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Rouge Rescue Crew with debris-filled garbage bags

Rouge Rescue

Save the Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017

Each spring Friends of the Rouge, in partnership with Rouge communities, brings volunteers together from across the watershed to work toward the common goal of improving the Rouge River for generations to come. This annual river clean up event, known as Rouge Rescue, began in 1986 with volunteers removing large quantities of trash from the river.

Rouge Rescue - young crewAs river sites improved public perception of the river shifted away from the thought that the river was just an open sewer and a place to dump trash. Today much of the event is focused on restoration and volunteers also work to remove invasive plants from the river corridor, install native plantings and stabilize stream banks to improve the health of the river.

Rouge Rescue - RpadRouge Rescues of the past involved ripping out every log jam. Today we recognize the value of wood in the river and no longer strive to remove log jams. Instead wood is managed to reduce localized erosion, slow the force of the river’s flow and provide habitat for fish and other organisms. Many Rouge Rescue work sites engage volunteers in managing the wood in the river using the Woody Debris Management 101 method to reduce stream bank erosion and create in-stream habitat.

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Rouge Rescue Work Sites

Resources & Information for Site Coordinators

SAVE THE DATE      Saturday, May 20, 2017

Rouge Rescue logoCheck out the Rouge Rescue Reports below to learn about the great work completed by our volunteers.

Annual Reports

AA_2016Report.pdf

10/31/16 Cyndi Ross

AB_2015Report.pdf

10/31/16 Cyndi Ross

B_2014 RougeRescueReport.pdf

1/26/16 Cyndi Ross

C_2013 RougeRescueReport.pdf

1/26/16 Cyndi Ross

D_2012 RougeRescueReport.pdf

1/26/16 Cyndi Ross

E_2011RougeRescueReport.pdf

1/26/16 Cyndi Ross

F_2010 RougeRescueReport.pdf

1/26/16 Cyndi Ross

G_2009 RougeRescueReport.pdf

1/26/16 Cyndi Ross

H_2008 RougeRescueReport.pdf

1/26/16 Cyndi Ross

I_2007 RougeRescueReport.pdf

1/26/16 Cyndi Ross

J_2006 RougeRescueReport.pdf

1/26/16 Cyndi Ross

K_2005 RougeRescueReport.pdf

1/26/16 Cyndi Ross

L_2004 RougeRescueFinalReport.pdf

1/26/16 Cyndi Ross

M_2003 RougeRescueReport.pdf

1/26/16 Cyndi Ross

More Information About Rouge Rescue

Rouge Rescue Work Sites Resources & Information for Site Coordinators