Untreated urban stormwater is the primary contributor to water quality impairments in Trail Creek, which runs through Michigan City, Indiana and drains into Lake Michigan. The Cheney Run outfall represents one of the primary sources of urban runoff, sediment, and Ecoli into Trail Creek, as it drains a 3.7 square mile area in the primary urban center of Michigan City, Indiana. Michigan City Sanitary District, in collaboration with the Delta Institute, and Alliance for the Great Lakes, will design and construct wetlands to mitigate the Cheney Run watershed’s urban pollution discharged to Trail Creek. The project will reduce urban runoff impairments through the design and installation of approximately five acres of constructed wetlands that will manage and treat stormwater, reduce erosion and sedimentation of Trail creek by 28,000 pounds annually, and add 37.5 million gallons of stormwater storage capacity annually.
Cheney Run, moving into Trail Creek, Michigan City, IN