Be a volunteer for Rouge Rescue on Saturday June 1st, 2013! Each June, Friends of the Rouge, in partnership with Rouge communities and other organizations, brings volunteers together from across the watershed to work toward the common goal of improving the Rouge River for generations to come. This annual event, known as Rouge Rescue, began in 1986 with volunteers removing large quantities of trash from the river. Volunteers are needed to help clean-up trash and debris, remove invasive plants from the river corridor, install native plants and stabilize stream banks to improve the health of the river.
Rouge Rescue helps to alleviate the effects of runoff by stabilizing stream banks and installing native plants whose deep root systems help to trap and clarify the water before it enters the river. Residents can assist the river's natural processes year round by disconnecting downspouts and directing them to rain barrels or rain gardens, minimizing paved surfaces and replacing lawn grass with plants with deep root systems.
Volunteers may choose from a number of sites in the local area. Activities, which vary by site, may include river clean up, native planting, invasive plant removal, park maintenance and nature walks. Work sites are planned throughout the Rouge River drainage area, from Bloomfield to Novi, Canton, Dearborn and Detroit. Volunteers should check the Friends of the Rouge website to see options in their area. Some activities take place in the weeks before, or after, the official clean-up date on June 1, 2013.
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