Eagle Scout project aims to make Civic Center more enviro-friendly

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published May 13, 2015

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — One Boy Scout is working hand-in-hand with Clinton Township officials to create a rain garden.

Kevin Keller is part of Mount Clemens-based Boy Scout Troop 371 and was recently given approval by the township to work on a rain garden on Civic Center grounds.

The Chesterfield Township teen is a senior at Macomb Township L’Anse Creuse North High School.

The project, which was officially approved by the township board at its April 20 meeting, was given the go-ahead by Keller’s scout leader on May 1. It had to be approved by the troop before moving forward.

Keller explained to the board that the project — which will take place near the comfort station — would help prevent erosion and flooding in the area. He aims to plant various plants in an outline that should protect water and prevent pollution.

The way it is intended, the system will divert water to plants and distribute it to the roots that go deep down. Thus, the plants will absorb water and will aid in avoiding excess water and runoff that goes into the basin.

The plants Keller will use in the project include viburnum shrub, thlox, liatris, euphorbia, globe ardorditae and little blue stem grass.

Clinton Township Public Works Director Mary Bednar said the project would be beneficial to the overall well-being of the Civic Center, as water will come out of the comfort station into a down spout rather than a catch basin. The water will go into the Clinton Township system, which goes into a canal drain and into the Clinton River.

The water will be absorbed into the rain garden and have a catch basin nearby that will bypass the system.

“I was in contact with Mary looking for a project to do, and this was the one I thought I could use to best show leadership — both as a person and as an Eagle Scout,” Keller said.

Bednar said it’s important because it will help the township’s water quality.

“When Kevin came to us and said he wanted to do an Eagle Scout project, I was able to go to the WaterTowns projects that the Clinton (River) Watershed Council put together for us last year,” Bednar said. “This is great because this has the parking lot on there that we’ve been talking about. It kind of is neat being able to say we’re starting to do some of these visioning projects and move forward and become a little more green.”

The township will uproot the soil and Keller hopes to complete the overhaul on Saturday, May 16.