Reducing Pollution Runoff to Heal the Swift Run Creek

Rain garden at Forestbrooke Pool
One of four rain gardens at the Foresbrooke Community Pool.

Through this project, we installed projects to “slow the flow” of water that drains into Swift Run Creek after every rain event. By partnering with neighbors, the City of Ann Arbor, and Washtenaw County, the HRWC brought green stormwater infrastructure methods to Mitchell Elementary School, Washtenaw County Service Center, and Forestbrooke Community Pool.  These innovative green infrastructure techniques capture polluted stormwater before it enters stormdrains that send untreated water directly into the creek. By capturing the water before it enters the system, these green infrastructure features filter out pollution while protecting the creek from harmful erosion due to stormwater runoff.

This project was made possible thanks to grant funding from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as well as matched funding from the City of Ann Arbor and the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s office. Thank you to our partners and the community members for your assistance in making these projects a reality!

swiftrun project funding partners


In the summer of 2018, community members gathered to plant 750 native plants in four rain gardens at Forestbrooke Community Pool and 600 natives in two rain gardens at Mitchell Elementary School. Check out photos and videos of our volunteer planting days below!

Forestbrooke Community Pool

Forestbrooke Swim Club 2018 Rain Garden Planting

Mitchell Elementary

Mitchell Elementary Rain Garden Planting