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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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Rouge Rescue

Connecting Rouge River Communities Each spring Friends of the Rouge, in partnership with Rouge communities, brings volunteers together from across the watershed to work toward...
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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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Become a Master Rain Gardener

TESTIMONIALS About the Master Rain Gardener program The Master Rain Gardener Training Program began in Washtenaw County in 2010, developed by Susan Bryan, Harry Sheehan,...
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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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