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Join Us for Earth Day 2021
April 17th – 24th
It’s the 51st anniversary of Earth Day! Celebrate with us by helping out at a local cleanup event or joining a virtual webinar!
Earth Day 2021
20% off Native Plants, Rain Barrels, and Composters
Select from different native plant kits or full-flats of one species with delivery right to your door in time for planting season! OR, choose from lower priced, pick-up-only, plant kits and Upcycled rain barrels.
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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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FOTR Happenings

2021 Earth Day Events

It’s the 51st anniversary of Earth Day! Celebrate with us by helping out at a local cleanup event or joining a virtual webinar! Merriman Hollow...
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PARC Capital Campaign

Help FOTR in our new space!
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The FOTR Wish List

Every little bit helps!
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Don’t miss a thing! Read FOTR news you can use in our Rouge Rundown.

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Road Salt and Your Rouge River

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🌳Residents of Dearborn's South End Community🌳: Still 50/100 trees still available (only $19 or free with scholarship request) to be professionally planted in your front yard!

DID YOU KNOW? Renters can request trees too! Trees will be professionally planted in the publicly owned section of land between the sidewalk and the street, so you don't have to be the property owner to request a tree.

To claim a tree, apply at therouge.org/getatree TODAY.

To watch the 3 minute video intro to this effort: www.facebook.com/FriendsoftheRouge/videos/201117941811378

Or watch the linked 15 minute video below, which talks about the benefits and liabilities of trees.

Trees funded by Cleveland-Cliffs (www.clevelandcliffs.com), the ,, and Concerned Residents for South Dearborn.
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Amanda Marie thought of you and Jon, not sure where you’re located.

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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.

Our Sponsors

  • Cleveland-Cliffs Foundation
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  • Erb Family Foundation logo
  • Great Lakes Water Authority
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  • Ralph C. Wilson Jr., Foundation Parks & Trails logo

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