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Rouge Rescue Backyard Fair
Rouge Rescue Backyard Fair & Native Plant Sale
Sunday 5/22 in Southfield, 1-5pm
Make 2022 the year you do great things, starting in your own backyard! Shop for native plants, meet like minded community members, and learn from experts at a fun, family-friendly event.
Rouge Rescue 2022
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Rouge Rescue is your time to act! Make your world better, starting from your backyard and up. New this year: explore weekly themes, with volunteer and learning opportunities
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2022 Water Trail Paddle Events
2022 Paddle Trips
Don’t miss your chance to paddle the Rouge!
If you are an experienced paddler, or if you have never paddled before, we’ve got a trip for you!
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Today is #WorldBeeDay 🐝 As more community members are promoting #NoMowMay, is that really what's best for the bees? This initiative is great to help combat our ideas of what lawns could or should be and encouraging others to reduce or stop using fertilizers and pesticides on their lawns. But, the best thing for native pollinators is.... NATIVE PLANTS! If you are participating in No Mow May, start planning a native flower bed or two to help bees, butterflies, birds and other wildlife. 🌼
Looking for native plants? Stop by our same-day Rouge Rescue Backyard Fair in Southfield on SUNDAY! Go to therouge.org for more info.
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ATTENTION: the Friends of the Rouge office in Plymouth will be closed TODAY through Friday, June 3 due to electrical upgrades in the building. We are sorry for any inconvenience! ... See MoreSee Less

ATTENTION: the Friends of the Rouge office in Plymouth will be closed TODAY through Friday, June 3 due to electrical upgrades in the building. We are sorry for any inconvenience!

Looking for MORE ways to improve and clean up the Rouge this weekend? Check out some of our partner events happening this Saturday! Go to therouge.org/calendar to view all upcoming events and important event details. Choose from litter cleanups, invasive species removal, log jam workdays and more. Get out there and be the difference for YOUR watershed! ... See MoreSee Less

Looking for MORE ways to improve and clean up the Rouge this weekend? Check out some of our partner events happening this Saturday! Go to therouge.org/calendar to view all upcoming events and important event details. Choose from litter cleanups, invasive species removal, log jam workdays and more. Get out there and be the difference for YOUR watershed!

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Link to Northville event: fb.me/e/9M9VRW5gy

Today is #accessibiltyawarenessday! The great outdoors is a place for every-body to enjoy. Accessibility in the outdoors is a major barrier some with disabilities to access equally and we need to have them present during these conversations and not left out!
What is your favorite outdoor activity and how can we take action to make it more accessible for all?! 🎣🦽🦯🛶🦼🚲🐦
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one of my favorite things to do on the Rouge is paddle! I am very excited for the installation of the universal kayak launches on the Lower Rouge to make it more accessible to the community for everyone to enjoy! 🛶

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The FOTR Wish List

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PARC Capital Campaign

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Rain Gardens 101 with Matthew Bertrand

One Water – We Are the Rouge!

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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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