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Public Information and Education


Representatives of the Rouge Project have developed numerous technical reports concerning the ongoing public information and education program. To view reports that specify other topics the rouge project addresses, click on Wetlands, Watershed Management, Geographic Information Systems/Data Management, Non-point Source Pollution, Illicit Discharges/Onsite Sewage Disposal Systems, Financial and Institutional Arrangements, Modeling and Monitoring, and Combined Sewer Overflows for general information on the program.

Wayne County Department of Environment's Rouge River Publications Clearinghouse offers a variety of education materials available for purchase. Materials include publications, brochures, CDs, and much more. Rouge River road signage is also available for purchase. For further information call the Rouge Information Line at 1-888-223-2363.


  1. 1999 Public Opinion Survey
  2. A Strategy for Public Involvement
  3. Are These Products in Your Home?
  4. Business Clean Water Guide: Doing Your Part To Keep Our Streams Clean
  5. Canton Township Business Fact Sheets
  6. Canton Township Household Fact Sheets
  7. Changing Currents: The Rouge River Watershed Poster
  8. Community Grants Program - 1998
  9. Consensus Building and Grass Roots Efforts in a Comprehensive Urban Watershed Management Program
  10. DemoBulletin--Combined Sewer Overflows-Second Series
  11. DemoBulletin--Storm Water Management
  12. DemoInfo - Computer Modeling
  13. DemoInfo--An Introduction to the Rouge Geographic Information System
  14. DemoInfo--Combined Sewer Overflows
  15. DemoInfo--Household Hazardous Waste
  16. DemoInfo--Rouge Education Project
  17. DemoInfo--Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project
  18. DemoInfo--Septic Systems
  19. DemoInfo--Storm Water Management: Best Management Practices (BMPs)
  20. DemoInfo--The Watershed
  21. DemoInfo--Wetlands
  22. Designing the Right Hook: Public Participation in the Watershed Planning Process
  23. Detention Basin Maintenance
  24. Detention Pond Maintenance Manual
  25. Downspout Disconnection Brochure
  26. Friends of the Rouge River Watch Program, Wayne County, Michigan
  27. GIS User Needs Survey of Southeast Michigan (Livonia) District Office Staff
  28. Healthy Lawn and Garden Principles Brochure
  29. Healthy Lawn Care Demonstration Project and Healthy Garden Tours, Southeastern and Southwestern Oakland County, Michigan
  30. Household Clean Water Guide: Doing Your Part To Keep Our Streams Clean
  31. 'Keeping Our Shop In Tune' - Customer Awareness Poster
  32. 'Keeping Your Shop In Tune' - Employee Education Poster
  33. Making Your Yard, Car and Home 'Rouge River Friendly' A Fall Primer!
  34. Making Your Yard, Car and Home 'Rouge River Friendly' A Spring Primer!
  35. Measuring the Soft Stuff - Evaluating Public Involvement in Urban Watershed Restoration
  36. Nankin Mills Interpretive Center Exhibits
  37. Our Actions Can Affect The Rouge River
  38. Our Business Practices Can Affect the Rouge River
  39. Proposed Rouge River Public Involvement Action Plan
  40. Public Involvement Programs that Support Water Quality Management
  41. Rouge Education Project, Wayne County, Michigan 1998-1999
  42. Rouge Friendly Business Brochure
  43. Rouge Friendly Business Program for Businesses
  44. Rouge Friendly Business Program for Construction Related Businesses: General Contractors, Home Builders and Subcontractors working on Construction Sites
  45. Rouge Friendly Business Program for Construction Related Businesses: Home Repair and Maintenance Contractor
  46. Rouge Friendly Business Program for Food Related Businesses
  47. Rouge Friendly Business Program for Metal Machining Businesses
  48. Rouge Friendly Business Program for Vehicle Service Businesses
  49. Rouge Friendly Neighborhood Brochure
  50. Rouge News and Views- September 1993
  51. Rouge News and Views- Winter 1995
  52. Rouge News and Views-April 1994
  53. Rouge News and Views-Fall/Winter 1996
  54. Rouge News and Views-January 1994
  55. Rouge News and Views-July 1993
  56. Rouge News and Views-September 1994
  57. Rouge News and Views-Summer 1995
  58. Rouge News and Views-Summer 1996
  59. Rouge News and Views-Winter 1996
  60. Rouge River Activity Book
  61. Rouge River Interpretive Recreation Opportunities Plan
  62. Rouge River Newsletter Articles
  63. Rouge River Repair Kit
  64. Salem Elementary School/South Lyon Community Schools Outdoor Environmental Education Lab Project, Salem Township, Michigan
  65. SOCRRA - Healthy Garden Posters
  66. SOCRRA - Home Composting
  67. SOCRRA - Natural Mulches
  68. SOCRRA - New American Yard
  69. SOCRRA - Waste-Wise Tips for a Healthy Lawn
  70. Storm Drains Aren't Garbage Cans
  71. Storm Drains Aren't Garbage Cans (Magnet)
  72. Taking Root: Sowing and Harvesting the Seeds of Public Involvement and Education
  73. The Rouge
  74. The Watershed Restoration News, Local Townships Share Lessons in Environmental Protection and SOCRRA Provides Healthy Lawn Tips in a Rouge - Friendly Way! - Vol. 3 - July 1998
  75. The Watershed Restoration News, Rouge Communities and Agencies Implement a Variety of Watershed Projects, Vol. 2 - March 1998
  76. The Watershed Restoration News, Stormwater BMPs-What's Practical? - Vol. 1-January 1998
  77. Watershed Education and Watershed Management: Using the River as an Interdisciplinary Teaching Tool
  78. Watershed Poster
  79. What Does Southeast Michigan Have... That No One Else In The Country Has?
  80. When it Rains Would You Rather...

