Soft Shoreline Engineering Case Studies
Gabriel Richard Park - Site #19
Project Goals and Objectives: Stabilize the river’s shoreline, provide an aesthetically pleasing environment, and create fish habitat
Project Description: Stabilization and restoration of 290 meters of shoreline including the integration of two fishing overlooks.
Partners: Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Great Lakes Fishery Trust, State of Michigan, Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, City of Detroit, and Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
Ecological Effectiveness: Prior to stabilization the shoreline was exhibiting areas of erosion, was not conducive for fish habitat, included invasive weeds, and was an uninviting section of the river limiting public access. The project resulted in reduced erosion, ADA public access, fishing opportunities, improved fish habitat, and a safe attractive environment. No post-project ecological monitoring has been performed to date.
Restoration Contact: Detroit Riverfront Conservancy