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Rouge Rescue 2021
What Will Your Legacy Be?
Rouge Rescue May 15, 2021
Since 1986, volunteers across the watershed's communities work to improve the Rouge River for generations to come.
Rouge Rescue
Redford Rain Gardens
Rain Garden planting parties in Redford Township!
May 19th, 23rd & June 5
Help improve YOUR river, YOUR community & habitat for butterflies, birds & other pollinators.
Redford Rain Gardens
Raining Gardens at PARC
It's Raining Gardens at FOTR's PARC office
May 19th – end of June
Create a world-class rain garden demonstration site with the FOTR Friends. 35 small group morning or afternoon sessions of learning and planting!
Raining Gardens at PARC
Rain Barrels
20% off Native Plants, Rain Barrels, and Composters
Rain Barrel + Native Plants = Winning Combo!
Select from low priced, pick-up-only, plant kits, rain barrels, and composters OR explore options for shipped-to-your-door full flat native plants.
In Solidarity
In Solidarity
We acknowledge ...
the systemic injustices and pervasive racism that occurs for people of color.
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A Better Rouge Video
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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Rouge Rescue

Connecting Rouge River Communities Each spring Friends of the Rouge, in partnership with Rouge communities, brings volunteers together from across the watershed to work toward...
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PARC Capital Campaign

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Hey Friends!! It's rain barrel & native plant pick-up day! Didn't order ahead? You can shop individual native plants and other goodies from 1-4 PM today, Saturday May 15th!! ... See MoreSee Less

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I have tried calling into sign up for the rain barrel and I can’t get anyone to return my calls or let me know how I can get one

Hi! Picked up our wildflower kit today but the plants don't have any labels. Can you identify what was in the kits for the sake of planting them in height order? Thanks!

Here's a great video about how to pull invasive garlic mustard! Have you seen this around your community or local park? Do you part and pull it. Get out on your own and let us know how much garlic mustard you've pulled! ... See MoreSee Less

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Cindy Wigton Bailey

Pulling is a great way to go. I rarely have second year plants anymore so now I concentrate on first year which are also easy to pull and identify Now what to do about red dead nettle???

You can eat it you know

We pulled a bunch on the Kroger trail in Dearborn. I’ve been working a lot on the thicket area next to Ford Field park upper but it’s colonizing there between the houses and the park. 😢

I had a reaction to it last year but I get dermatitis from several plants.

I walk past loads of it every day, it's thriving in a large pond area. Unfortunately, there is no public access.

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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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