1999 Public Opinion Survey

Public Sector Consultants

Technical Report, March 1999, 30 pages, Order Number: RPO-PI-TR12 **

The primary purpose of this survey, were to (1) measure the effectiveness of various public information and education programs conducted since the project began, in 1993, and (2) help guide public-involvement activities in the development of watershed management plans now being prepared.

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A Strategy for Public Involvement

Wayne County Department of Environment (Michigan)

Supplemental Report, January 1994, 62 pages, Order Number: RPO-PI-SR02 *

Community interviews, focus groups and telephone queries were conducted to identify public opinion and perception of needs of the Rouge River Watershed communities. Four consistent themes emerged from the research: stakeholders and community leaders must be actively involved; the K-12 schools are critical to long-term success; there are very effective communication tools and organization entities already in place throughout the watershed; and most people obtain a significant amount of information from, and form opinions, based on what they read, hear, and see in the major media. Specific ideas and approaches are included.

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Are These Products in Your Home?

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Brochure, February 1997, Order Number: PI-BR-05 *

This brochure describes the potentially hazardous products in homes that people may have in their homes. Disposal tips for the hazardous materials are given in addition to non-toxic alternatives. A list of community household hazardous waste collection telephone numbers for the Rouge River Watershed is also included.

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Business Clean Water Guide: Doing Your Part To Keep Our Streams Clean

Canton Township

Community Project, July 1998, Order Number: CP-SP02-01.00 **

This guide is one of the task products of the Canton Township - "Fellows Creek Regional Detention and Public Education Programs" project that was completed as part of the original round of community stormwater projects. This guide contains the Detention Basin Maintenance Fact Sheet and the following 10 fact sheets: Protecting Water Quality; Catch Basin Care; Oil/Water Separators; Maintaining Building Exteriors; Maintaining Paved Areas; Maintaining Healthy Lawns, Shrubs and Trees; Maintaining Vehicles and Equipment; Using and Storing Deicing Chemicals; Storing Materials and Wastes; and Recycling. This guide may be easily adopted and modified for individual communities.

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Canton Township Business Fact Sheets

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, October 1997, 16 pages, Order Number: PI-CTBFACT *

These one-page fact sheets, developed by Canton and Plymouth Townships, are intended to inform local residents and business owners of the role they can play in pollution prevention.

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Canton Township Household Fact Sheets

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, October 1997, 23 pages, Order Number: PI-CTHFACT *

These one-page fact sheets, developed by Canton and Plymouth Townships, are intended to inform local residents and business owners of the role they can play in pollution prevention.

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Changing Currents: The Rouge River Watershed Poster

Observer & Eccentric Newspapers

Poster, August 1996, Order Number: PI-POSTER-02 *

This four-color poster depicts the Rouge River Watershed and marks historical sites, CSO treatment facilities and sewer separation projects. The legend identifies degraded water quality areas, known sites of environmental contamination, CSO locations and major park land areas. A brief overview of the Rouge Watershed is also included.

