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.
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.
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.
Friends of the Rouge is attending an event at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Interesting panel discussion at the Land and Water Works Summit moderated by Stephen Henderson. ... See MoreSee Less
Western chorus frogs welcomed the first day of spring in Salem Township. Thank you, Frog & Toad Surveyor Amy, for sending. ... See MoreSee Less
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!
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.Learn more...
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.Learn more...
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.Learn more...
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.Learn more...
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.Learn more...
Our community stakeholders, partners, and alliances make our watershed healthier! Thank you to all who make a difference by caring about the Rouge River.
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.
Any chance that we have to expose our students to science in the world outside of our classrooms is an opportunity to expose them to new passions. We know that days like this have the potential to change the trajectory of a student’s life.
We’re all connected to our environment, whether we realize it or not. I am making a difference by educating myself, and educating others, that our actions and attitudes affect the habitats around us. I am always proud to tell them that the Rouge is much improved over the past decade, thanks to the collective efforts of sponsors and volunteers.
By working with the FOTR, it helps to improve my skills as a scientist and gives my graduate work new meaning. Knowing that what I am doing could potentially help save an ecosystem like the Rouge River is inspiring to me as a future scientist.
Your volunteer group has been amazing this year. All the work they have done with the native plantings and cleaning up around the water looks top notch. Spreading the sand and stone at the boat launch has really improved the area visually and, according to the users comments below, it functions much better to launch boats. Please let your volunteer group know that their work is extremely appreciated by parks staff as well as the visitors.