Controlled burns are due to be performed in Ann Arbor on Saturday

ANN ARBOR, MI – Controlled burns will occur in Ann Arbor on Saturday March 20.

The controlled burns are planned for the rain gardens along Miller Avenue between Newport and Maple Streets and the rain gardens in Belize Park at Summit and Fountain.

The rain garden in Belize Park is burned to reduce invasive species and encourage native plants to thrive.

A rain garden is a shallow garden with shrubs and flowers native to the area that are designed to collect water and filter it back into the ground, thereby draining naturally polluted rainwater.

“From an ecological point of view, it is important to burn these natural areas so that the prairie-like ecosystems continue to thrive,” the authorities said.

Another controlled incineration is planned sometime in the spring in the rain gardens of the Ann Arbor sewage treatment plant and in the rainwater basin of the Arbor Hills in the municipality of Ypsilanti. Officials are unable to provide a definitive timetable for when the burns will occur as they must be carried out in favorable weather and without strong winds that could drive the burn out of control.

The burns are paid for by Ann Arbor and coordinated by the Washtenaw County Office of the Water Resources Commissioner.

The Washtenaw County Office of the Water Resources Commissioner coordinates the controlled burns in the city with the Department of Parks, Recreation, and Public Services for the City of Ann Arbor.

Residents or property owners in the vicinity of the site should contact the Water Resources Officer office by emailing [email protected] or calling 734-222-6860 with any questions.


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