Over one mile of the Partridge Creek (Gloede Drain) flows through an area of 50 acres which was previously a golf course. The area included several adjacent pocket wetlands. The existing site consisted of aquatic and terrestrial invasive species, eroded bank regions along the drain corridor, fragmented wetland areas, and degraded golf cart paths that narrow the channel width and obstruct flows. The project was separated into four phases that included: Invasive Plant Species Removal, Gloede Drain Natural Channel Design Restoration, Wetland Restoration, and Oak Openings Restoration.
The McBride Drain Habitat Restoration was the collaboration of the Macomb County Public Works Commissioner, the EPA, GLRI and HRC. The enhancement and restoration of the McBride Drain enabled the stream to acquire and sustain a variety of aquatic and diverse vegetation. The stabilization of the streambanks and in-stream structures further improved the hydrology of the stream and created aquatic and habitat improvements.
The McBride Drain runs directly through a residential neighborhood. These improvements improved the quality of life and reduced flooding to the adjacent yards.
The Sylvan Glen Golf Course, constructed in 1922, was experiencing negative impacts from storm water runoff generated by increased development in upstream tributary areas. These impacts included increased bank erosion, loss of vegetation within the drain channel, exposed irrigation and drainage infrastructure, loss of tee surfaces and increased downstream sedimentation…