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Community Grants Program - 1998

Johnson, Carl

Brochure, March 1998, Order Number: PI-BR-09 **

The Wayne County Rouge Project community grants program began in 1993 with the award of grants for Phase I CSO basins and sewer separation projects. In 1995, the program evolved to include demonstration grants for stormwater and watershed management projects. In 1998, the program was further expanded to include new community support features, including: a) a streamlined process for executing IAAs with the County; b) a handbook on grant requirements to assist communities; and c) the appointment of an RPO representative to provide more "personal service" to communities in the development and implementation of projects. There are six categories for the community grants projects: GIS, recreation and habitat, watershed management, wetlands, stormwater and CSO.

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Consensus Building and Grass Roots Efforts in a Comprehensive Urban Watershed Management Program

Zachare Ball, Josephine Powell, and Jack Bails

Paper, June 1996, 3 pages, Order Number: Watershed96-05.00 **

A Public Involvement Action Plan for the Rouge Project was devised based on a survey of stakeholders living and working in the Rouge River Watershed. The goal of the plan is to inform stakeholders, educate them, change their behavior, and gain their support for achieving and maintaining a healthy river basin.

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DemoBulletin--Combined Sewer Overflows-Second Series

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Bulletin, 8 pages, Order Number: PI-BUL-02 **

This overview describes the types of Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO) solutions being implemented in the Rouge Watershed, as well as a map of the Rouge River Watershed CSO control projects.

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DemoBulletin--Storm Water Management

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Bulletin, 8 pages, Order Number: PI-BUL-01 **

Rouge River DemoBulletins are multi-page fact sheets that describe the types of technology used to manage water quality in the Rouge River Watershed. This overview of storm water management defines the storm water runoff pollution problem and discusses management options. It is written especially for public officials, watershed managers and the general public.

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DemoInfo - Computer Modeling

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, 2 pages, Order Number: PI-INFO-99 *

Computer models are used to develop mathematical representations of real life situations. In the Rouge, computer models are being used to help answer questions about the impacts on water quality resulting from implementation of watershed pollution control strategies. This fact sheet illustrates the computer modeling process and reviews what models are being used by the Rouge Project.

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DemoInfo--An Introduction to the Rouge Geographic Information System

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, Order Number: PI-INFO-03 *

The Rouge Project Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computerized database that organizes and displays spatial information and maps, and is used for solving complex research, planning and management problems. This fact sheet describes how GIS is used, what type of information is stored in the database, and what types of questions can be answered using this computer technology.

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DemoInfo--Combined Sewer Overflows

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, Order Number: PI-INFO-05 *

A definition of CSOs is presented in this fact sheet. Descriptions of the types of CSO solutions being implemented in the Rouge Watershed are included, as well as a map of the Rouge River Watershed CSO control projects.

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DemoInfo--Household Hazardous Waste

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, Order Number: PI-INFO-08 *

Some household products require special attention in their use, storage and disposal. These products we use everyday are considered "hazardous". This brochure defines differing levels of hazardous materials; provides household hazardous waste tips and non-toxic alternatives; lists many household items and their proper disposal method; and lists contacts and phone numbers for Rouge River Watershed household hazardous waste collection information.

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DemoInfo--Rouge Education Project

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, Order Number: PI-INFO-04 *

The Rouge Education Project is coordinated by Friends of the Rouge, and funded, in part, by the Rouge Project. It provides elementary through high school students the opportunity to study the scientific and social ramifications of the Rouge River. This interdisciplinary focus centers around the components of research/data collection and problem solving/action taking.

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DemoInfo--Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, Order Number: PI-INFO-02 **

This fact sheet, written for the public, is a general overview of the Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project (Rouge Project). The mission statement and funding sources are presented along with descriptions of each of the 10 project elements that will be used to manage and implement the project.

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DemoInfo--Septic Systems

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, Order Number: PI-INFO-11 *

This fact sheet discusses the operation and maintenance of septic systems and includes a planning diagram and maintenance record. Septic systems are wastewater treatment systems in areas where sewers are not available. Proper siting, installation and maintenance are key to ensuring good performance from a septic system.

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DemoInfo--Storm Water Management: Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, Order Number: PI-INFO-06 *

BMPs are used to manage storm water pollution problems in the Rouge Watershed. This fact sheet defines storm water runoff pollution, land use impact on runoff, and explains the different types of BMPs including structural, vegetative, and managerial.

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DemoInfo--The Watershed

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, Order Number: PI-INFO-01 *

Rouge River DemoInfos are fact sheets written for the general public, describing specific water quality issues within the Rouge River Watershed. This issue contains current and historic demographic statistics, along with information on the watershed's geology and topography.

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DemoInfo--Wetlands

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, Order Number: PI-INFO-09 *

Wetlands are one of the most biologically diverse systems in the world and support a host of plant and animal species. The fact sheet describes wetlands and many of their benefits including; water quality improvements; food and habitat for fish and wildlife, flood control and shoreline erosion control, and recreation.

