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FOTR Advocacy

This page serves as a clearinghouse for the Advocacy and Lobbying work Friends of the Rouge is doing as an organization.

In 2022


June 16, 2022: The Executive Director signed onto a letter to the EPA regarding the continuing implementation of the new State Revolving Fund (SRF) funding provided by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) of 2021, as requested by the HOW. View the letter Here.

May 17, 2022: The Executive Director signed onto Great Lakes Coalition Senate WRDA 2022 Letter of Support, as requested by HOW. View the letter HERE.


April 14, 2022: Press here to view details

The Executive Director signed letters on behalf of FOTR to the Appropriations Committees in Congress which are subdivided into 12 subcommittees. Five of them direct appropriation funds for our priorities. The letters linked to below are to the following subcommittees:

Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Energy and Water Development, and Related Agencies

Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

State, Foreign Operation, and Related Agencies


January, 31 2022: Signed onto Healing Our Waters (HOW) Letter urging WOTUS to strengthen Clean Water Protections. View the letter HERE.

January 31, 2022: Submitted letter, requested by community members, to the City of Northville Planning and Zoning Commission. View the letter HERE.

January 12, 2022: Signed onto Healing Our Waters (HOW) Letter urging for equitable implementation of water infrastructure funding. View the letter HERE.

January 12, 2022: The Executive Director made a statement, reviewed by the Advocacy Committee for review and certified by Mike Wilczynski, that may be used for future requests on watershed development activities.

In 2021

December 20, 2021: Responded to a letter drafted by the City of Detroit Council Member Scott Benson, District 3, regarding a third shoreline collapse in the Detroit River due to poor management from Detroit Bulk Storage. Rather than sign the original letter, FOTR drafted our own letter due to concerns about FOTR’s ability to suggest that a company be barred from doing business in a community.