Scott, I understand and appreciate your concerns. That's why DWSD is digging a new pipeline to relieve the Rouge River from overflow:
http://www.dwsd.org/projects/rouge_proj ... uchure.pdf
However, not all of the trail is below the floodplain, and at the last trailday we were scouting new options based on the same concerns. But to be fair, even after heavy rains I've never seen the actual trail we cut flooded. No more damp than Lakeshore after a good storm, and similar topography (same river!
). It's also important to keep in mind this is one block in a huge park. There are other blocks within the park that are ripe for a trail that don't have the same issues, and those should be considered too. Like certain other trails, this one may have a longer spring dry-out period.
As I said before, there's no need for the organization to worry about it at this point. If we can assemble a new trail team and TC (and it sounds like there is interest), there are many resources we can take advantage of, including the sustainable trailbuilding and hydrology understanding of the MMBA.
But I don't expect the organization to go out of its way, volunteers must come forward. Keep riding, maintaining and supporting your local trails. This one's closest to me, so it's going to be up to me and my neighbors to take the lead.
Work in progress.