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Join us for our annual membership gathering

Join us for our annual membership gathering

Join us March 19 for an evening about the Rouge watershed and the efforts by Friends of the Rouge on its behalf. Our keynote speaker is Dr. John Hartig from The Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research.

We hope to see you there.
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Rouge River Artwork Contest - A Showcase of Artistic Ability

Rouge River Artwork Contest - A Showcase of Artistic Ability

What’s in YOUR watershed? The results are in! Our winners will be featured on posters distributed to schools participating in the Rouge Education Project. See the winners of our annual artwork contest. Congratulations!

Check out the winners!
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'Tis the Season to give - it's not too late for 2018!

'Tis the Season to give - it's not too late for 2018!

Tax law allows 2018 donations through April 15, 2019, so it’s not too late to give! We offer many ways to donate in this season of giving. We are so grateful to all who give to the health of the Rouge Watershed.

Don't miss your Giving Moment!

FOTR Happenings

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PARC Capital Campaign

Help FOTR move to our new space!
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We’ve MOVED!

On Sept. 4, 2018, we moved to our new location in the Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex. Come by and visit! Why the PARC location matters…
650 Church Street Suite 209
Plymouth, MI 48170

The FOTR Wish List

Every little bit helps!
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Friends of the Rouge

02/11/19

Friends of the Rouge

Taken in 2014 in a ceremony to honor Congressman John D. Dingell Jr. for his dedication to the Rouge River.

(from left to right) Brandy Siedlaczek (FOTR Board Member, City of Southfield/ Alliance of Rouge Communities), Karen Hanna (FOTR staff), Mayor John O'Riley Jr. (City of Dearborn), Sally Petrella (FOTR staff), Dave Norwood (City of Dearborn), Erin Cassady (FOTR staff), Adam Cloutier (former FOTR Board Member/Henry Ford Community College), Congressman John David Dingell Jr. (former U.S. House of Representatives), Chester Marvin (former FOTR Board Member), Cyndi Ross (FOTR staff), Aimee LaLonde-Norman (former FOTR executive director), Michael Darga (FOTR Board Chair)
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Taken in 2014 in a ceremony to honor Congressman John D. Dingell Jr. for his dedication to the Rouge River. 

(from left to right) Brandy Siedlaczek (FOTR Board Member, City of Southfield/ Alliance of Rouge Communities), Karen Hanna (FOTR staff), Mayor John ORiley Jr. (City of Dearborn), Sally Petrella (FOTR staff), Dave Norwood (City of Dearborn), Erin Cassady (FOTR staff), Adam Cloutier (former FOTR Board Member/Henry Ford Community College), Congressman John David Dingell Jr. (former U.S. House of Representatives), Chester Marvin (former FOTR Board Member), Cyndi Ross (FOTR staff), Aimee LaLonde-Norman (former FOTR executive director), Michael Darga (FOTR Board Chair)

 

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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 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.

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.

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