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Green Your Neighborhood Community Forum
Each Monday in March
These free events are open to everyone and are a fun event to learn more about how to Green Your Neighborhood!
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Bug Hunt Events & Training
Come along & hunt bugs with us!
Spring Bug Hunt
Sat., April 17, 2021 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

We need your eyes, hands, and boots on the ground!
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Rouge Store Open!
Gift cards, rain barrels + more!
It's always a great time to give the gift of clean water, whether to loved ones or for yourself! Options include a FOTR membership, an outdoor consultation experience, rain barrels, or a gift card.
In Solidarity
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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PARC Capital Campaign

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Road Salt and Your Rouge River

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Friends of the Rouge

You are invited to enjoy a second short film created by Friends of the Rouge about the Rouge River in winter and the people who love it! This week hear from Alex Knoch with Motor City Canoe Rental - Oakwoods Metropark about paddling at Ford Field park! ... See MoreSee Less

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Talk to me if you want to know anything. I’m one of the volunteers that cleans the river and woods in the winter

This sounds like a wonderful idea. I'd love to do it.

So when are the docks being built?

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What kind of kayak do you recommend for the river at this time of year

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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.


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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