Volunteers are needed on Saturday January 20 to help search for these sensitive aquatic insects. We meet at 9:00 am at the Environmental Interpretive Center at UM-D and venture out in 12 teams to sample sites all over the watershed. Pre-registration is required and you can even pick your team and sites.
Friends of the Rouge has been working to promote restoration and stewardship of the Rouge River watershed for 30 years. We invite you to join us and get involved in our programs and projects.
The Rouge River Watershed has eight species of frogs and toads with eight unique calls. Sign-up to learn the calls and determine what species live in your nearby wetland by listening for the calls at night. Interested surveyors need to attend a two hour training.
Friends of the Rouge shared their event.
Happy to hear they are predicting we will come out of the deep freeze for the Stonefly Search tomorrow! Might still have to crack some ice.
Winter Stonefly Search
Starting in 1986, volunteers removed large quantities of trash from the river. As sites improved, 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.Learn more...
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.Learn more...
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.Learn more...
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.Learn more...
FOTR is currently working with local partners to develop a water trail on 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.Learn more...
Our community stakeholders, partners, and alliances make our watershed healthier! Thank you to all who make a difference by caring about the Rouge River.
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.
Any chance that we have to expose our students to science in the world outside of our classrooms is an opportunity to expose them to new passions. We know that days like this have the potential to change the trajectory of a student’s life.
We’re all connected to our environment, whether we realize it or not. I am making a difference by educating myself, and educating others, that our actions and attitudes affect the habitats around us. I am always proud to tell them that the Rouge is much improved over the past decade, thanks to the collective efforts of sponsors and volunteers.
By working with the FOTR, it helps to improve my skills as a scientist and gives my graduate work new meaning. Knowing that what I am doing could potentially help save an ecosystem like the Rouge River is inspiring to me as a future scientist.
Your volunteer group has been amazing this year. All the work they have done with the native plantings and cleaning up around the water looks top notch. Spreading the sand and stone at the boat launch has really improved the area visually and, according to the users comments below, it functions much better to launch boats. Please let your volunteer group know that their work is extremely appreciated by parks staff as well as the visitors.