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In the News 2023

November 17, 2023
C&G News: The Friends of the Rouge discover discharge in Booth Park

October 18, 2023
Fox 2 Detroit: Friends of the Rouge hosting its Annual Haunted Paddle

October 10, 2023
WSJM: Environmental groups recommend using raked leaves for compost

October 9, 2023
CBS Detroit: Friends of the Rouge tells you to Leave the Leaves this fall

August 5, 2023
University of Michigan SEAS: The Rain Garden Ripple Effect

June 28, 2023
The Detroit News: Michigan activists seek policies to curb pollution in industrial neighborhoods

June 16, 2023
Fox 2 Detroit: LaNita’s Pocket Park sparks new life into old Detroit neighborhood

June 15, 2023
Yahoo! Life: National Canoe and Kayak Day

June 15, 2023
Fox 2 Detroit: National Canoe and Kayak Day

May 20, 2023
The Rock: Developer Promises ‘Wow Factor’ But Sparr’s redevelopment plan fuels opposition

May 1, 2023
Michigan Radio: Once beset by industrial pollution, Rouge River on a slow path to recovery

April 29, 2023
The ‘Ville: Coming Back Full Force: Rouge Rescue organizers say public’s help is vital for river’s health

April 24, 2023
Hometown Life: Dam good news: Beavers came back to Rouge River and decided to stay

April 21, 2023
The Rock: Coming Back Full Force – Rouge Rescue organizers say public’s help vital for river’s health

April 20, 2023
The Detroit News: How to celebrate Earth Day in Metro Detroit this year

April 19, 2023
Fox 2 Detroit: Feel free to not mow your lawn this May, city of Ferndale says

April 13, 2023
Fox 2 Detroit: Spring Planting with Marie McCormick and Derek Kevra

March 31, 2023
Sage Journals: Paddling Together: Water Trails as Innovative Public Health Strategies

March 22, 2023
C&G Newspapers: ‘Forever chemicals’ found in Rouge, Huron River fish

March 17, 2023
Spartan News Room: Michigan’s Magnet Man attracts river trash

March 15, 2023
The Detroit News: Dearborn to pump $30M in public parks, including upgrades to Camp Dearborn

March 14, 2023
Detroit Free Press: Beavers reclaim land in southeast Michigan

March 7, 2023
WDET 101.9FM: New study shows all fish tested from Huron and Rouge Rivers have PFAS

February 20, 2023
Hometown Life: Northville Downs project in Plymouth Township clears first hurdle

February 8, 2023
Press & Guide: Got frogs? Help the Friends of the Rouge find out

February 9, 2023
The Oakland Press: Public help sought for Frog and Toad Survey in Southeast Michigan

January 23, 2023
Michigan Environmental Council (MEC): In a Sea of Flooding, Ever-Growing Oases Rise

January 20, 2023
Great Lakes Echo: Toxic hotspot builds nontoxic community engagement

In the News 2022

December 20, 2022
The Rock: A Long Time Coming: Federal grants will help restore Wilcox and Phoenix Lakes

November 10, 2022
Expedition Detroit: The Rouge River: Detroit’s Greatest Outdoor Exploration Opportunity

October 31, 2022
The Rock: Bud to Beast, Featuring FOTR Invasive Tree of Heaven Removal on Pages 26-27

October 31, 2022
The Rock: Henry Ford Health Systems, Featuring FOTR Rain Gardens on Pages 16-17

October 26, 2022
The ‘Ville: A Growing Problem, Featuring FOTR Invasive Tree of Heaven Removal on Pages 44-45

October 20, 2022
Fox 2 Detroit: Things to do this weekend in Southeast Michigan

October 18, 2022
Fox 2 Detroit: Explore the Rouge River during Haunted Paddle kayak and canoe trip

October 14, 2022
Spartan News Room: Book details the rescue of one of the nation’s most polluted rivers

October 13, 2022
Oakland County Times: West Bloomfield Historical Society, Affirmations, Friends of the Rouge and More Receive CFSEM Grants

October 13, 2022
Metromode: Closing Michigan’s ‘adventure gap’: Floating classroom gets hundreds of students out on the water

October 13, 2022
Detroit Free Press: Multiple Michigan nonprofits to receive grants from pool of $14.5M: Who’s getting one

October 10, 2022
Detroit Free Press ‘Torch’ carrier Bethany Howard has burning desire to serve in Detroit

October 10, 2022
Great Lakes Echo: Book details how a watershed community rescued one of the nation’s most polluted rivers

October 7, 2022
Great Lakes Now: Great Lakes Moment: Rouge River Revived

September 27, 2022
The Detroit News: Local students dive into water-related issues at Detroit River Water Festival

July 14, 2022
U of M SEAS: Landscape Architecture alum Matthew Bertrand: Rain gardens, community and Friends of the Rouge

July 14, 2022
MetroMode: 8 Things: Outdoor fun to squeeze into your summer

June 29, 2022
C&G News: State group names Tamarack Creek restoration Project of the Year

June 26, 2022
WXYZ Detroit: Michigan Watersheds Celebrate National Canoe and Kayak Day

June 24, 2022
Macomb Daily: Celebrate National Canoe and Kayak Day with CRWC

June 24, 2022
Royal Oak Tribune: Celebrate National Canoe and Kayak Day with the CRWC

June 21, 2022
Model D: Construction underway for New Milwaukee Plaza, Henry Ford Health’s new pocket park in New Center

June 10, 2022
Windsorite.ca News: Nine Local Community Organizations Receive Funding From The Gordie Howe International Bridge Community Benefits Plan

June 6, 2022
Great Lakes Now: Great Lakes Moment: Rewilding Metropolitan Detroit

June 1, 2022
Downtown News Magazine: Safer winter roads but at a cost to water quality

May 17, 2022
Click On Detroit: 23 Michigan organizations will be awarded grants for stream cleanup

May 14, 2022
WXYZ Detroit: Rouge Rescue to host Backyard Fair & Native Plant Sale

May 7, 2022
Hometown Life: Water levels in Wayne County streams, yards higher than normal. Here’s why

May 5, 2022
The Detroit News: [Subscriber Article] Beneficial rain gardens help manage water on your property

April 23, 2022
The Detroit News: Magnet fishers clean up Rouge River to celebrate Earth Day

April 21, 2022
Michigan Radio: State wildlife officials ask for public’s help in avian flu outbreak

April 21, 2022
Fox 2 News Detroit Coverage: Friends of the Rouge Working to Plant Thousands of Trees
(Video 1, Video 2)

April 11, 2022
Great Lakes Now: Earth Day 2022: What can you do and where?

April 9, 2022
WXYZ Detroit Live Coverage: Group Working to Plant 13K Trees
(Video 1, Video 2, Video 3, Video 4)

April 9, 2022
C&G News: Friends of the Rouge to hold spring sale of native plants, rain barrels

April 4, 2022
TV20 WMYD Detroit News: Volunteers Needed for Lower Rouge Tree Planting

March 29, 2022
Detroit Is It: The Dirt on the Best Earth Day Cleanups 2022 in &Amp; Around Detroit

March 11, 2022
Civic Center TV: Friends of the Rouge’s Exec. Director Marie McCormick Wants to Protect the Rouge River

March 8, 2022
C&G Newspapers: Rouge River receives funding for restoration

February 17, 2022
Crain’s Detroit Business: Commentary: Metro Detroit needs combined approach to fight sewer overflows

February 17, 2022
The Detroit News: [Subscriber Only Article] How $1B in federal aid for Great Lakes will clean up 9 areas in Michigan by 2030

January 12, 2022
Fox 2 News Detroit: Rouge River Winter Stonefly Search

January 2, 2022
The Oakland Press: Oakland County community calendar Jan. 2 and beyond

In the News 2021

December, 21, 2021
Channel 7 Action News: Fat, Oil & Grease in Holiday Cooking

November 12, 2021
REACH Your Best Health: November 2021 Community Newsletter

November 9, 2021
Model D: This nonprofit coalition is leveling up public understanding of Detroit’s water infrastructure

November 9, 2021
The Pink Report News: This nonprofit coalition is leveling up public understanding of Detroit’s water infrastructure

October 24, 2021
Crain’s Detroit Business (Subscriber Only Article): Small Business Spotlight: Restaurants, nonprofits and more thrive and expand reach by turning to tech

October 29, 2021
The Oakland Press: Leadership Oakland announces its Cornerstone Program participants

October 5, 2021
La Explosiva Detroit Radio: Friends of the Rouge Interview en Español

August 10, 2021
Fox 2 Detroit: ‘We’ve arrived,’ Experts see climate change’s hand prints all over Detroit’s summer of severe weather

July 15, 2021
Fox 2 Detroit: 6 flood prevention tips for Metro Detroit residents

July 14, 2021
Fox 2 Detroit: Rain gardens in parking lots can reduce flooding and pollution

July 8, 2021
The Detroit News: (Subscriber Only Article) Storms push 10B gallons of sewage into Michigan waterways. Here’s where

July 8, 2021
WHMI 93.5FM: Meeting To Highlight Invasive European Frog-Bit Plant

July 8, 2021
WHMI 93.5FM: SEMCOG Webinar Focuses On Water Safety, Stewardship, Accessibility

July 2, 2021
National Wildlife Federation Blog: Detroit Houses of Worship Join Hands in Addressing Stormwater Runoff

June 30, 2021
Grist: In the Midwest, faith communities are ramping up the fight against climate change

June 29, 2021
WXYZ Detroit: Flooding impact: How diluted raw sewage gets into metro Detroit waterways

June 26, 2021
The Pink Report News: You can celebrate Southeast Michigan’s watersheds on National Canoe and Kayak Day on Saturday

June 24, 2021
Detroit Metro Times: You can celebrate Southeast Michigan’s watersheds on National Canoe and Kayak Day on Saturday

June 22, 2021
Fox 2 News Detroit: National Canoe and Kayak Day

June 10, 2021
Hometown Life: Plymouth rain garden-planting project will help prevent flooding, dried-up creeks

May 15, 2021
WWJ, Detroit: Interview with River Restoration Assistant, Jaclyn Heikkila, about Rouge Rescue

May 10, 2021
Farmington Voice: Sign Up to Help Rescue the Rouge in Farmington Hills

May 8, 2021
Wiki.ezvid.com: 5 Great Groups Preserving Trails & Parks For Future Generations

April 28, 2021
Manistee News Advocate: Manistee Conservation District receives grant for river clean-up programs: EGLE awards 27 grants to conduct stream cleanups, monitoring

April 22, 2021
Ford Motor Company Fund: Friends of the Rouge- Restoring Life, Fun to a Landmark Waterway

April 21, 2021
The Detroit News: (Subscriber Only Article) Go green at home to celebrate Earth Day

April 17, 2021
WXYZ Detroit: Detroit River Coalition Earth Week activities kick off April 17th

April 5, 2021
C and G News: West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation commissioner writes book on protecting local watersheds

March 27, 2021
WXYZ Detroit: Registration now underway for annual Rouge River Spring Bug Hunt

March 25, 2021
Patch: Novi Local Events- FREE MSU Tollgate Farm Virtual Sustainable Stewards Series Teens

March 22, 2021
News-Herald: Detroit River Earth Week activities include cleaning up river, photo and art contests

March 18, 2021
The Macomb Daily: Detroit River Coalition to host join Earth Week activities, April 17-24

March 17, 2021
Storm Water Solutions: Southeast Michigan to Receive $1.6 Million in Conservation Grants

March 16, 2021
The Kresge Foundation: Southeast Michigan to benefit from $1.6 million in conservation grants that will improve community & habitat resilience

February 26, 2021
TV20 Detroit – WMYD: Sally talks Frog & Toad Surveying

February 26, 2021
WXYZ Detroit: Friends of the Rouge looking for frog and toad survey volunteers

February 12, 2021
Fox 2 News Detroit: Road salt is not good for our waterways

January 29, 2021
Capitol News Service: Great Lakes cleanup of contaminated areas making progress after 35 years

January 28, 2021
Planet Detroit: Ask Planet Detroit: What is being done about the water quality of Rouge River?

January 22, 2021
Great Lakes Echo: Thirty-five years of restoring Great Lakes Areas of Concern has a hopeful future

In the News 2020

December 30, 2020
WEMU 89.1: Issues Of The Environment: 2020 Pandemic Economy Takes Toll On Environmental Non-Profits

December 22, 2020
The Detroit News: Dye test leaves part of Rouge River eerie bright green in Oakland County

December 22, 2020
Detroit Free Press: Rouge River tributary turns slime green after city conducts sewage dye test

December 22, 2020
Planet Detroit: These Detroit environmental nonprofits supported the community in a tough year. Now it’s your turn to support them.

December 10, 2020
Trout Unlimited: Trout Unlimited receives EPA grant to expand STREAM Girls

December 2, 2020
The Blade: Despite progress, Detroit River and Lake Erie at a ‘defining moment’

December 1, 2020
Rochester Media: European Frog-Bit is Invading our Lakes

November 18, 2020
The Detroit News: Holiday Cheer for Charity: Support your favorite charity and help it win $20K

November 10, 2020
Model D: Warrendale community garden offers a connecting space in a year of social distancing

November 6, 2020
dbusiness: Friends of the Rouge

September 9, 2020
Metromode: Connecting Dearborn with the Rouge River

Summer 2020
Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy: Superior Township Chapter Update- Headwaters of the Rouge: Sources of Life in the River by Jaclyn Heikkila

August 13, 2020
Planet Detroit: Metro Detroit’s environmental organizations are largely white. Some are working to change that.

August 9, 2020
WJBK covers UnCruise 2020

August 9, 2020
WXYZ covers UnCruise 2020

July 26, 2020
WXYZ Detroit: Friends of the Rouge create virtual touring option for annual cruise event during pandemic

July 13, 2020
Hometown Life: Friends of the Rouge Secures Substantial Grant from EGLE

July 2020
Northville Matters: Rain Gardens Absorb Rain, Avert it From Rouge Tributaries

July 2, 2020
Mid-Michigan Now: EGLE awards ten grants to improve water quality in Michigan

July 1, 2020
Daily Detroit: Coronavirus News, New Rain Garden, Motown Museum Reopening

June 6, 2020
The Oakland Press: Oakland County community calendar June 7

May 13, 2020
Daily Detroit: 6 Things To Know, And What We’re All Missing During The Coronavirus Quarantine

May 12, 2020
Fox 2 Detroit: Annual Rouge Rescue event moves online as restoration efforts adapt to COVID-19

May 10, 2020
Press & Guide: Rouge Rescue river cleanup goes virtual for 2020

May 7, 2020
Planet Detroit: Friends of the Rouge ED Marie McCormick on how the nonprofit is coping with the pandemic by Nina Ignaczak

April 15, 2020
Detroit Is It: The Detroit River Coalition to Host “eEarth Day” on April 22

April 15, 2020
Environmental Monitor: How Citizen Scientists Track the Life Returning to Michigan’s Rouge River by Jack Nissen

March 6, 2020
WXYZ Channel 7: Channel 7 Interviews Sally Petrella about Turds and Frogs

March 4, 2020
News-Herald: Volunteers sought for Great Global Cleanup coming to Detroit River

March 4, 2020
Spinal Column: Efforts underway to identify and control frog-bit in Oakland County

March 1, 2020
Fox2 News: Ryan Ermanni interviews Sally Petrella about frogs and toads and she demonstrates what the calls sound like

February 21, 2020
WWJ Newsradio: Interview with Sally Petrella about the 2020 Annual Frog & Toad Survey

February 11, 2020
C & G Newspapers: Friends of the Rouge promote master rain gardener program

In the News 2019

October 9, 2019
Benzinga: Community Groups Commemorate 50th Anniversary of Rouge River Fire

CBC: ‘We have more to do’: The 1969 Rouge River fire remembered

Fox 2 Detroit: In 1969 the Rouge River burned. 50 years and more than a billion dollars later, life has returned to the water

Great Lakes Commission: In 1969 the Rouge River burned. 50 years and more than a billion dollars later, life has returned to the water

Michigan Radio: 50 Years Ago Today, the Rouge River Caught on Fire

Interlochen Radio: 50 Years Ago Today, the Rouge River Caught on Fire

Republic World: US Congresswomen Go Kayaking To Mark 50-year Turnaround Of Rouge River

USA Today: Detroit (see Michigan:Detroit)

October 8, 2019
WDIV: Click on Detroit: Lawmakers kayak Rouge River to mark cleanup progress since 1969 fire

October 7, 2019
Detroit Free Press: 50 years after Rouge River fire, Donald Trump policy may jeopardize decades of progress

October 5, 2019
Detroit Free Press: It has been 50 years since this river caught fire

August 23, 2019
Great Lakes Now: Sens. Stabenow, Peters push for new Great Lakes restoration legislation and increase in funding

August 23, 2019
Fox2 Detroit: Michigan lawmakers looking for $175 million more in Great Lakes funding

August 22, 2019
Debbie Stabenow: United States Senator for Michigan: In Detroit, Stabenow, Peters Announce Bipartisan Legislation to Renew and Expand Funding for the Great Lakes

August 22, 2019
The Detroit News: Michigan’s senators push for hike in Great Lakes cleanup aid

June 24, 2019
Great Lakes Now: Rouge River Man: Individuals wanting to play a part in keeping rivers clean are starting local

Jun 19, 2019
WXYZ Detroit: Here’s how you can get rid of mosquitoes without chemicals

May 31, 2019
Detroit Legal News: Attorney proves to be a man of many talents

May 17, 2019
Ford Motor Company News: Volunteers from Ford’s Global Data Insight and Analytics Team Crunch Numbers to Aid Watershed Nonprofit

May 17, 2019
Oakland Press: Volunteers invited to Rouge Rescue river cleanup

May 9, 2019
Daily Detroit: Here’s How You Can Help Clean Up the Rouge River

May 8, 2019
Patch: Annual Rouge Rescue Efforts Begin May 18

May 1, 2019
Patch: Why You Should Make A Rain Garden This Spring

April 23, 2019
CDTV: 2019 Friends of the Rouge Special

April 14, 2019
Fox 2 Detroit: Volunteers wanted for the Rouge Rescue annual cleanup event

April 12, 2019
Metro Times: Officials say not to worry about all those dead fish in the Rouge River

April 9, 2019
Patch: Clean Metro Detroit’s Watersheds For National Volunteer Week

April 3, 2019
Trenton Trib

March 18, 2019
WXYZ Detroit: Millions of gallons of sewage dumped into Rouge River

March 11, 2019
The Oakland Press: Volunteers sought for Rouge Frog and Toad Survey

February 14, 2019
WXYZ Detroit: The Great Lakes State is Getting Saltier – it matters when it comes to your drinking water: Years of salt use to de-ice roads considered the cause

January 16, 2019
C&G Newspaper: Stonefly search on tap throughout Rouge communities

In the News 2018

December 11, 2018
C&G Newspaper: Proposed wetlands bill would cause environmental ‘degradation,’ groups warn

November 2018 issue
The Ville: “Memories of a Hidden River” by Marie McCormick

November 28, 2018
Hometown Life: Is your lawn or garden getting lazy? Put it to work for you

November 19, 2018
Detroit Free Press: Submerged oddities will be pulled from Rouge River — including 8 cars

November 6, 2018
The Oakland Press: November Community Briefing- Troy: Friends of the Rouge coordinator presents at Garden Club

November 1, 2018
The Detroit News: Welcome Mat: Local nurseries host holiday open houses

October 31, 2018
Press & Guide: An island in Dearborn? Yes, it’s true

September 20, 2018
The Oakland Press: Friends of the Rouge conducting community survey on waterway

June 20, 2018
Southfield Sun: ‘Dirty’ water runoff is Rouge’s biggest problem, group says

June 15, 2018
Patch: Friends Of The Rouge Launches ‘RainSmart’ Project

June 15, 2018
Hometown Life: Friends of the Rouge launches ‘RainSmart’ campaign

May 19, 2018
The Detroit News: With cleanup efforts, Rouge River ‘has come a long way’

May 17, 2018
The Detroit News: Wash your car the eco-friendly way

May 2, 2018
Hometown Life: Friends of the Rouge set to relocate to Plymouth

April 27, 2018
Click-on Detroit (Channel 4): Will the weather cooperate this weekend in Metro Detroit?     

April 6, 2018
Hour Detroit: Your Guide to Volunteering Around Metro Detroit

March 27, 2018
US News: Meeting to Focus on Sediment Cleanup From River Channel

March 8, 2018
Detroit Free Press:  Citizen scientists to stalk bugs in the Rouge River

January 20, 2018
Detroit Free Press: Tiny bugs help volunteers track water quality in region

January 15, 2018
Detroit Free Press: Are you listening for frogs? Metro Detroit environmentalists documenting amphibians

January 12, 2018
WDET: “Little Nuggets of Gold” Shine Light on Rouge River’s Health

January 8, 2018
Detroit Free Press: Michigan’s dirtiest body of water regains funds to resume pollution checks

In the News 2016

In the News 2011