Millers Creek Watershed Improvement Plan
The Improvement Plan for Millers Creek is available in Adobe Acrobat.
Please note that for computers with a video card smaller than 32MB some
of the figures may not display correctly on the screen (the figure itself
will still be intact). (See the Glossary
for definitions of technical terms)
"Storming Down a Lovely Valley: the Millers Creek Report"
engaging report is written for the public. Topics include the fascinating
history of the watershed, a location of Native American activity, the
Underground Railroad and early Ann Arbor enterprise. The creek provides
a dramatic example of the effects of uncontrolled stormwater. Sections
of the report describe local history and current conditions of the creek
specific to the neighborhoods in the watershed as well as pinpointing
specific opportunities for improvement. These latter include potential
service projects for scouts or school groups. The report is available
as a printed version (please see below).
Please click this link
to view the report in Adobe Acrobat. May take a few minutes to load
on a slow connection.
Hubbard Channel Shape
In less than a year, the stream channel near Hubbard Road changed
noticeably. This is shown in the measurements of channel shape in three
locations in Millers Creek at the Hubbard Road study site.
The Millers Creek Open House on October 30, 2002 was a rousing success.
Over 130 attendees had a chance to hear an overview of the Millers Creek
study components and goals and interact with the technical study group.
Forty-seven of the attendees also filled out a survey of their concerns
and hopes for the creek. Click on the link below to see the summary
of survey results.
Findings and Results
Storm flow and salts
Data collected by a University of Michigan Chemistry Class show continuous
conductivity measurements taken at the site near Huron Parkway and Glazier.
(Conductivity measures the amount of dissolved ions, such as those derived
from salts and metals.) The graph below (click on 8-19-02 Conductivity")
shows the amount of rain overlaid on the conductivity.
You can see in this instance (without road salt for melting ice and
snow) that the rain is diluting the conductivity. This indicates that
the groundwater feeding Millers Creek has more dissolved solids (from
slowly dissolving rocks and soil) than the runoff coming from the watershed
during this particular event. Notice that once the rain starts the runoff
hits the stream almost immediately.
Huron River Watershed Council's Adopt-A-Stream summary of water quality
and macroinvertebrate sampling results for the Glazier Way site on Millers
Creek from September 1993 to April 2002.