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E-M:/ Long-closed part of Rouge River reopens



Water now flows again through Greenfield Village
 
Last month, workers cut through the concrete liner that has guided the Rouge River away from Greenfield Village since 1972. Now, a roughly 30-foot-wide expanse of water once again flows through the area.
 
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers smoothed the river's meandering path and paved its bottom and sides three decades ago to control flooding that had regularly inundated streets and basements. The curved section of river, called an oxbow, that runs through Greenfield Village was cut off from the river and dried up after the paving job.
 
Even before Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologists could stock the oxbow with game fish, they discovered 14 species, including smallmouth and largemouth bass, already there, said Ed Bagale, vice chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn.