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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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The Rouge River drains 467 square miles with 126 river miles and more than 400 lakes, impoundments and ponds. With all that area, there are tons of recreational opportunities like bird watching, fishing, hiking, kayaking and more!
Friends of the Rouge and partners have been working hard to create a 27 mile paddling trail on the Lower Rouge River. This trail helps connect people to the river's natural environment, its history, and the communities it touches in the watershed. Learn more about kayaking and canoeing on the Rouge River at therouge.org/water-trail/water-trail-paddling/.

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The Rouge River drains 467 square miles with 126 river miles and more than 400 lakes, impoundments and ponds. With all that area, there are tons of recreational opportunities like bird watching, fishing, hiking, kayaking and more! 
Friends of the Rouge and partners have been working hard to create a 27 mile paddling trail on the Lower Rouge River. This trail helps connect people to the rivers natural environment, its history, and the communities it touches in the watershed. Learn more about kayaking and canoeing on the Rouge River at https://therouge.org/water-trail/water-trail-paddling/.

#WorldRiversDayMI #SEMichiganWatersheds #PureMichigan #CelebrateRivers

Do you ever wonder about what lives in the river besides fish and turtles? Come to our fall Rouge River Bug Hunt and see for yourself the amazing variety of aquatic insects, crayfish, snails and clams that make up the bottom of the river food chain. We need citizen scientists like you to sample for these ‘bugs’ at various locations along the river. The results help Friends of the Rouge monitor which species we find in the Rouge and can indicate the health of the water. Learn more about bug hunts and how to get involved at therouge.org/bug-hunts/.

#WorldRiversDayMI #SEMichiganWatersheds #PureMichigan #CelebrateRivers
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Do you ever wonder about what lives in the river besides fish and turtles? Come to our fall Rouge River Bug Hunt and see for yourself the amazing variety of aquatic insects, crayfish, snails and clams that make up the bottom of the river food chain. We need citizen scientists like you to sample for these ‘bugs’ at various locations along the river. The results help Friends of the Rouge monitor which species we find in the Rouge and can indicate the health of the water. Learn more about bug hunts and how to get involved at https://therouge.org/bug-hunts/.

#WorldRiversDayMI #SEMichiganWatersheds #PureMichigan #CelebrateRivers
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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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