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Designing the Right Hook: Public Participation in the Watershed Planning Process

Josephine Powell and Zachare Ball

Paper, May 2004, 7 pages, Order Number: NONPOINT2001-01 **

Second National Conference - Nonpoint Source Pollution Information and Education Programs. Chicago

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Detention Basin Maintenance

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, 4 pages, Order Number: PI-INFO-100 *

Homeowners' Associations and business owners are responsible for maintaining their detention basins. Detention basins require maintenance to ensure that they function properly. This educational brochure, prepared by Canton Township Engineering Services, explains the different types of detention basins; what type of maintenance is required; and includes a schedule for maintenance tasks.

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Detention Pond Maintenance Manual

Assembly of Rouge Communities

Miscellaneous Report, October 2005, 14 pages, Order Number: RAPI-EDU-RET *

Your detention basin is a storm water Best Management Practice (BMP) designed to reduce the impacts of pollutants and increased storm water on local streams caused by development. They are an essential part of southeastern Michigan’s efforts to improve the quality of our streams, rivers, and lakes; however detention basins will fail prematurely if not properly maintained. Once a detention basin fails, it will no longer perform its intended function and it is often very Whether you are an individual property owner, a home owners’ association representative, or a residential/commercial property manager, this Guidebook will answer all of these questions and provide you with stepby-step instructions for maintenance activities. Routine maintenance will prolong the life of your detention pond, improve its appearance, prevent fl ooding and property damage and enhance local streams and lakes. This Guidebook is not a set of rules and regulations on how to design or build a detention basin.

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Downspout Disconnection Brochure

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, 6 pages, Order Number: PI-INFO-101 *

Rain water that lands on your roof is collected in gutters and is discharged to the ground by downspouts. Redirection of storm water coming from downspouts to vegetated areas can reduce storm water entering the sewer system, preventing pollution and helping to reduce flooding. This brochure provides information on the environmental benefits of disconnecting downspouts from the sewer system. It also provides a step-by-step process on how to disconnect them.

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Friends of the Rouge River Watch Program, Wayne County, Michigan

Project Profile, July 2000, 2 pages, Order Number: SP-11 *

This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project.

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GIS User Needs Survey of Southeast Michigan (Livonia) District Office Staff

Beaulac, Michael N.

Supplemental Report, August 1997, 9 pages, Order Number: PI-SR20.00 **

This report, published in August 1997, provided representatives of the Southeast Michigan District Office staff a first phase of MDNR In-House GIS Support Services. This effort seeks to increase management capabilities and integration of key model components of the Rouge Project GIS and similar initiatives at the Livonia District Office.

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Healthy Lawn and Garden Principles Brochure

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Brochure, 2 pages, Order Number: PI-INFO-102 *

When soil and plants are healthy, plants naturally resist disease and pests - allowing gardeners to reduce their use of pesticides and quick-release fertilizers. The healthy garden principles and practices presented in this brochure help gardeners reduce yard waste and protect water quality.

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Healthy Lawn Care Demonstration Project and Healthy Garden Tours, Southeastern and Southwestern Oakland County, Michigan

Charlotte Nichols

Project Profile, February 2000, 2 pages, Order Number: SP-04 *

This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project.

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Household Clean Water Guide: Doing Your Part To Keep Our Streams Clean

Canton Township

Community Project, July 1998, Order Number: CP-SP02-02.00 **

This guide is one of the task products of the Canton Township - "Fellows Creek Regional Detention and Public Education Programs" project that was completed as part of the original round of community stormwater projects. This guide contains the Detention Basin Maintenance Fact Sheet and the following 10 fact sheets: Protecting Water Quality; Catch Basin Care; Maintaining Septic Systems; Landscaping Near the Water's Edge; Maintaining Healthy Lawns, Shrubs and Trees; Controlling Garden Pests; Home Composting: Natural Mulches; Wetlands; Car Care; Reducing Household Waste; Recycling; and Household Hazardous Waste. This guide may be easily adopted and modified for individual communities.

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'Keeping Our Shop In Tune' - Customer Awareness Poster

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Poster, January 1997, 14 pages, Order Number: PI-POSTER-04 *

Vehicle service shops can help protect water quality in important ways by keeping pollutants out of storm drains and sanitary sewers. This poster is given to a Rouge Friendly Business and proclaims "We are doing our part to protect the Rouge River and help our community comply with the Clean Water Act." This poster is meant to be displayed in a customer service area and identifies 15 ways that the business is preventing pollution.

