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Post Fall Paddle Trip 2021
Fall Paddle Trip 2021!
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Over 25 paddlers met to paddle from Dearborn Hills downstream to Ford Field Park. The trip delivered a spectacular perspective of the Rouge.
Fall Paddle Trip 2021
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Join our online, interactive "Explore the Rouge" activity. Learn about the environment and Rouge River watershed and come up with solutions to concerns in your community.
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Next Wednesday, November 3rd, come out to help plant 150 native trees from 9:30am to 5pm with Marine Pollution Control Corporation employees! 🌳 Reach out to Kevin if you're interested in participating. ... See MoreSee Less

Next Wednesday, November 3rd, come out to help plant 150 native trees from 9:30am to 5pm with Marine Pollution Control Corporation  employees! 🌳 Reach out to Kevin if youre interested in participating.

Please join us this Saturday for a fun, fall rain garden maintenance workshop! Learn what to take out and what to leave in your garden for the winter and how you can apply for green credits for your rain garden or other green stormwater infrastructure project in Detroit. Register NOW at tinyurl.com/FallRGM. 🍂🌼🌧 You can also share our Facebook event page at fb.me/e/2NpXs7wQ0.

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Please join us this Saturday for a fun, fall rain garden maintenance workshop! Learn what to take out and what to leave in your garden for the winter and how you can apply for green credits for your rain garden or other green stormwater infrastructure project in Detroit. Register NOW at tinyurl.com/FallRGM. 🍂🌼🌧 You can also share our Facebook event page at https://fb.me/e/2NpXs7wQ0. 

Detroit Future City

🍂🎃Looking for a fun, outdoor, spook-tacular way to celebrate Halloween for all ages? Join Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy for their Nature of Halloween walk and get to know more about some of the day's not-so-scary mascots! 🦇🦉🕷🐁The Nature of Halloween
Sunday Oct 31, 2021 @ 1 pm
Airport Natural Area
Enter at 28820 East River Rd, Grosse Ile

Join us for this spooktacular program as we learn about the natural history of the plants and animals that are associated with Halloween!

GINLC.education@gmail.com for information.
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🍂🎃Looking for a fun, outdoor, spook-tacular way to celebrate Halloween for all ages? Join Grosse Ile Nature & Land Conservancy for their Nature of Halloween walk and get to know more about some of the days not-so-scary mascots! 🦇🦉🕷🐁
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PARC Capital Campaign

Help FOTR in our new space!
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The FOTR Wish List

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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.

Our Sponsors

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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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