Ford Cove Shoreline and Coastal Wetland Restoration
Grosse Pointe Shores, MI
Kicked off in early 2021, this 18-month feasibility study led by OHM Advisors is the first phase of a plan created by the historic Ford House estate and museum in conjunction with the Great Lakes Commission and a team of partners to restore disappearing wildlife habitats along the shoreline of Ford Cove on Lake St. Clair, part of Michigan’s Great Lakes waterway. The proposed restoration will span roughly a mile of Lake St. Clair’s coastline and more than 17 acres of the surrounding coastal marsh, nearshore habitat and adjacent forested wetlands affected by the rise of industry and significant development of lakefront property. The plan includes removing hard, non-natural coastal features like broken concrete and seawalls and reintroducing native plant species and naturalized shorelines. This will reduce the heavy waves that disrupt vital habitats that local fish, waterfowl, mussels, turtles, snakes and other wildlife need to raise their young, find cover and forage for food—all supporting the lake’s greater ecosystem. The initial feasibility study will include detailed baseline chemical, geotechnical, and ecological evaluations, preliminary hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and produce conceptual plans with estimated costs and restoration recommendations, which will determine if the restoration plan will be able to effectively reach its goals.