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Take the RainSmart Challenge!

Raining? Grab Your Umbrella, Get Outside, and Get RainSmart!

Are you the kind of person who loves adventure, getting outside and playing in the rain? Well here’s your excuse to indulge your inner child and learn a little something about your home and yard. Next time it rains, grab your umbrella and galoshes, and roam your lawn and landscape to see what you discover! To take the RainSmart Challenge we want you to follow the raindrops after they hit your roof. Where does it go as it runs off the roof and into your yard?

After you get outside and play in the rain we want to hear from you! Tell us that you did it and what you saw and learned about how rain drops fall on, and flow off, of your home and yard. Get entered to win prizes!

2019 RainSmart Challenge Prizes!

Prizes Available in 2019

Prizes will be randomly awarded to participants. Winners to be announced at 2020 FOTR annual meeting.

Rewards for ALL Who Step Up to the Challenge

10% off the RainSmart Coach

20% off design services and winter invasive species control with Natural Community Services

Past Prizes Winners

Press here to see a list of prize winners from prior years

By clicking submit above, you agree to the sweepstakes rules listed below (press “Sweepstakes Rules” to review).

Sweepstakes Rules


The sponsor of this Sweepstakes is Friends of the Rouge. By participating in the Sweepstakes, each Entrant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these Official Rules and the decisions of Friends of the Rouge, which shall be final and binding in all respects. Friends of the Rouge is responsible for the collection, submission or processing of Entries and the overall administration of the Sweepstakes. Entrants should look solely to Friends of the Rouge with any questions, comments or problems related to the Sweepstakes. Friends of the Rouge may be reached by email at during the Promotion Period.

Open to legal residents of the Rouge River Watershed located in southeast Michigan who are at least 12 years old. Friends of the Rouge, and their respective parents, subsidiaries, affiliates, distributors, retailers, sales representatives, advertising and promotion agencies and each of their respective officers, directors and employees (the "Promotion Entities"), are ineligible to enter the Sweepstakes or win a prize. Household Members and Immediate Family Members of such individuals are also not eligible to enter or win. "Household Members" shall mean those people who share the same residence at least three months a year. "Immediate Family Members" shall mean parents, step-parents, legal guardians, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. This Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Only one prize per person and per household will be awarded. Prizes cannot be transferred, redeemed for cash or substituted by winner. Friends of the Rouge reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to award a substitute prize of equal or greater value if a prize described in these Official Rules is unavailable or cannot be awarded, in whole or in part, for any reason. The ARV of the prize represents Friends of the Rouge's good faith determination. That determination is final and binding and cannot be appealed. If the actual value of the prize turns out to be less than the stated ARV, the difference will not be awarded in cash. Friends of the Rouge makes no representation or warranty concerning the appearance, safety or performance of any prize awarded. Restrictions, conditions, and limitations may apply. Friends of the Rouge will not replace any lost or stolen prize items.

This Sweepstakes is open to legal residents of the Rouge River Watershed located in southeast Michigan and Prize will only be awarded to addresses within said locations. All federal, state and/or local taxes, fees, and surcharges are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. Failure to comply with the Official Rules will result in forfeiture of the prize.

5. HOW TO ENTER: Enter the Sweepstakes during the Promotion Period online by visiting the entry form, which can be found on the following website at

Automated or robotic Entries submitted by individuals or organizations will be disqualified. Internet entry must be made by the Entrant. Any attempt by Entrant to obtain more than the stated number of Entries by using multiple/different email addresses, identities, registrations, logins or any other methods, including, but not limited to, commercial contest/sweepstakes subscription notification and/or entering services, will void Entrant's Entries and that Entrant may be disqualified. Final eligibility for the award of any prize is subject to eligibility verification as set forth below. All Entries must be posted by the end of the Promotion Period in order to participate. Friends of the Rouge's database clock will be the official timekeeper for this Sweepstakes.

6. WINNER SELECTION: The Winner(s) of the Sweepstakes will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible Entries received throughout the Promotion Period. Drawing for each prize will occur in two parts for each prize; first by narrowing to challenge submission category, then an eligible Entry will be selected from that category. The random drawing will be conducted about two weeks after the Promotion Period by Friends of the Rouge, whose decisions are final. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible Entries received.

7. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Winner will be notified by email at the email address provided in the Entry Information approximately one week after the random drawing. Potential Winner must accept a prize by email as directed by Friends of the Rouge within two weeks of notification. Friends of the Rouge is not responsible for any delay or failure to receive notification for any reason, including inactive email account(s), technical difficulties associated therewith, or Winner’s failure to adequately monitor any email account.

Any winner notification not responded to or returned as undeliverable may result in prize forfeiture. The potential prize winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility and release of liability, and a Publicity Release (collectively "the Prize Claim Documents"). No substitution or transfer of a prize is permitted except by Friends of the Rouge.

8. PRIVACY: Any personal information supplied by you will be subject to the privacy policy of the Friends of the Rouge posted at By entering the Sweepstakes, you grant Friends of the Rouge permission to share your email address and any other personally identifiable information with the other Sweepstakes Entities only for the purpose of administration and prize fulfillment, including use in a publicly available Winners list, but not for marketing or any other purposes.

9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY: Friends of the Rouge assumes no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, or for any faulty or failed electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of entries at any point in the operation of this Sweepstakes; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, camera, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Sweepstakes; (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of any network or wireless service, the Internet or website or any combination thereof; (e) suspended or discontinued Internet, wireless or landline phone service; or (f) any injury or damage to participant's or to any other person’s computer or mobile device which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Sweepstakes or download of any materials in the Sweepstakes.

If, for any reason, the Sweepstakes is not capable of running as planned for reasons which may include without limitation, infection by computer virus, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Sweepstakes, Friends of the Rougereserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part. In such event, Friends of the Rouge shall immediately suspend all drawings and prize awards, and Friends of the Rouge reserves the right to award any remaining prizes (up to the total ARV as set forth in these Official Rules) in a manner deemed fair and equitable by Friends of the Rouge. Friends of the Rouge and Released Parties shall not have any further liability to any participant in connection with the Sweepstakes.

10. WINNER LIST/OFFICIAL RULES: To obtain a copy of the Winner List or a copy of these Official Rules, send your request along with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Friends of the Rouge cc: RainSmart Challenge Sweepstakes at 4901 Evergreen Rd APC bldg, Dearborn MI 48128. Requests for the names of the winners must be received no later than A WINNER LIST DATE after the Promotion Period has ended. For accessing a Winner List online, visit The winner list will be posted after winner confirmation is complete.

11. SPONSOR: Friends of the Rouge. 4901 Evergreen Rd APC bldg, Dearborn MI 48128.

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.