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Help Search for Stoneflies in Rouge Tributaries

Help Search for Stoneflies in Rouge Tributaries

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.

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Teaching our children the legacy of the Rouge

Teaching our children the legacy of the Rouge

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.

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Monitor Rouge Wetlands for Calling Frogs & Toads

Monitor Rouge Wetlands for Calling Frogs & Toads

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.

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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 SearchJan 20, 9:00amEnvironmental Interpretive Center, University of Michigan - DearbornHelp Friends of the Rouge search Rouge streams for these sensitive aquatic insects. We almost had to cancel this year due to a funding loss but supporters came through. Volunteers travel with a team to two sites on the river where they look through samples collected by their team leader. No experience necessary, just an interest in what live in the river and an ability to dress for the weather and tolerate cold. More info and to Register
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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

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.

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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 25 miles of the Lower Rouge

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.

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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.

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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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