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Capital Campaign Launched for PARC Relocation

Capital Campaign Launched for PARC Relocation

For 32 years, Friends of the Rouge has worked to enhance quality of life for people in the Rouge River watershed community. Needing more operating space, we’ve chosen Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex as our new home and need your help to fund it.

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Get ready to set sail on the 2018 Rouge Cruise!

Get ready to set sail on the 2018 Rouge Cruise!

Set sail on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 for our 10th annual ROUGE CRUISE. Enjoy a unique experience exploring an urban river aboard the Diamond Belle narrated by Dr. Orin Gelderloos, Professor of Biology & Environmental Studies at University of Michigan-Dearborn.

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Apply by July 8th to Become a Master Rain Gardener!

Apply by July 8th to Become a Master Rain Gardener!

Since 2010, hundreds of gardeners have earned certification as a Master Rain Gardener and built beautiful rain gardens! Get your lawn a job, solve big problems, and have FUN each step of the way! Become your neighborhood expert.

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FOTR Happenings

Become a Master Rain Gardener!

2018 Master Rain Gardener Official Course Countdown! 2018 Course Details: Thursday mornings, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Dates: July 12th, July 19th, July 26th, August 9th, August 23rd...
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RainSmart Makeover!

To help you get RainSmart, Friends of the Rouge is pleased to offer up to 12 RainSmart Makeovers: a 50% cost-share rain garden installation for...
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The FOTR Wish List

Every little bit helps!
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PARC Capital Campaign

Help FOTR move to our new space!
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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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