Clinton River Restoration Project

Sterling Heights Receives $4.5 Million Grant for Clinton River Restoration Project 

The City of Sterling Heights and the City of Utica are proud to announce a $4.5 million grant the communities recently received from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for a nine-mile restoration project along the Clinton River, known as the Clinton River Restoration Project. The $4.5 million grant includes no local match and is one of the largest in the city's history.

The project will improve habitat along the designated nine-mile section of the Clinton River upstream from its confluence with the Red Run Drain. Much of the planned work will be done in partnership with the Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC). The engineering firm Hubbell, Roth & Clark will work as the engineering consultant for the project.

The stream improvements will undoubtedly improve recreation along the Clinton River, which aligns with the City of Sterling Heights’ placemaking and recreation goals as seen in its 2030 Visioning plan. Following the restoration of the river, Sterling Heights plans to continue to pursue additional development opportunities for canoeing and kayaking, hike and bike trails, zip lining, urban camping and a dog park — all to be anchored around the Clinton River.

“The Clinton River is a wonderful natural asset for the City of Sterling Heights, and this incredible $4.5 million grant will help us to further capitalize on placemaking and recreation opportunities within our city,” said Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the EPA, the City of Utica, the Clinton River Watershed Council and others to see this project through its completion.  When finished, this project will enormously benefit not just our environment, but also the residents of this region by increasing access to our natural resources and potential new community gathering places.”

Project Update 8/31/2016

The closure for the path system is being extended  to September 30, 2016 to allow the contractor to continue working on this section of the river. The extension is necessary due to unpredictable heavy rain events, additional work added, and a very large woody debris blockage. 

Path closed signage and construction fence will be maintained as a precaution to eliminate safety hazards to pedestrians.  Shown on the attached map is the location of path closure and signs posted. To further deter use of this section of path the Road Closed sign will also be maintained at Edison Court.

During the closure period the trail heading northwest, between the Dodge Park bridge and City of Utica will remain open. Access to this section of the trail is available from Dodge Park, Farmstead Park, Sterling Heights Nature Center, Jaycees Park, and Clinton River North Park.

For a link to the full presentation revealed at the Sept. 15, 2015 City Council meeting, click here.

Clinton River Park Trail System


In an effort to further improve the Clinton River region of the city, Sterling Heights will also be working with “WaterTowns,” an initiative that uses vegetation, soils, and natural processes to manage storm water and create healthier urban environments. Projects may include changing grassy areas to wildflower gardens, installing rain gardens and using porous pavement in parking lots. This initiative, led by the Clinton River Watershed Council in partnership with Lawrence Technological University, is a result of funding the CRWC received to help local municipalities capitalize on the place making potential of the Clinton River and Lake St. Clair.