$1.3 Million Oakland County Stormwater Improvement Project Set In Pontiac

Earlier this year, Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash began the Norton Street Innovation stormwater improvement project in Pontiac. This project will improve water quality and create a gathering space for the community to enjoy. The $1.3 million project is being funded by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy Clean Water State Revolving Fund and the American Rescue Plan with 100% loan forgiveness.

The goal for this project is to

  • use bioretention cells to beautify the space and temporarily capture stormwater runoff before it enters the Augusta Drain;
  • plant native trees and plants to absorb and filter stormwater; and
  • reduce pollutants from entering the Clinton River.

The community has been at the forefront of this project holding two events aimed at teaching residents about the plans for the stormwater improvement initiative. Residents had the opportunity to learn about the project and vote on potential plant aesthetics and future amenities for the space.

The Augusta Drain property is 5 acres of open land along Norton Street from North Johnson Street to Sanderson Avenue. The property is owned by the Augusta Drain Drainage District, but it is maintained by our office. Crews are expected to break ground on construction this fall.

Use our interactive story map to delve deeper into the project and discover more about the timeline, our goals and the history of the space.

The Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office is dedicated to protecting public health and safety, preserving natural resources and a healthy environment, maintaining reliable, high-quality service, ensuring the value of investment and contributing to economic prosperity. To learn more about the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash’s Office and his work, follow along with them on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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