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Rouge Rescue must go on — online!

Rouge Rescue must go on — online!

Join the ONLINE Rouge-wide challenge! Compete with your friends and neighbors to complete meaningful Rouge Rescue activities at home. Earn points for each activity completed, achieve special badges, and Rescue the Rouge Every Day!

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Nature is Open!

Nature is Open!

Nature boosts our physical and emotional well-being. Nature helps calm and comfort during difficult times. Now, more than ever, time outside is essential. Thankfully, Nature Is Open! Share photos or video as you get outside to help motivate your friends to stay healthy.

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Save Water, Save Money, with a Rain barrel!

Save Water, Save Money, with a Rain barrel!

Enjoy MASSIVE discounts on your rain barrel through a bulk non-profit purchase. With 5 color choices available, start saving on your water bill with the perfect barrel for your home. Pre-order today with four convenient pick-up dates.

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FOTR Happenings

PARC Capital Campaign

Help FOTR in our new space!
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The FOTR Wish List

Every little bit helps!
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Your Rouge, Your Story

We all have a story to tell; why we are passionate about the Rouge River, how we got involved with FOTR… Share Yours Today! Storytellers...
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Introducing: The Rouge River Mural:
Janisse Larsson, artist & naturalist, has created captivating scenes of your Rouge River. Flip through these wonderful images for a moment of beauty, hear the artist in her own words, and take a sneak peak at the new mural gracing the walls outside the Friends of the Rouge office in the PARC building in downtown Plymouth, MI.

~This incredible gift of art was funded through the caring generosity of Mark and Patty Malcolm~
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As a child I took many walks with my father and our dog along the Rouge River. Janisse did a beautiful job!

Fabulous Janisse!



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I grow up on the rouge river I always love ❤️ the river thank you 4 what all you r doing the river deserve that I’ll been following you guys I’ll keep that up I like to Volunteer anyway to get a hold of that information thank you

❤❤❤ mornin buddy

Imagine Open Ford Field pond to u of m to the Detroit River can’t do it because of log jams

Great job.

Can you see the log jams no lol

Will we be able to canoe thru

Sonya Gray

Do you have any plans to expand trails more towards the other way?

Will the expansion be handicap accessible?

Thank you for your lovely presentation of the Rouge River trail!

I LOVE this spot! One of my favorite places to walk!

Beautiful morning on The Rouge!

Beautiful morning to walk!

I want to row that river!🚣🏻‍♀️

love it over there!

A special place.

So sorry I missed this live. Love this spot! I used to walk it almost every day when the FOTR Office was on UM-D campus.

Nice view!

Marie McCormick What part of the river were my parents on ?


Where are you Marie?

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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.


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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