Rouge River Links 

There are many organizations that have dedicated themselves to protecting and enhancing the Rouge River.  The following links are directed to organizations that work toward a healthier River and a brighter future for Michigan's water resources.

Links - Related Organizations


The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) is a regional planning partnership, accountable to member local governments in Southeast Michigan. Its primary missions are 1) planning on issues that extend beyond individual government boundaries and 2) intergovernmental relations in cooperation with local government, as well as state and federal agencies. The SEMCOG partnership strengthens efficient and effective local government, supporting local planning through its technical, data and intergovernmental resources.  SEMCOG has been instrumental in the Rouge River restoration effort,  public education materials and facilitating public involvement.  In addition to assisting with the public aspect, SEMCOG provides scientific data, monitors progress and serves as a foundation for the Rouge Communities.

Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN)

The Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN) is a partnership that provides one place online for people to find information relating to the binational Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region of North America. GLIN offers data and information about the region’s environment, economy, tourism, education and more. Thanks to its strong network of state, provincial, federal and regional partner agencies and organizations, GLIN has become a necessary component of informed decision making, and a trusted and reliable source of information for those who live, work or have an interest in the Great Lakes region.

United States Environmental Protection Agency

The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment--air, water, and land--upon which life depends.

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ)

The mission of MDEQ is to drive improvements in environmental quality for the protection of public health and natural resources to benefit current and future generations. This will be accomplished through effective administration of agency programs, providing for the use of innovative strategies, while helping to foster a strong and sustainable economy.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR)

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural resources for current and future generations.

Friends of the Rouge

Friends of the Rouge is a local non-profit organization dedicated to promoting restoration and stewardship of the Rouge River through education and citizen involvement.

Tips from Friends of the Rouge

Neighbor Communities and Watershed-Wide Advisory Groups

To view a video on Rain Gardens please click the following link:
Rain Gardens for the Rouge River