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'Keeping Your Shop In Tune' - Employee Education Poster

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Poster, January 1997, 14 pages, Order Number: PI-POSTER-03 *

Vehicle service shops can help protect water quality in important ways by keeping pollutants out of storm drains and sanitary sewers. This poster identifies 15 common activities that, if not done in an environmentally friendly way, can lead to stormwater pollution. Under each activity are BMPs, or tips to follow that will minimize or stop pollutants from reaching a water body. This poster is meant to be placed in the work area and can be used in the training and education of employees.

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Making Your Yard, Car and Home 'Rouge River Friendly' A Fall Primer!

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Brochure, August 1993, Order Number: PI-BR-02 *

Fall is the time of year when many people fertilize and care for their lawns, take care of basic car maintenance, and do their semi-annual cleaning which often includes disposal of leftover paint and various chemicals. If these activities are not done in an environmentally friendly way, they can lead to many pollution and environmental problems within the watershed. Do's and dont's, a list of household hazardous wastes, and helpful hints are included, educating the public on how they can live responsibly in the fragile Rouge River Watershed.

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Making Your Yard, Car and Home 'Rouge River Friendly' A Spring Primer!

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Brochure, April 1994, Order Number: PI-BR-01 *

Spring is the time of year when many people fertilize and care for their lawns, take care of basic car maintenance, and do their semi-annual cleaning. If these activities are not done in an environmentally friendly way, they can lead to many pollution and environmental problems within the watershed. Do's and dont's, a list of household hazardous wastes, and helpful hints are included, educating the public on how they can live responsibly in the fragile Rouge River Watershed.

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Measuring the Soft Stuff - Evaluating Public Involvement in Urban Watershed Restoration

Josephine Powell & Jack D. Bails

Project Profile, June 2000, 15 pages, Order Number: Watershed2000-05 **

This paper presents a case study for measuring and evaluating the effectiveness of a public involvement and education strategy for the Rouge River Watershed in metropolitan Detroit. It focuses on the public opinion telephone survey results from 1999. This paper compares the 1999 survey responses to those obtained from a similar baseline watershed-wide survey conducted in 1993 and an intensive mail survey also conducted in 1999 in a smaller area of the watershed.

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Nankin Mills Interpretive Center Exhibits

Barry Johnson

Project Profile, February 2003, 2 pages, Order Number: M3-05 *

The objective of the Nankin Mills Interpretive Center grant was to foster awareness and appreciation of the natural and culture resources of the Rouge River watershed through exhibits and interpretive programming and to promote stewardship of these resources.

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Our Actions Can Affect The Rouge River

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Flyer, January 1997, Order Number: PI-FLYER-01 *

This simple one page flyer lists the 12 most frequent actions that people may do and how these actions can affect the Rouge River. If these common everyday things are not done in an environmentally friendly way, they can lead to stormwater pollution that affects the Rouge River. Listed next to each action are some tips to prevent pollution.

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Our Business Practices Can Affect the Rouge River

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Flyer, January 1997, Order Number: PI-FLYER-02 *

This one page flyer lists the most frequent actions that a business owner/operator may do and how these actions affect the Rouge River

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Proposed Rouge River Public Involvement Action Plan

Wayne County Department of Environment (Michigan)

Supplemental Report, September 1994, 84 pages, Order Number: RPO-PI-SR03 *

This action plan is designed to seek public input from people within the Rouge River Watershed in order to design programs to meet community needs and allay concerns. The public has limited knowledge about the current status of the watershed, pollutants affecting it, and activities that can be undertaken to alleviate pollutant loadings. Therefore, by including all segments of the community in the public information and involvement process, knowledge and public involvement will increase, and support for project programs will grow as people begin to call the programs their own. Target audiences include the general public; media; local government officials; educational community; industry and business; environmental and community groups; and technical community and environmental managers. The action plan identifies initial messages, key themes and delivery mechanisms for each audience. Appended to this plan is the research report: "A Strategy for Public Involvement," January 1994, 60 pages, which documents results from community interviews, focus groups and telephone queries that were conducted to identify the public involvement views and needs of the Rouge River Watershed communities.

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Public Involvement Programs that Support Water Quality Management

Josephine Powell, Zachare Ball, and Karen Reaume

Project Profile, 10 pages, Order Number: Watershed 2000-03 **

This paper discusses the programs used by the Public Involvement team of Wayne County’s Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project (Rouge Project) to first increase watershed awareness in Rouge River Watershed residents and business owners; educate them about pollution sources to the Rouge River and involve them in restoration of the Rouge River by showing them that small changes in their daily activities can help improve water quality and restore the river.

