- The Main Branch of the Ecorse River is 17 miles long and is in the northern portion of the watershed.
- The LeBlanc Drain, an enclosed storm sewer, runs 9.6 miles and drains the central portion of the watershed.
- The South Branch of the Ecorse River, which includes the Sexton-Kilfoil Drain, extends 13 miles in the southern portion of the watershed.
The river was first sampled for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in November 2019 near its confluence with the Detroit River after the Wyandotte Municipal Services drinking water plant returned an abnormally high detection of PFOS and perfluorohexane sulfonate (PFHxS) in raw and finished water samples in August 2019.
Elevated PFOS concentrations were found in the Ecorse River as a part of the 2019 sampling event (details for which are below). The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Water Resources Division (WRD), added the watershed to its PFAS sampling strategy in 2020. The watershed, along with the Frank and Poet drain watershed, was sampled for PFAS in August 2020. This sampling found elevated levels of PFOS throughout the watershed. EGLE will be conducting additional investigations to identify sources of PFAS in the Ecorse River Watershed.
- EGLE’s Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program plans to collect fish from the Ecorse River in 2021 and analyze the samples for PFAS.
- EGLE will use the August 2020 surface water sample data to continue our PFAS source tracking efforts within the watershed in order to identify potential sources.
- In 2020 - 2021, the Wyandotte Municipal Services drinking water plant and GLWA will begin performing compliance monitoring for the seven PFAS compounds with Maximum Contaminant Levels.
- EGLE has planned six months of source water (raw) sampling at all community water supplies in Michigan which utilize surface water as a source. This list includes Wyandotte Municipal Services drinking water plant and GLWA.