Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Why a sighting of this dam-building creature is good news for the river.
On July 15, 2012, Rick Simek of the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Environmental Interpretive Center snapped a photo of a beaver in the Rouge River in Dearborn. Big deal, right? But what might seem like a normal occurrence could actually be a sign of the increasing water and habitat quality of the Rouge watershed. According to a piece written by Simek in the EIC's spring newsletter, beaver trapping led to the local extinction of the species in Metro Detroit in the 1830s, with "no traces of the species left by 1877." Though several other reports of beaver sightings and markings had been reported in recent years in the Rouge and other nearby rivers, Simek's photo is proof of the beaver's return to Dearborn more than a century later. And …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
The insects are a sign that the river, which runs through the Dearborn area, is healthy.
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Saturday, January 5
Are you looking for something to do this winter that is fun and helps a good cause? Friends of the Rouge is looking for volunteers to help with the 12th annual search for stoneflies on Saturday, Jan. 26. The Rouge River watershed flows through Dearborn. Finding a stonefly living in the river is a good indication that the river is healthy, because these small insects require cold, clean water. Last year, 73 volunteers found these “nuggets of gold” at 14 of 32 sites. This year, they hope to find even more. The search begins at the University of Michigan-Dearborn at 9 a.m. No searching is done in Dearborn; volunteers carpool out in 10-12 teams to Rouge streams located around metropolitan Detroit. Volunteers must pre-register by Jan. 11 at www…
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Friends of the Rouge's annual cruise includes dinner and a tour of the river.
Ride the Rouge River this summer when Friends of the Rouge hosts their annual Rouge Cruise. The event takes place Tuesday, Aug. 7, and includes dinner and a guided tour aboard the the Diamond Belle boat of the Diamond Jack River Tours. A narrated tour of the lower section of the Rouge River will be conducted by Dr. John Hartig of the Detroit International Wildlife Refuge and author of the book Burning Rivers. Departure is at 6 p.m., with an estimated 9 p.m. return. Cuise participants should arrive at Stroh River Place dock before 5:45 p.m. to board. Fenced parking will be available for $4 per car, and the event will take place rain or shine. Registration is open, but early sign-up is encouraged, as the boat fills up fast! Non-refundable …
Monday, July 9, 2012
The Dearborn-based nonprofit released the results of their Spring Bug Hunt this month.
Things are looking up for the Rouge River, according to Dearborn-based nonprofit Friends of the Rouge. FOTR’s 2012 Spring Bug Hunt Report, released this month, shows that two branches of the Rouge River–the Middle Branch and the Main Branch–are showing an upward trend in health. The Spring Bug Hunt is an annual event that is part of a program to collect data on certain types of bugs that live in the streambed. The type and abundance of mayfly, dragonfly and stonefly and other larvae can be translated into a “score” for a site, telling biologists whether a site is good, fair, poor or excellent. The two branches that showed improvement were the Middle Branch that includes Johnson Creek and the Walled Lake Drainage and follows Hines Drive …
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Federal grants have powered efforts to turn the Dearborn-based island into recreational area and habitat zone.
Man-made islands in industrialized zones are not at the top of outdoor enthusiasts’ and nature lovers’ vacation destinations, but the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority is looking to change that. Through grants like the $150,000 Marine Debris Removal Grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the DWCPA is hoping to turn Dearborn's Fordson Island into a place where residents can enjoy activities like kayaking on the Rouge River and share time and space with wildlife. “There is an effort along the Rouge to turn the river into a greenway system and use the waterway more for recreational and environmental uses,” DWCPA Director of Economic Development and Grants Management John Kerr said. This most recent grant is part of …