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The Middle One Subwatershed is located in the northwestern part of the Rouge River Watershed in Southeastern Michigan.  All of the rainwater that falls on this land area flows over the land, into storm sewers, or through groundwater down to the Middle Branch of the Rouge River that flows in a southeasterly path.  The water of several headwater creeks, tributaries, and county drains flows into the Middle Rouge River contributing to the volume and velocity of the water and certain pollutants that the water has picked up along its path.

When the water reaches Newburgh Lake, it has left the Middle One Subwatershed.  The Middle Rouge River then travels through the downstream Middle 3 Subwatershed, joins the main branch of the Rouge River and then flows toward the Detroit River and finally into Lake Erie.   The River that flows through the Middle One Watershed is a precious resource to be protected, preserved, and in some cases, restored.

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Stone Flies Show the Rouge is Improving
Read an article documenting the return of the Stone Fly to the Rouge River and Middle One Subwatershed. The presence of the stone fly is an indicator of improved water quality in the river.

Johnson Creek Protection Group
This environmental group, which is made up of residents, local officials, and businesses in Northville Township, is working to preserve and restore Rouge River water quality and educate the public about water quality issues.

The Middle 1 Subwatershed Group has developed a watershed management plan in accordance with the requirements of the Michigan General Storm Water Permit. For questions or further information contact Kelly Kelly at kkelly@tiltoninc.com.

A Common Appendix has been developed for the subwatershed management plans. This includes detailed technical data, maps, and information best management practices for each of the seven subwatersheds.

Communities are currently working on their Storm Water Pollution Prevention Initiative (SWPPI). Click here for guidance materials on developing the SWPPI.

Click here to learn more about your subwatershed.

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Last Updated: 5/4/03

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The Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project is funded, in part, by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Grants #XP995743-01, -02, -03, -04, -05, -06, -08 and C-264000-01.