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Job Opportunity - Senior Restoration Coordinator
Restoration Architect
Coordinate GSI education and outreach programs through effective management, budgeting, planning, and delegation. Deadline for Submission:
Sunday, November 27, 2022 11:59 p.m.
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Job Opportunity - Trails Assistant
Trails Assistant
Come join our Team! Serve as project support and assistant staff for the Friends of the Rouge Trails Program. Deadline for Submission:
Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 5:00 PM EST
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FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR YOUR RAIN GARDEN!
Are you ready for a rain garden?
Priority communities include: Detroit, Redford, Highland Park, and Dearborn's South End, but all are welcome to apply.
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Chart your legacy for a better River and a better world—for this generation and the next!
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Come visit the FOTR office tomorrow for the Small Business Saturday Studio Stroll at PARC - Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex from 10am-3pm!

More event info here: fb.me/e/2qXqHarzU.
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Come visit the FOTR office tomorrow for the Small Business Saturday Studio Stroll at PARC - Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex from 10am-3pm!

More event info here: https://fb.me/e/2qXqHarzU.

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Will you support the Rouge Education Project and the next generation of Rouge River Heroes? Today through the end of November, your gift can power local River science to grow the next generation of Rouge River Scientists! 💙🧪🔬

Your $25 gift - matched and doubled - becomes $50 thanks to matching partner Bosch USA! That is the value of a once-in-a-lifetime experience for one student, in waders, at the Rouge River, doing meaningful River science! Give via the Facebook fundraiser: facebook.com/donate/504501075053809/ or visit therouge.org/double-your-impact/.
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Will you support the Rouge Education Project and the next generation of Rouge River Heroes? Today through the end of November, your gift can power local River science to grow the next generation of Rouge River Scientists! 💙🧪🔬

Your $25 gift - matched and doubled - becomes $50 thanks to matching partner Bosch USA! That is the value of a once-in-a-lifetime experience for one student, in waders, at the Rouge River, doing meaningful River science! Give via the Facebook fundraiser: facebook.com/donate/504501075053809/ or visit therouge.org/double-your-impact/.

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"A crayfish. A crayfish! Let's name it."

Do you want to be more involved with restoring, protecting, and enhancing your Rouge River? FOTR is hiring for two positions, a Restoration Architect and a Trails Assistant. Learn more and apply at the therouge.org/get-involved/job-opportunities/. 💧🌱🛶 ... See MoreSee Less

Do you want to be more involved with restoring, protecting, and enhancing your Rouge River? FOTR is hiring for two positions, a Restoration Architect and a Trails Assistant. Learn more and apply at the therouge.org/get-involved/job-opportunities/. 💧🌱🛶Image attachment

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I sent in an application for the Trails Assistant position on the 6th of this month! I now see that the posting was updated to say the position was posted on the 18th. Should I send in another resume and application or will the one I sent in before still be considered? Thank you!

You can make an impact for the Rouge this Giving Tuesday season! Your River, your fish and your community face daily threats: chemical & sewage pollution, extreme weather, flooding, trash, loss of trees, and loss of open space & wildlife habitat. YOUR GIFT DOUBLED now thru Nov. 28 and TRIPLED on Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29)!

Will you make a gift to bring clean water home? Give securely via the Facebook fundraiser: www.facebook.com/donate/504501075053809/ or at therouge.org/double-your-impact/.
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You can make an impact for the Rouge this Giving Tuesday season! Your River, your fish and your community face daily threats: chemical & sewage pollution, extreme weather, flooding, trash, loss of trees, and loss of open space & wildlife habitat. YOUR GIFT DOUBLED now thru Nov. 28 and TRIPLED on Giving Tuesday (Nov. 29)! 

Will you make a gift to bring clean water home? Give securely via the Facebook fundraiser: https://www.facebook.com/donate/504501075053809/ or at https://therouge.org/double-your-impact/.Image attachment

A warm thank you to The Stewardship Network for making a difference for the Rouge River ecosystem and their gift of 200 pairs of work gloves! Also, a sincere thank you to Rivian volunteers for putting the gloves to good use earlier this week in the PARC - Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex rain gardens!😃🌱🧤 ... See MoreSee Less

A warm thank you to The Stewardship Network for making a difference for the Rouge  River ecosystem and their gift of 200 pairs of work gloves! Also, a sincere thank you to Rivian volunteers for putting the gloves to good use earlier this week in the PARC - Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex rain gardens!😃🌱🧤
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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.

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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Hear Our Voice
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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