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River Restoration

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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Interactive Map: Rouge-Friendly Landscape—Distant from the River

Interactive Map: Rouge-Friendly Landscapes—By the River

RainSmart: 1,000 Rain Gardens!


Flooded basements, flooded streets, and dirty creeks share a common cause, and that’s too much dirty water runoff during big storms. Time to get RainSmart! …

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River Restoration is funded, in part, by:

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Get Your Lawn a Job!

Sure, your lawn looks great, but… let’s be honest. It takes a lot of work. Your work. Isn’t it time your lawn started pulling its...
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RainSmart Makeover

To help you get RainSmart, Friends of the Rouge is pleased to offer up to 12 RainSmart Makeovers: a 50% cost-share rain garden installation for...
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Become a Master Rain Gardener

2019 Master Rain Gardener Official Course Countdown! TESTIMONIALS About the Master Rain Gardener program The Master Rain Gardener Training Program began in Washtenaw County in...
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Rain Gardens to the Rescue

Rain Gardens to the Rescue Program Partners: Sierra Club Great Lakes, Great Communities Funded by: The Fred A and Barbara M Erb Family Foundation Detroit residents...
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Build a Rain Garden

What’s a rain garden? It’s a garden with a job. A rain garden has a job to do—controlling puddles and keeping basements dry by soaking...
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DIY Rain Garden Guidance

Below you’ll find two step-by-step design manuals for Michigan Rain Gardens. Each takes a different approach. Pick the one that best serves your needs. Look...
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Plants for Rain Gardens

Friends of the Rouge recommends native species for rain gardens and ornamental landscapes. Native plants tend to perform best in rain gardens, and have been...
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Resources

Landscaping with Native Plants Adopt Green Landscaping for Clean Streams practices Greenacres: Landscaping with Native Plants, EPA Step-by-Step Guide to Planning & Planting Rain Gardens...
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