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The Rouge River Project
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Be Active in Your Community

In addition to joining an organization and incorporating this guidebook into your daily life, you can also encourage your community to help in the restoration of the Rouge River. Below are a few suggestions on how your community can become involved in the restoration process.

Erosion from construction sites and new development is a major source of pollution to the Rouge. Although county government usually has the authority to control erosion, local governments and citizens can help prevent this type of pollution. Encourage your local officials to better monitor and control soil erosion on new developments where large parcels of land are left exposed for periods longer than 2-3 months. If you notice large amounts or erosion from a site, contact your local municipality.

Pet Care and Animal Waste
Encourage local officials to use signage around local ponds and rivers asking residents not to feed the ducks and geese.

Household Hazardous Waste
If your community doesn't have a household hazardous waste drop-off site, contact your local officials and tell them you would like your community to start a household hazardous waste program. Enlist your neighbors! The more interested residents are in initiating a program, the more likely it will be started.

Car Care
Encourage local service stations to accept used motor oil and antifreeze from area residents. All Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations will accept used oil.

For the nearest location, call 1-800-FASTCHANGE.


For additional information about the Rouge River, call the Rouge River Information Line at (888) 223-2363.

For information on the Wayne County
Illegal Dumping Reward Program
follow this link.


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Last Updated: 8/27/01

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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.