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FOTR Annual Meeting and Dinner on Wed. March 14

FOTR Annual Meeting and Dinner on Wed. March 14

You are invited to our Annual Meeting and Dinner on Wed. March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Dearborn Hills Golf Course. We will kick off Phase II of the Water Trail with a ribbon cutting, reveal Dearborn’s plans for new canoe/kayak launches in the city, bestow the Annual Best Friend of the Rouge awards, and more.

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Member News: FOTR and ARC Decide Not to Merge

Member News: FOTR and ARC Decide Not to Merge

In 2015 the Friends of the Rouge (FOTR) and the Alliance for Rouge Communities (ARC) began exploring a possible merger. At the end of 2017 both organizations decided against the proposed merger. Learn how each organization plans to independently move forward.

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Monitor Rouge Wetlands for Calling Frogs & Toads

Monitor Rouge Wetlands for Calling Frogs & Toads

Amphibians are sensitive indicators of habitat quality. The Rouge River Watershed has eight species of frogs and toads with eight unique calls. Sign-up to to attend a two-hour training to learn the calls and determine what species live in your nearby wetland by listening for the calls at night.

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Interesting panel discussion at the Land and Water Works Summit moderated by Stephen Henderson. ... See MoreSee Less

Interesting panel discussion at the Land and Water Works Summit moderated by Stephen Henderson.

Western chorus frogs welcomed the first day of spring in Salem Township. Thank you, Frog & Toad Surveyor Amy, for sending. ... See MoreSee Less

Western chorus frogs calling in Salem Township


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Played it and my Jack Russell Terrier went bonkers trying to find the frog in my office:-)

I’m waiting to hear them here in Novi in the pond out back

won't be long now...Let's appreciate this summer by visiting a frog pond..

LOVE to Hear the froggies

A beautiful sound!

Music to my ears

Michael Lapko turn the volume up!


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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.


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