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RainSmart: 1,000 Rain Gardens for the Rouge

Restoring your river, one yard at a time.

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

6,000
Rain Barrels
for the Rouge!

1,000
Rain Gardens
for the Rouge!

With over 1.35 million people living in the lands that drain to the Rouge, 1,000 rain gardens and 6,000 rain barrels are big but doable short-term goals for Rouge River restoration. Get started by taking the RainSmart Challenge!

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Take the RainSmart challenge and win prizes!

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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

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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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This project has been funded in part through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s (DEQ) Nonpoint Source Program by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The contents of the document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the EPA or the DEQ, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.