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FCA Detroit Assembly Complex Jefferson

Detroit, Michigan, United States

Certified Silver through 2022

Project Name
Project Type
JNAP Stormwater Pond Upland Habitat
Landscaped
JNAP Stormwater Pond Water Body Habitat
Wetlands & Water Bodies
JNAP Stormwater Pond Green Infrastructure Project
Green Infrastructure
Girl Scouts Fish Habitat
Awareness & Community Engagement
About the Program
FCA US, FCA Detroit Assembly Complex Jefferson [Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP)], in Detroit Michigan, is implementing 4 qualifying projects in Green Infrastructure - JNAP Stormwater Pond Green Infrastructure Project, Habitats – Landscaped - JNAP Stormwater Pond Upland Habitat, Habitats - Wetlands & Water Bodies - JNAP Stormwater Pond Water Body Habitat, and Education and Awareness - Awareness & Community Engagement - Girl Scouts Fish Habitat.

For the JNAP Stormwater Pond Green Infrastructure Project, a retention pond was constructed to reduce runoff, retain sediment and service Detroit city in emergency discharges. A pump system is installed to use water stored in the pond in an irrigation system to supply water to the 5-acre habitat. The 2.5-acre pond serves as stop over for migrating birds as well as habitat for local year-round flora and fauna on the site.  Artificial lighting is not installed around the pond to reduce light pollution that may impact wildlife. FCA demonstrates corporate-level commitment or strategy to incorporate biodiversity considerations into green infrastructure.

The JNAP Stormwater Pond Upland Habitat managed is 2.5 acres. The conservation objective is to establish wildlife habitat at JNAP including stopover habitat along the Detroit River/Great Lakes migratory bird corridor while utilizing stormwater collected from approximately 71 acres at the facility. Employees are engaged in monitoring and information sharing. Partners [TDE (contractor), Detroit Southeastern High School (monitoring), Michigan State University and University of Michigan (species identification)] are engaged in implementation. The project aligns with USFWS Detroit Unified Bird Treaty City, Michigan State Wildlife Action Plan, National Pollinator Strategy, and EPA Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

JNAP Stormwater Pond Water Body Habitat managed is 2.5 acres. The conservation objective is to maintain a pond habitat for wildlife, avian species, aquatic species, insects, mammals, and flora while providing the area as a stopover habitat for migratory birds. Employees are engaged in monitoring and sharing knowledge. Partners are engaged in species inventories, monitoring, and maintenance. Groups that FCA works with include: Girl Scouts of America, City of Detroit, Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Association, Great Lakes Water Authority, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Detroit Southeastern High School, GZA (consultant), HRC (consultant), Arcadis (consultant), and TDE (contractor). The project aligns with USFWS Detroit Unified Bird Treaty City, Michigan State Wildlife Action Plan, and EPA's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

Girl Scouts Fish Habitat - The learners launch a fish habitat structure and release native minnows in the JNAP stormwater pond once per year. The conservation education objective is " Scouts learn about the biodiversity goals of our facility, they were working towards their Junior Animal Habitats badge." Girl Scouts of America are engaged in project planning and implementation. The project aligns with USFWS Detroit Unified Bird Treaty City, Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Michigan State Wildlife Action Plan.

Practices and Impacts
JNAP Stormwater Pond Green Infrastructure Project
  • The Team monitors influent and outfalls monthly. The pond stormwater is used for irrigation of vegetation at the facility and to aerate the pond.
  • Invasive phragmites are mowed along the water's edge monthly.
Habitats – Landscaped - JNAP Stormwater Pond Upland Habitat
  • The Team mows the upland habitat to help manage invasive Phragmites and maintain wild native flower plantings.
  • The area is irrigated with pond water rather than consume additional City water.
  • The Team monitors the plant species twice per year and wildlife once per year.
  • Plans include Phragmites management.
Habitats - Wetlands & Water Bodies - JNAP Stormwater Pond Water Body Habitat
  • The Team mows Phragmites back along shoreline.
  • Sprinkler heads are also directed over the pond to aid in aeration and surface water disruption to help control mosquitoes.
  • Cattails are left to deadhead for natural seed dispersal.
  • The Team monitors the plant species twice per year and wildlife once per year.
Education and Awareness - Awareness & Community Engagement - Girl Scouts Fish Habitat
  • The project takes 3 months from concept to completion. The fish habitat was installed, and fish released September 2019.
  • For the A-Frame fish habitat - clean wood pallets were repurposed from the plant. Cinder block were tied to the A-frame with cotton rope. branches from the Upland habitat were affixed to the A-frame to add more structure and habitat for the fish.  Scouts painted the A-Frame with non-toxic acrylic paints.
  • Scouts constructed a pontoon float from empty 2-liter soda bottle affixed together with tape. The A-frame (with cinder blocks) was floated out onto the pond with two groups of Scouts guiding the pontoon with ropes.
  • The Team assesses learning goals and project logistics through a transcription of writing down overall impressions or informal notes after the event.

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