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2023 Annual Membership Meeting
Wed., April 13, 4-5:30 p.m.
We hope you'll join us [virtually] for this sharing and award announcements – please register.
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Spring Bug Hunters Needed
Sat. April 15, 2023 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Registration Deadline April 6
Volunteers needed to search for bugs from samples.
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Learn more about FOTR's citizen science efforts through the upcoming Great Lakes Now episode premiering tonight at 7:30pm! Your are also invited to take part in citizen science at the upcoming Spring Bug Hunt on April 15, from 10am-3pm!

Bug Hunt registration: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScuvSH-JUSxWpepNG526XEewlKmV3vanFQR2lsDiC0CX9o0AA/viewform
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I remember many more sticks in the way.

Great job Sally!

Check out the important findings published by Ecology Center regarding PFAS and the community led webinar on the study results.

In 2022, six anglers who eat fish from the river joined FOTR’s ranks of community scientists when they agreed to collect fish for PFAS testing. These anglers used a hook and line at 15 locations in the Rouge, Huron, and Detroit Rivers to collect one hundred fish as part of a partnership with the Ecology Center and Huron River Watershed Council to test the whole fish for these forever chemicals. Late last month, the Ecology Center released the results of the PFAS testing, and they were sobering, with 100% of the fish tested containing PFAS.

View the full report here: www.ecocenter.org/sites/default/files/2023-02/Fish%20Report%202023%20V2.pdf

Watch the March 16, community led, webinar: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfgRU6QSb
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Check out the important findings published by Ecology Center regarding PFAS and the community led webinar on the study results.

In 2022, six anglers who eat fish from the river joined FOTR’s ranks of community scientists when they agreed to collect fish for PFAS testing. These anglers used a hook and line at 15 locations in the Rouge, Huron, and Detroit Rivers to collect one hundred fish as part of a partnership with the Ecology Center and Huron River Watershed Council to test the whole fish for these forever chemicals. Late last month, the Ecology Center released the results of the PFAS testing, and they were sobering, with 100% of the fish tested containing PFAS.

View the full report here: https://www.ecocenter.org/sites/default/files/2023-02/Fish%20Report%202023%20V2.pdf

Watch the March 16, community led, webinar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfgRU6QSbImage attachmentImage attachment

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Man-kind will kill the earth 🌎 So step in where you can and help save it !

Hi Friends! The 2022 FOTR Annual Report is hot off the press! Check out the impact you made possible in 2022!😃💙📚

Link to Report: therouge.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/RougeAnnualReport_22_Final-for-web.pdf?blm_aid=1167965193
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Hi Friends! The 2022 FOTR Annual Report is hot off the press! Check out the impact you made possible in 2022!😃💙📚

Link to Report: https://therouge.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/03/RougeAnnualReport_22_Final-for-web.pdf?blm_aid=1167965193

Thank you for kicking off the 2023 paddling season with Friends of the Rouge at our annual End of Winter Paddle Trip. The year's trip lived up to its name with temperatures in the 20's! 😯 It was still great to see some familiar faces and connect with new friends around the fire! 🛶🌨🔥

If you were not able to join the trip, your next chance to paddle the Rouge will be Saturday, May 13 for the Open Water Spring Birding Paddle Trip, hosted in partnership with Detroit Audubon. You may register here: docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqa5SAk1bOUYmcJSWqmsKr2IiED7Wd8v_3hhj3mngbJYO-0g/viewform.
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Thank you for kicking off the 2023 paddling season with Friends of the Rouge at our annual End of Winter Paddle Trip. The years trip lived up to its name with temperatures in the 20s! 😯 It was still great to see some familiar faces and connect with new friends around the fire! 🛶🌨🔥

If you were not able to join the trip, your next chance to paddle the Rouge will be Saturday, May 13 for the Open Water Spring Birding Paddle Trip, hosted in partnership with Detroit Audubon. You may register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqa5SAk1bOUYmcJSWqmsKr2IiED7Wd8v_3hhj3mngbJYO-0g/viewform.Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

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Will there be more information such as start time and duration? I registered but want to make sure I get the rest of the info in time.

I just registered for the May 13 trip. Hopefully I can paddle by then. I will be a safety boater.

Rick Sowinski... I would have loved to do this!!

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Friends of the Rouge in ACTION

Rouge Rescue

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River Restoration

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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.

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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.

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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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