Park bench on Belle Isle, facing the Detroit River and city skyline.
Detroit Park Bench Park Bench on Belle Isle, Detroit, Michigan. © Michael D-L Jordan/dlp

Stories in Michigan

Urban Conservation in Detroit

Helping People and Nature Thrive in an Iconic American City

Click the tiles below to explore TNC's work with green stormwater infrastructure in Detroit.

A Green Path Forward

Too frequently, nature in the city of Detroit has become associated with abandonment, blight and decay. Our goal is for nature to be associated with health and prosperity.

The path forward is through green stormwater infrastructure: green space and natural plants that absorb and slow stormwater runoff, reducing overflows and flooding, while also creating much-needed public access to nature.

Click the black labels below for a quick look at how cities can use green infrastructure to manage stormwater.

The great green city of the future is made up of healthy, livable neighborhoods where the benefits of nature are available to all people.

The Nature Conservancy's Global Managing Director for Cities
Trees near Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville. Urban street trees can filter about a third of the fine particle pollution in their immediate vicinity.
Trees at Waterfront Park. Trees near Waterfront Park in downtown Louisville. Urban street trees can filter about a third of the fine particle pollution in their immediate vicinity. © Randy Olsen/The Nature Conservancy