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Posted on Mon, May 20, 2013 : 7:29 p.m.

Progress of Ann Arbor stormwater study to be highlighted during Tuesday meeting

By Chelsea Hoedl

The Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's office will hold its third public meeting regarding the Upper Malletts Stormwater Conveyance Study Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Dicken Elementary School, according to a news release.


The Churchill Downs neighborhood during a March 15 storm.

Photo courtesy of Bob Loukotka

The meeting will be an update on the study’s progress as well as an overview of potential location-specific stormwater management alternatives to deal with ongoing flooding problems in Upper Malletts Creek neighborhoods.

The study began in February in order to identify problems with stormwater drainage and develop solutions to decrease risk and severity of future floods in the area.

Residents will be presented with possible stormwater detention sites, possible green stormwater management solutions, and areas where storm sewer improvements may be needed.

Feedback from residents will be used by the engineering team to develop seven stormwater management alternatives, which will be ready for the next public meeting in July.


craig stolefield

Tue, May 21, 2013 : 3:18 p.m.

The headline says "Ann Arbor Stormwater Study" but it sounds like this is a Wash. County project, correct?


Tue, May 21, 2013 : 1:08 p.m.

I also believe several studies were done in the past. These studies resulted in the flawed plan to divert storm water from basement footing drains into street storm drains. The street storm drains cannot handle the extra water. Therefore, you have flooding as shown in the photo in the article. West Park and the surrounding neighborhood experienced flooding after the "improvements" to the park were made. I'm not sure whether the problems have been corrected.


Tue, May 21, 2013 : 11:10 a.m.

Would it be possible to get a list, timeline, and areas studied for the stormwater studies already done in the last 10 years? I can't shake this feeling that I've heard of several studies already being done on this topic multiple times in the recent past. Were the studies all done on different areas? Did that study done on that park that always floods (I forget the name of it) actually result in a fix?