Habitat Restoration in Priority Coastal Areas: Brandenburg Park

Located in Chesterfield Township, MI, Brandenburg Park is situated along the shoreline of Anchor Bay in Lake St. Clair. Owned and maintained by the Township, the park sees a steady stream of visitors and features four open-air pavilions, a splash pad, and a multipurpose building. Located off Jefferson Avenue a quarter-mile south of 23 Mile Road, this 17-acre parcel is positioned along the shore of Anchor Bay and serves the recreational needs of the township and the greater Lake St. Clair area with a unique assortment of facilities. The park’s 500ft pier is one of only a few in Metro Detroit from which individuals can fish and view wildlife. Located five miles from I-94, this park’s public boat launch attracts boating and fishing enthusiasts from all over the county and throughout the region. The park is permanently protected and will be maintained long term by the Township. Below is a general map of the project location.

Environmental Benefits:

  • Restore approximately 740 linear feet of hardened shoreline and 1.5 acres of nearshore habitat along Lake St. Clair
  • Enhanced fish and wildlife habitat

Community Benefits:

  • Improved shoreline safety
  • Improved water quality and ecosystem health
  • Improved fishing and fish spawning
  • Increased access to shoreline

Economic Benefits:

  • Increased recreation, tourism, and sport-fishing opportunities

Brandenburg Park Habitat Restoration Project

60% design rendition of Brandenburg Park (Photo provided by OHM)

The engineering design for this project is currently underway and being managed locally by Chesterfield Township (Township) with project manager OHM.  The design is currently at the 60% phase.  The restoration design is anticipated to restore approximately 740 linear feet of hardened shoreline and 1.5 acres of nearshore habitat along Lake St. Clair. The design will focus on a rocky breakwater to promote growth and establishment of wild celery (Vallisneria americana) as well as planted submerged aquatic vegetation and emergent vegetation, all of which serve as important spawning, nursery, and foraging habitat for a variety of game fishes and a food source for waterfowl. Tree rootwads anchored to the breakwater, dredged areas of varying water depth, and rock piles will be installed to create and enhance habitat for a variety of herpetofauna and fish species.

Funding

Brandenburg Park has received over $890,000 in funding from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) from both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the NOAA Non-AOC Grant. GLRI is a federal program designed to protect and restore the largest system of fresh surface water in the world — the Great Lakes.

For More Information

Eric Ellis
Coastal Conservation and Habitat Restoration
Project Manager, Great Lakes Commission
734‐396‐6089
[email protected]

Josh Sonnenberg
Facilities and Operations Director
Chesterfield Township
586-949-0400 (Ext. 3)
[email protected]

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