Bluff Project was designed to reduce pollution, increase recreational opportunities, enhance and preserve habitat, and reduce water volumes and velocities. It was funded through grant money from the Clean Michigan Initiative and the Wayne County Rouge Program Office. The design included the stabilization of the existing bluff and the construction of an observation overlook with interpretive signage, a connecting pathway to the Gateway Trail, and stormwater best management practices such as porous pavement and a bio-retention basin.
What We Changed
HFC stabilized the stream bank at Kingfisher Bluff to eliminate this area as a source of excessive sediment to the Rouge River.
HFC created a scenic overlook and installed interpretive signage to educate the public about the Rouge River.
HFC constructed a short walkway to the Gateway Trail that connects to the Rouge Parkway and continues to Michigan Avenue.
HFC installed best management practices to manage stormwater from the adjacent campus parking area.
Best Management Practices:
- 410 linear feet stream bank stabilized;
- 8,384 cubic feet treated by a bio-retention basin; and
- 1,587 square feet porous pavement installed.
Annual Load Reductions:
- Sediment: 685 tons per year;
- Phosphorus: 122 pounds per year; and
- Nitrogen: 253 pounds per year.