County drain gets upgrade
The Lewis Drain near M-59 and Garfield Road in Macomb Township, is shown to the left in its prior condition, as constructed when the adjacent condo complex was developed. The drainage district received an environmental makeover recently, thanks to a $160,000 low impact design grant from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and plenty of hard work by volunteers from the Lakeside Condominium Association, Chrysler Group, LLC and Macomb County Public Works .
The end result is a 750 foot long facelift of the drain with a 50 foot wide natural buffer on either side. A mulch blanket was set in place to stabilize the soil during the plantings. The project will restore the natural habitat in the area and improve water quality by replacing ordinary landscape grass with select native plantings, shrubs and trees. The Lewis Drain discharges to a drainage network that ends up in Lake St. Clair. The Lewis Drain was established as a county drain in 1901, 113 years ago.