Help clean up the Rouge River in Farmington Hills on May 19

Help sustain the city’s natural resources at Rouge Rescue 2018, held on Saturday, May 19, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Rd. in Farmington Hills.

This year’s volunteers will clean debris in and around the river, remove buckthorn and other invasive species near the waterway, and also help with native wildflower plantings in Heritage Park.

Jon Aldred for Farmington Hills City Council

The entrance to Heritage Park is on the west side of Farmington Road. Once inside the park, turn left at the stop sign. Park in the paved parking lot and check in at the tent next to the Heritage Park Visitor Center (Spicer House).

The first 50 participants to arrive and sign in outside the Nature Center 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 248-8712850 or e-mail Tara Pieron at For a listing of other Rouge Rescue sites, call the Friends of the Rouge at 313-792- 9900 or visit

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