The Rouge Friendly Neighborhood Program was piloted over a two-year period in watershed neighborhoods in three distinctly different areas of the watershed. All neighborhoods were surveyed to determine level of knowledge existing about water quality issues, lawn care maintenance and pollution prevention practices. The results were used to fashion a neighborhood program for each area. All three neighborhoods received Rouge Friendly brochures, newsletter articles and other materials.

The Rouge Friendly Business Program, a companion program to the neighborhood effort, sought to educate small-to-mid-sized businesses that they can positively impact the Rouge River by making small changes to daily business practices. Since auto-related businesses are very common in the Rouge River Watershed, an automotive services roundtable was convened. The partners included representatives of automotive service associations, the local chamber of commerce and businessmen who met for a year to review draft materials, make suggestions about the program’s promotion and help mold the program before it was implemented. Once implemented, the industry representatives promoted the program in their publications and recruited businesses to participate in the program.

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Rouge Education Project, Wayne County, Michigan 1998-1999

Charlotte Nichols

Project Profile, July 2000, 3 pages, Order Number: SW-03 *

This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project.

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Rouge Friendly Business Brochure

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Brochure, May 1996, Order Number: PI-BR-06 *

This brochure describes the Rouge Friendly Business Program, which is sponsoring this program and the steps that a business needs to take to become "Rouge Friendly." This program is the first water quality education program in the watershed to focus entirely on helping businesses help the Rouge River.

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Rouge Friendly Business Program for Businesses

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Activity Book, November 1997, 26 pages, Order Number: PI-BMP-03 **

The BMPs described in this booklet are focused on activities common to any business, i.e., cleaning paved surfaces, cleaning up spills and leaks, properly disposing of your floor wash water. These BMPs can show you how you can operate your business to reduce the amounts of substances that may enter storm drains and sanitary sewers. This booklet is a resource guide for the publication. In addition to this booklet, there is a questionnaire in the form of an assessment form and an action plan in one packet. The questions are activity based and are focused on common things that any business may do.

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Rouge Friendly Business Program for Construction Related Businesses: General Contractors, Home Builders and Subcontractors working on Construction Sites

Lefebvre, Lynn M. & Karen G. Reaume

Activity Book, January 1998, 47 pages, Order Number: PI-BMP-06 **

The Best Management Practices (BMPs) described in this booklet are focused on activities common to construction related businesses, specifically general contractors, home builders and subcontractors working on construction sites. These BMPs can show you how you can operate your business and include pollution prevention practices such as: cleaning up spills and leaks, cleaning equipment, stabilizing disturbed soils, and fueling and servicing equipment. In addition to this booklet, there is a questionnaire in the form of an assessment form and an action plan in one packet.

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Rouge Friendly Business Program for Construction Related Businesses: Home Repair and Maintenance Contractor

Lefebvre, Lynn M. & Karen G. Reaume

Activity Book, January 1998, 31 pages, Order Number: PI-BMP-05 **

The Best Management Practices (BMPs) described in this booklet are focused on activities common to construction related businesses, specifically home repair and maintenance contractors. These BMPs can show you how you can operate your business and include pollution prevention practices such as: cleaning up spills and leaks, cleaning equipment, cleaning paved areas, and repairing vehicles and equipment. In addition to this booklet, there is a questionnaire in the form of an assessment form and an action plan in one packet.

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Rouge Friendly Business Program for Food Related Businesses

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Activity Book, December 1996, 20 pages, Order Number: PI-BMP-02 **

The BMPs described in this booklet are focused on activities common to food related businesses. These BMPs can show you how you can operate your business to reduce the amounts of oil, grease, and other substances. This booklet is a resource guide for the publication. In addition to this booklet, there is a questionnaire in the form of an assessment form and an action plan in one packet. The questions are activity based and are focused on the food service industry.

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Rouge Friendly Business Program for Metal Machining Businesses

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Activity Book, December 1996, 29 pages, Order Number: PI-BMP-04 **

The BMPs described in this booklet are focused on activities common to metal machining businesses. These BMPs can show you how you can operate your business to reduce the amounts of metal wastes, oily wastes, and other substances that may enter storm drains and sanitary sewers. This booklet is a resource guide for the publication. In addition to this booklet, there is a questionnaire in the form of an assessment form and an action plan in one packet. The questions are activity based and are focused on the metal machining industry.

