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Grow Zones Initiative

Water quality and wildlife habitat in the Rouge Watershed would benefit by protecting our natural areas, expanding native buffers and increasing planting areas. We are now calling these planting areas - Grow Zones. Grow zones can be anywhere, both public and private property, and take many different forms. We already have green roofs and green walls at Industrial sites, and rain gardens and native buffer plantings on residential and municipal property. These grow zones increase infiltration of rain, reduce pollution and cost less to maintain. Improved water quality and additional natural areas benefit fish and wildlife. Opportunities for grow zones exist at community parks, municipal buildings, commercial developments and our own yards. Wayne County is currently implementing grow zones on over 25 acres of Wayne County parkland, and is committed to their future success.