The Great Lakes Commission (GLC) has released a video highlighting work to restore natural shoreline at Brandenburg Park along Lake St. Clair in Michigan. A partnership led by the GLC and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and supported by the GLRI, replaced a failing metal sea wall with naturalized shoreline and offshore shoals to reduce wave energy and increase resiliency to varying water levels, improving fish and wildlife habitat and enhancing community access to the waterfront. Brandenburg Park’s pier is one of only a few in Metro Detroit from which individuals can fish and view wildlife on Lake St. Clair. Its public boat launch attracts boating and fishing enthusiasts from all over the county and throughout the region.
Brandenburg Park is one of five projects that GLC and NOAA are leading in high priority coastal areas in the Great Lakes basin. A team including Chesterfield Township, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Michigan Department of Energy, Great Lakes, and Environment, and OHM Advisors collaborated with GLC and NOAA to replace 740 linear feet of hardened shoreline, restore over three acres of nearshore habitat along Lake St. Clair and implement monitoring and outreach activities. The video, produced by Great Lakes Outreach Media, reviews prior conditions of the site, explains the restoration methods that were implemented, and highlights the use of long-term solutions to the basin-wide issue of shoreline erosion.
For more information, visit Habitat Restoration in Priority Coastal Areas: Brandenburg Park