This story was published by The Ypsilanti Daily Press on Thursday, October 8, 1936.
A $19,248 WPA project for cleaning and beautifying the Huron River through Ypsilanti is one step nearer, it was announced today.
The project had been signed by the President and passed through the comptroller general’s office in Washington, but before reaching Ypsilanti, must be sent through the state office in Lansing and the county office at Ann Arbor. The process will require approximately six weeks.
Work will consist of cleaning the river bottom, constructing rip rap walls along the bank, finishing the stone dams already started near the Michigan Ave. bridge, planting trees and shrubs along the banks, and grading the banks through Ypsilanti.
T. Fred Older, the city engineer, says that work on the project will be started as soon as he has been officially notified.
Elm and maple will be the chief trees planted and they will be placed near the water works.
Sixty eight men will be employed for a period of six months and work will be started on the stretch of land along the banks of the river, from Cross ST., to Michigan Ave.