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Public Works Office
Candice S. Miller
21777 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI 48036
(586) 469-5325

Contact: Dan Heaton

Phone: 586-469-7424



May 13, 2019

MCPWO Responds to Sheen on Red Run Drain

  • A petroleum sheen is seen on the Red Run Drain in Warren, near Van Dyke, on Monday,
  • An absorbent boom installed on the Red Run Drain, east of Van Dyke, in Warren, on Monday.

The Macomb County Public Works Office has put an absorbent boom in place on the Red Run Drain in Warren to capture a petroleum sheen on the surface of the water.

MCPWO personnel were initially alerted to the sheen at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 13. The sheen was seen between Dequindre and Ryan Roads on the drain, which flows on an easterly route roughly from Dequindre and Chicago roads before entering the Clinton River near Hayes Road and Metro Parkway in Clinton Township.

The source of the sheen is unknown. Several times over the past two years, a sheen has been seen coming from the underground portion of the Red Run in Oakland County after a heavy rain. The drain enters Macomb County at Dequindre and Chicago Road and becomes an above ground waterway in Warren. It is not known if the May 13 sheen originated in Oakland County.

An investigation of a sheen on the Red Run earlier this year determined that the product creating the sheen was diesel fuel that was entering the Henry Graham Drain in Madison Heights and then depositing in to the Red Run, but the exact location of that diesel source has eluded detection.

"Once again our crew is out, taking steps to protect our water ways. We have little patience left for finding the source - or sources - of this pollution," said Candice S. Miller, Macomb County Public Works Commissioner. "Industrial businesses and property owners throughout the Red Run district need to review their practices and make sure diesel or other products are not entering the drain. Once we find the source of this repeated sheen, we will be seeking reimbursement for expenses from the offending party."

Miller said if a negligent party is found, MCPWO will be working with the Michigan Dept. of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to explore possible fines.

Macomb County inspectors reported on Monday afternoon that no additional petroleum product appeared to be entering the drain and that it is believed all of the material has been contained.


21777 Dunham Road, Clinton Township, MI, 48036