Help rescue the Rouge River in Farmington Hills

The annual effort to preserve the Rouge RIver watershed will be held on Saturday, May 18, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Rd. in Farmington Hills.

This year’s Rouge Rescue volunteers will clean debris in and around the river, remove buckthorn and other invasive species near the waterway, and help with native wildflower plantings and trail maintenance.

Volunteers will gather at the tent in front of the park’s Nature Center. The first 50 participants who sign in will receive a free Rouge Rescue t-shirt, and all participants will enjoy a free picnic lunch. Volunteers are encouraged to wear long pants and long sleeves, as well as sturdy work boots.

All ages are welcome and equipment is provided. Volunteers who wish to work in the river removing debris should also bring waders. A limited number of waders will be available to borrow.

For more information or to pre-register, call the Division of Public Works at 248-871-2850 or write to Tara Pieron at tpieron@fhgov.com. For a listing of other Rouge Rescue sites, call the Friends of the Rouge at 734-927-4900 or visit therouge.org.

Press release