Each spring Friends of the Rouge, in partnership with Rouge communities, brings volunteers together from across the watershed to work toward the common goal of improving the Rouge River for generations to come. This annual river clean up event, known as Rouge Rescue, began in 1986 with volunteers removing large quantities of trash from the river. Today, activities have expanded to include trash pickup, invasive species removal, native plantings, educational learning and more!
Stay tuned for more event info, coming soon!
*Numbers given were based on reported data from sites, some numbers are rounded- see full reports below for more info
Rouge Rescue is an opportunity to help the environment in your community with other like-minded people.
Invigorating outdoor work, enjoyment of meeting other people, and satisfaction of improving the environment — in an area of Hines Park near our home that we visit often.
My coworkers, staff, supervisors and regular volunteers always look forward to the annual Rouge Rescue! At the end of the day, we feel good about the positive impact we’ve made.
My children and I learned that because of people the river is being destroyed and that one person can make a difference in trying to restore the beauty The Rouge River has.
Rouge Rescue is a great time to discover something in your own backyard that is a great asset and needs your care and attention.
With concerns for the health of our program participants, staff, volunteers and community, Friends of the Rouge physical offices at PARC will be closed through the end of April.
Our team is working hard to deliver virtual opportunities to engage with your local Rouge watershed.
Many thanks to our extraordinary community as we work to adjust in these unprecedented times.