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Rouge Friendly Business Program for Vehicle Service Businesses

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Activity Book, December 1996, 36 pages, Order Number: PI-BMP-01 **

The Best Management Practices (BMPs) described in this booklet are focused on activities common to vehicle service shop and other vehicle related businesses. These BMPs can show you how you can operate your business to reduce the amounts of antifreeze, oily wastes and other substances. This booklet is a resource guide for the publication. In addition to this booklet, there is a questionnaire in the form of an assessment form and an action plan in one packet. The questions are activity based and are focused on the vehicle service industry.

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Rouge Friendly Neighborhood Brochure

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Brochure, January 1997, Order Number: PI-BR-07 *

This brochure educates and involves individuals and neighborhoods in protecting the Rouge Watershed. The Rouge Friendly Neighborhood Program is the first water quality education program in the watershed to focus entirely on the needs of neighorhoods.

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Rouge News and Views- September 1993

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Newsletter, 4 pages, Order Number: PI-NEWS-02 *

Articles in Volume II include: Festivities on the Rouge; Nonpoint Source Pollution Control; Wildlife Returns to the Rouge River; Volunteers, Pros Befriend Rouge; Rouge Demonstration Project Hosts Russian Visitors; Rouge River Remedial Action Plan Mapped Rouge Restoration; Wet Weather Project Brightens Future.

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Rouge News and Views- Winter 1995

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Newsletter, 4 pages, Order Number: PI-NEWS-06 *

Articles in Volume VI include: Demonstration Project Receives Additional Funding for CSO Projects; Rouge River: The Nation's Research Laboratory; Introducing SnoopAsaurus; Tom Anderson: 1919-1994.

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Rouge News and Views-April 1994

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Newsletter, 4 pages, Order Number: PI-NEWS-04 *

Articles in Volume IV include: Team Rouge Counts Rain Drops; The Technological Heart of the Project: Computer Models; Rouge Rescue '94.

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Rouge News and Views-Fall/Winter 1996

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Newsletter, 4 pages, Order Number: PI-NEWS-10 *

Articles in volume X include: EPA Administrator Carol Browner Visits; A 'New Birth' for Newburgh Lake; A 'Rouge Friendly' Business is Everybody's Business; Redford Retention Treatment Basin Dedicated; Friends of the Rouge a Winner With Some Old Favorites.

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Rouge News and Views-January 1994

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Newsletter, 4 pages, Order Number: PI-NEWS-03 *

Articles in Volume III include: November 12th Leadership Breakfast Shares River's Stormy Past, Future Dream; Newburgh Lake; A Sampling of the Rouge; Rouge Partnership.

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Rouge News and Views-July 1993

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Newsletter, 4 pages, Order Number: PI-NEWS-01 *

"Rouge River News and Views" is a newsletter that informs the general public and government officials of the activities of the Rouge Project, FOTR, Rouge River Action Council, and other Rouge River initiatives. Articles in Volume I include: Bringing Our River Back to Life; Rouge Rescue '93; Wet Weather Project Keys to River Restoration; Communities Taking Action; Students Play Important Role; Wet Weather Dimensions of Pollution.

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Rouge News and Views-September 1994

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Newsletter, 4 pages, Order Number: PI-NEWS-05 *

Articles in Volume V include: Working Together to Save the Rouge; Controlling Combined Sewer Overflow to the Rouge; Detroit Water and Sewerage Department's Household Hazardous Waste Program; Rouge Remedial Action Plan Advisory Council's (RRAC) Successful First Year.

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Rouge News and Views-Summer 1995

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Newsletter, 4 pages, Order Number: PI-NEWS-07 *

Articles in Volume VII include: Complex River Problems Need Multi-step Solutions; Rouge Rescue Celebrates its Tenth Anniversary; Rouge Project Documents Available; Let's Go Fishing!

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Rouge News and Views-Summer 1996

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Newsletter, 4 pages, Order Number: PI-NEWS-08 *

Articles in VIII include: Rouge Project Hosts Technical Workshop; Canoeing on the Rouge River; Rouge Species: Great Blue Heron; People are the River's Best Friends.

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Rouge News and Views-Winter 1996

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Newsletter, 4 pages, Order Number: PI-NEWS-09 *

Articles in Volume IX include: First Rouge Retention Treatment Basin is Dedicated; Media Tour Generates Interest; Getting the Word Out; Rouge Species; Redside Dace; The Rouge Project is on the Internet and the Rouge River; Celebrating Its Worth.

