Alliance of Rouge Communities and Mathew Mulholland Recipients
Friends of the Rouge honored two recipients with their prestigious Best Friend of the Rouge awards for 2012 on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at the Annual Membership Meeting: Mathew Mulholland and the Alliance of Rouge Communities.
Mathew Mulholland received the Outstanding Volunteer Award, named in honor of the late FOTR Board Treasurer and Rouge River Steward extraordinaire, Julie Rose Frentrup. Matt has worked tirelessly to clean up and promote the Rouge River in his home community of Wayne. He helped recruit, organize and direct volunteers in opening up logjams and cleaning the river. As Personnel Director/Economic Development Specialist for the City of Wayne, he has been an advocate for the river, gaining the support of the mayor and other city officials. Matt is an enthusiastic advocate for the Rouge River, convincing the general public what a great resource it is. Matt is a great friend to the Rouge River.
The Alliance of Rouge Communities, a voluntary public watershed entity composed of municipal governments and counties of the watershed, has been instrumental in restoring portions of the Rouge River through networking and grant-writing. ARC is uniquely positioned to partner and apply for grants for projects that have been identified as crucial for restoring the river. They received funding to remove the Wayne Road Dam and Danvers Pond, to plant thousands of trees, to monitor for E. coli in the Upper and Main1-2 subwatersheds and to restore a Southfield wetland, two Detroit Park prairies and Grow Zones in Wayne County Parks. They agreed to be the fiduciary for EPA/GLNPO Legacy Act Funding that will address contaminated sediments in the Lower Rouge River. They have organized and sold thousands of rain barrels in the watershed.