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Job Opportunity - Restoration Mantor
Restoration Landscape Architect & Mentor
...for Landscape Design restoration staff working to obtain full Landscape Architecture certification. Applications due by Feb. 11, 2022.
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Rare Mussels Discovered
Rare Mussels Discovered
while conducting routine fish surveys
These freshwater mussels are some of the most threatened creatures in North America with 70% of species imperiled. They have a unique relationship with fish.
Rare Mussels Discovered in Rouge River
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We are excited to welcome and introduce you to the newest Friend at Friends of the Rouge, Amber, our new Biological Monitoring Intern! Amber was out in the field this past weekend for the Stonefly Search. Welcome Amber!

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We are excited to welcome and introduce you to the newest Friend at Friends of the Rouge, Amber, our new Biological Monitoring Intern! Amber was out in the field this past weekend for the Stonefly Search. Welcome Amber! 

#FriendsOfTheRouge #RougeFriends #NewFriend #StoneflySearch

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Welcome Amber!

Enjoy, it's valuable work! Thanks

Welcome.thank you..

ATTENTION ALL ARTISIT: The Detroit River Coalition is now accepting all forms of art for this year's Earth Day Art Exhibition! What does Earth Day mean to you? Submit your piece by March 4th. Learn more at www.detroitrivercoalition.com/callforartists. 🎨🎭🩰🎼🌍💧CALL FOR ARTISTS!

The Detroit River Coalition invites artists in the US and Canada to participate in an #EarthDay Exhibition at the Belle Isle Aquarium, scheduled for April 21 2022.

Entry deadline is Friday March 4 2022. Each artist selected will be highlighted through DRC channels and will receive invitation(s) to attend the Earth Day opening reception on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at the Belle Isle Aquarium.

All ages and mediums, including performing arts, are invited to submit. Themes include: #ClimatChange, #ClimateJustice, #EarthDay, #Environmental #Conservation, #Stewardship, #IntersectionalEnvironmentalism, #MarineDebris,#SingleUsePlastic, #Ocean #Conservation, #GreatLakes, #DetroitRiver.

Detroit River Coalition members: Detroit River Canadian Cleanup Michigan Department of Natural Resources Friends of the Detroit River Detroit Riverfront Green Living Science Belle Isle Conservancy Friends of the Rouge Essex Region Conservation

For more information: www.detroitrivercoalition.com/callforartists
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ATTENTION ALL ARTISIT:  The Detroit River Coalition is now accepting all forms of art for this years Earth Day Art Exhibition! What does Earth Day mean to you? Submit your piece by March 4th. Learn more at https://www.detroitrivercoalition.com/callforartists. 🎨🎭🩰🎼🌍💧

Way to go Aditya! 🌟 We love seeing students' amazing art work inspiring environmental action. 🎨🌎💧
Pick yourself up a free 2022 calendar today at select OC libraries or stop by our office (while they last)! 🗓️Congratulations to Troy's Barnard student, Aditya Yogesh, the 2022 Kids' Clean Water Calendar Grand Prize Contest Winner. He has made history by winning the coveted calendar cover for the second consecutive year, which is a first for any student in the 17-year history of the contest. The contest is made possible by the Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner's Office, Pure Oakland Water, and countless sponsors. Free calendars are available at select local libraries listed on WRC's website at www.oakgov.com/water.
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Way to go Aditya! 🌟 We love seeing students amazing art work inspiring environmental action. 🎨🌎💧
Pick yourself up a free 2022 calendar today at select OC libraries or stop by our office (while they last)! 🗓️

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Wow! That’s quite an achievement! Extra wonderful!

Looks great !

Good for you!

Awesomeness 👏👏💕Great Job🙌

4 days ago
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Awesome work thanks! Made our pet toad hungry lol

Where is this particular site? Southfield?

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Jacob Fagerstrom

Our Stonefly Searchers are also testing sites for road salt as part of the #izaakwaltonleague #WinterSaltWatch. Too much salt runs off into our streams and harms aquatic life. This site is not too bad at 3.2 or 101 ppm but some sites are very high. ... See MoreSee Less

Our Stonefly Searchers are also testing sites for road salt as part of the #IzaakWaltonLeague #WinterSaltWatch. Too much salt runs off into our streams and harms aquatic life.  This site is not too bad at 3.2 or 101 ppm but some sites are very high.
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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.

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Hear Our Voice
We acknowledge …the systemic injustices and pervasive racism that occurs for people of color.
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A Better Rouge For Us All

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.

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