Kingfisher Bluff

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.

See Rouge River Restoration Program

Partners involved

Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
Dearborn Rotary Club

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.

Before

Erosion of Kingfisher BluffPlan to Stabilize Kingfisher Bluff

After

Stabilized Kingfisher BluffCurrent Kingfisher Bluff with Foliage

HFC created a scenic overlook and installed interpretive signage to educate the public about the Rouge River.

Before

Plans for Kingfisher Bluff Deck

After

Current Kingfisher Bluff Deck

HFC constructed a short walkway to the Gateway Trail that connects to the Rouge Parkway and continues to Michigan Avenue.

Before

Before Trail

After

Current Trail

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.

Before

Before construction Parking lot

After

After Parking lot with runoff basin