Today FOTR began work on a project to survey ponds for crayfish to check for invasive species. Jaclyn Mowry and Gwendolyn Drake are the new interns who will be spending the summer on this project, pictured here with Monitoring Manager Lauren Eaton (center). ... See MoreSee Less
We have crayfish in Rouge Pk
Thank you for all you are doing to help the Rouge! It is a river transformed from when I lived in Dearborn in the early 1970's. Great job!
Our Friends at People's Water Board Coalition are co-hosting the Detroit gala premiere of "Whose Water? The People's Movement for Safe, Affordable Water and Sanitation in the United States." You can view the trailer here: affordablewaternow.org/film/.
The film will be shown on Saturday, June 10, 2023 at 5:00 pm (doors open at 4:00 pm) at the Northwest Campus of Wayne County Community College in the Welcome Center., 8200 Outer Dr. (off the Southfield Fwy between 6 Mile and 7 Mile) in Detroit.
You may purchase tickets on Eventbrite for this fundraising event and onsite. Online tickets are available here: www.eventbrite.com/e/detroit-film-premiere-whose-water-tickets-636772823657?utm-campaign=social&u.... Complimentary appetizers and beverages will be provided. ... See MoreSee Less
Friends, you are invited the new, in-person Volunteer & Member Appreciation Event! This free event is to celebrate YOU: The volunteers, members, Friends, and Best Friend of the Rouge Award Recipients. Please RSVP here: forms.gle/HaEP78PwU6HNWKwcA. 🐸🐸🐸
What: Celebrate with Friends: Awards Ceremony & Gathering on the Rouge
When: Thursday, June 22, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Where: The Warrendale Park Pavilion in Dearborn Heights at: 23300 W Warren Ave, Dearborn Heights, MI 48727 near HYPE Athletics (Overflow parking available at HYPE Athletics)
A picnic dinner, with vegetarian/vegan options, will be provided. ... See MoreSee Less
Check out the recent Rock article featuring a story on the Sparr's Greenhouse development with quotes from FOTR's Executive Director, Marie McCormick. The story is on pages 20-21. ... See MoreSee Less
Engaging students in STEM activities AT the Rouge River makes an impression that lasts a lifetime! Thank you Consumers Energy for growing River science opportunities across the Rouge River Community! www.consumersenergy.com/community/foundation ... See MoreSee Less
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.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 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.Learn more...
Friends of the Rouge began as a volunteer organization, so volunteerism sits at the core of mission to serve the Rouge River watershed.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Hear Our Voice
We acknowledge …the systemic injustices and pervasive racism that occurs for people of color.
You care about the Rouge River. Watch how, together, we have been making your river cleaner and more vibrant for the plants and animals, and for the people of Southeast Michigan to enjoy.
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.
“I envision the new rain garden as a living demonstration for stormwater management in a neighborhood (Hamtramck) that continually suffers from flooding during heavy rains. A place where people can learn how a rain garden can help them naturally manage floods.”
“I really want to thank Friends of the Rouge. You have allowed me to have fun over the years and get involved in something rewarding. With a group like FOTR, you really get to “act locally” by getting directly involved and getting your hands dirty and getting wet. To experience first hand that volunteers can make a difference in protecting and advocating for a local natural feature.”
“You have a lot of kids who come in and say ‘I don’t like science.’ ‘I am not a scientist.’ ‘I have never been to the River.’ The Rouge Education Project changes them.”
“It gives me a rush! I love the thrill of grabbing the big tray of leaves and mud….All that potential of finding what’s alive and waiting to be discovered”
Come visit us at PARC. Our regular business hours are M-Th 10-4.