Restoration of the Ferry Drain Troy, Michigan

The banks of the Ferry Drain in Troy, Michigan were eroding, encroaching on private property and threatening home foundations.

Landscape Fabric

Landscape fabric and boulders stabilized banks.

Bank Stabilization

Bank stabilization followed the natural curves of the stream.


D&J used boulders to camouflage new drains and storm drain pipes.


D&J planted native trees, shrubs and plants to create a park-like setting.


The Ferry Drain is a stream and storm water relief system flowing through a neighborhood in Troy, Michigan. The water flow had eroded residents’ yards and the streambed was encroaching on private properties. The City and residents wanted to stop the erosion and prevent damage to foundations of nearby homes while preserving the scenic and natural area.


Working with local architects and engineers, D&J restored the stream bank and the channel, stabilizing the banks and building attractive boulder walls.  Additional drains and storm drain pipes were extended into the channel and camouflaged with attractive boulder walls that blend into the landscape. D&J used natural materials, such as biodegradable coconut rolls, to hold the banks in place and then planted native vegetation, enhancing stabilization and the beauty of the area.


D&J completed the project in less than four weeks and on-budget. D&J’s work has halted erosion and preserved and enhanced the area with native species of trees, plants and shrubs to create a park-like setting residents and visitors will enjoy for years to come.



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