CLINTON TOWNSHIP (WWJ) – Macomb County officials celebrating a $2.3 million water quality enhancement on a large drain and creek — called the Gloede Drain in Clinton Township.

Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller says the enhancements include habitat restoration and the planting of 600 oak trees.

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“But the biggest purpose of this is to enhance the water quality,” said Miller. “This is all part of the Clinton River Watershed — this was previously an old, overrun dirty old drain that now has clean water flowing into the Clinton River and ultimately into Lake Saint Clair.”

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She says they took what mother nature gave them and are enhancing it. “We don’t want to keep destroying their habitat – we want to be able to enhance it so that they can co-exist with us here – in what Mother Nature intended.

“It is quality of life, enhancing this drain, wildlife habitat, also improving the water quality that runs into the Clinton River and so it’s also a critical component of economic prosperity.”

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The drain is just behind Partridge Creek Mall. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.