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Rouge Rescue

Connecting people across southeast Michigan to improve the Rouge River—for enjoyment today and for generations to come.

Voices from Rouge Rescue

ABOUT ROUGE RESCUE

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! 

Since its founding, Rouge Rescue has had 60,863 volunteers at 969 sites.


Is your company looking to sponsor or send volunteers to Rouge Rescue 2020?
Please contact Jaclyn by email or call (734) 927-4906

In 2019, there were 1322 volunteers showed up at 31 events for Rouge Rescue!

  • 52.5 cubic yards of trash removed (including 19 tires, 9 household appliances and other large debris)
  • 9112.6 cubic yards of invasive species removed (buckthorn, garlic mustard, honeysuckle, Dame’s rocket, narrow leaved bitter-cress)
  • 1550 flowers and grasses and 39 trees planted
  • 6 logs jams cleaned and opened
  • 3,800 feet of trails maintained

Rouge Rescue 2019 Work Sites

ROUGE RESCUE RESULTS BY YEAR (2003-Present)

*Numbers given were based on reported data from sites, some numbers are rounded- see full reports below for more info

Rouge Rescue Reports

2018
**2017 does not have a published report
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