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Join Us for the Annual Membership Meeting

Join Us for the Annual Membership Meeting

Join us on Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the Downey Brewing Company for an informative evening with like-minded supporters of the Rouge River. This year we are recognizing 2019’s Best! We are reaching out for event sponsors…

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Become a Master Rain Gardener! Application Open

Become a Master Rain Gardener! Application Open

Since 2010 hundreds of gardeners have earned certification and built beautiful rain gardens. Design your own rain garden, receive friendly encouragement each step, and become your neighborhood expert! Apply today.

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Rouge Frog & Toad Survey Needs Volunteers

Rouge Frog & Toad Survey Needs Volunteers

Interested in surveying Rouge wetlands for calling frogs and toads? Sign up to survey a block near you. Register for the training workshop on Saturday, March 7th at the Livonia Civic Center Library from 10 AM – 12 PM.

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FOTR Happenings

2020 Annual Membership Meeting

Thursday, March 19, 2020 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Downey Brewing Company13121 Prospect StreetDearborn, MI 48126Parking (details to follow). Join us for an informative evening...
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PARC Capital Campaign

Help FOTR in our new space!
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The FOTR Wish List

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Our Services

Friends of the Rouge in ACTION

Rouge Rescue

Rouge Education Project

River Restoration

River Monitoring

Rouge River Water Trail

Our annual river clean up

Since 1986, volunteers have removed large quantities of trash from the river. Public perception shifted from the river as an open sewer and a place to dump trash to its restoration including invasive plants removal, installation of native plantings, and stabilization of stream banks.

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School-based environmental education

We involve elementary, middle, and high schools from across southeastern Michigan. Students learn about the Rouge River in class, and then perform hands-on scientific exploration of the river on a field trip to its banks. They are encouraged to take action to restore and protect the river.

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How we care for the land

How we care for the land impacts water quality in our local lakes and rivers. The River Restoration program teaches residents of the watershed how to manage their land to improve water quality and to provide wildlife habitat through hands-on projects and educational events.

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Residents become citizen scientists

This program engages residents to become citizen scientists, collecting data about the health of the watershed through biological indicator species (bugs, frogs, fish, etc.) that reflect the long-term health of the watershed. As water quality improves, bugs frogs and fish are returning.

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Along 29.25 miles of the Lower Rouge

FOTR is currently working with local partners to develop a water trail on 29.25 miles of the Lower Rouge from Canton to the Detroit River. Much of the river corridor is protected within Wayne County Parks, making it ideal for the development of launches and amenities.

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Volunteer to Make a Difference

Friends of the Rouge began as a volunteer organization, so volunteerism sits at the core of mission to serve the Rouge River watershed.

Become a Member

Be part of the legacy. Support the vital work we do by helping us meet critical milestones for programs that make a lasting impact of the Rouge River watershed’s health.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Get involved! Support our diverse programs through sponsorships that have the power to make real and lasting change for the health of the Rouge River watershed!

Networking to Build Community

Our community stakeholders, partners, and alliances make our watershed healthier! Thank you to all who make a difference by caring about the Rouge River.

Financial Transparency

We adhere to all federal and state regulations, produce annual financial audits, submit all reporting documents in a timely manner with clear accounting methods and record keeping.

FAQs

Curious about something in the Rouge? We may already have an answer to commonly asked questions regarding our organization or the watershed. Check out our FAQs HERE.

Our Sponsors

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