What is ARC?
ARC stands for the Alliance of Rouge Communities. On October 11, 2005, Canton became a member when they adopted the by-laws. Before ARC, the Assembly of Rouge Communities existed as an interim organization that allowed communities to work together in meeting state and federal regulations regarding storm water permit requirements, and restoring the river. The Assembly was created in 2002 when federal funding to assist Rouge Watershed communities in management of the river was substantially reduced. Although the assembly provided means to keep the collective efforts underway, it depended heavily upon Wayne County to handle the business of the Assembly. Wayne County was responsible for handling the funds to hire contractors to perform monitoring, prepare the public information materials, and provide administrative and technical support for the Assembly, its committees, and the subwatershed management groups that prepare and help implement required watershed management plans. State legislation was introduced by Senator Patterson in 2004 to assist with the transition from the Assembly of Rouge Communities to the ARC. Under the adopted bylaws that established ARC, members are allowed to develop and implement watershed plans, receive grants, gifts and contributions, hire staff, issue contracts for services needed to implement water plans, and obtain state and federal permits on behalf of members. The 3 primary purposes of ARC are:
  1. To provide a means to collectively restore the quality of water in the Rouge, return beneficial public uses, and prevent future problems
  2. To further reduce local government costs to meet state and federal storm water permit requirements through cooperative efforts and increase the effectiveness of needed expenditures
  3. To provide a state and national model for locally driven watershed approaches that minimize the need for further state and general mandates encouraging bottom-up approaches to solving problems based on locally established priorities (Sharing of public education resources is also a large benefit of ARC.)

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2. What's considered a "state" highway?
3. What jurisdiction does the County Road Commission have?
4. What about city and village streets?
5. How are roads funded?
6. What are federal dollars used for?
7. How does this affect Canton?
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10. What happens to the waste water in Canton?
11. What is Canton’s strategy towards watershed management?
12. What is ARC?
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14. What are the different types of detention ponds?
15. How are detention basins maintained?
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