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Rouge River Activity Book

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Activity Book, June 1996, 12 pages, Order Number: PI-ACTIVITY-01 *

This booklet contains a variety of activities to inform elementary students about water quality problems in the Rouge River Watershed and how they can be part of the solution. Activities include: Where Do You Live, Wetlands, Nature Wonder, Household Wastes, Our Lawns Pollute the Rouge River Wildlife, Rouge River Fish, Where's the Fish and Storm Drains.

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Rouge River Interpretive Recreation Opportunities Plan

Tilton Don & Karen Gallagher

Task Product Memorandum, February 1998, 30 pages, Order Number: NPS-TPM49.00 **

Under the Rouge Project, the Wayne County RPO staff developed a plan to illustrate how existing and future recreational opportunities along the Rouge River could be enhanced with interpretive messages to improve public understanding of ongoing improvements to the river's water quality. The Rouge River Interpretive Recreation Opportunities Plan has been designed as a colorful brochure and poster which will be provided to park planners and other interested community leaders within the Rouge River Watershed.

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Rouge River Newsletter Articles

Newsletter, Order Number: Articles.txt *

A series of newsletters articles have been written on the topics found in the Rouge Repair Kit.

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Rouge River Repair Kit

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Booklet, July 1997, 42 pages, Order Number: PI-Booklet-01 **

This booklet provides citizens with information on what they can do to restore and protect the Rouge River. The following topics are included in this booklet: healthy lawn and garden; landscaping design and maintenance; problem of erosion; pet care and animal waste; household hazardous waste; car care; home improvement activities; downspout disconnection; and water conservation. Also included is information on organizations to join and actions that can be taken in your community.

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Salem Elementary School/South Lyon Community Schools Outdoor Environmental Education Lab Project, Salem Township, Michigan

Charlotte Nichols

Project Profile, July 2000, 2 pages, Order Number: M1-13 *

This project profile is a summary of the results of a grant funded effort performed with local community funding or in kind services. The summary focuses on the demonstration aspects of the project.

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SOCRRA - Healthy Garden Posters

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Poster, 4 pages, Order Number: PI-INFO-103 *

These one-page educational fliers, prepared by the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority, can easily be made into posters. They include: Healthy Landscape Principles; Waste-Wise Tips for a Healthy Lawn; Planting Trees for a Healthy City; and Water Wisely.

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SOCRRA - Home Composting

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, 2 pages, Order Number: PI-INFO-104 *

Through the natural process of composting, leaves and grass clippings from your yard can be transformed into a soil-enriching substance called compost. This educational fact sheet outlines the steps for making compost at home, reflecting the experience of Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority (SOCCRA) Master Composters working in an urban setting.

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SOCRRA - Natural Mulches

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, 2 pages, Order Number: PI-INFO-105 *

Fallen leaves carry 50-80 percent of the nutrients a tree extracts from the soil and air. These nutrients and elements are essential for plant growth.This fact sheet, prepared by the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority, describes the many earth-friendly options available for using fallen leaves around the home.

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SOCRRA - New American Yard

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, 3 pages, Order Number: PI-INFO-106 *

This fact sheet, prepared by the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority, describes how to make your own compost; how to use that compost and other mulches in your yard; explains how plants grow and use nutrients; and has a layout of a home landscape with tips on planning your landscape in harmony with nature.

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SOCRRA - Waste-Wise Tips for a Healthy Lawn

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Fact Sheet, 2 pages, Order Number: PI-INFO-107 *

This fact sheet, prepared by the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority, demonstrates different steps you can take when working with your lawn that reduce the need for lawn chemicals. These tips include feeding your lawn with grass clippings, different mowing options, grass recycling tips, lawn watering, lawn fertilization, and reducing pesticide use.

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Storm Drains Aren't Garbage Cans

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Brochure, July 1997, Order Number: PI-BR-08 **

This brochure was written to reinforce the messages from the visual display. It explains the problem of storm drain pollution and provides tips on how to prevent this type of pollution. Also included in this brochure is a map of the major watersheds in Southeast Michigan.

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Storm Drains Aren't Garbage Cans (Magnet)

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Magnet, 1 pages, Order Number: PI-INFO-108 *

This popular graphic, which shows an unhappy fish sticking it's head out of a storm drain that has been littered with debris, illustrates the fact that anything that goes into a storm drain can end up in the Rouge River. This can be used to produce magnets or other educational material.

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Taking Root: Sowing and Harvesting the Seeds of Public Involvement and Education

Josephine Powell, Noel Mullett, & Zachare Ball

Paper, February 1998, 4 pages, Order Number: Urbretro98-02 **

The Rouge River, a tributary to the Detroit River, in Southeast Michigan, has been documented as a significant source of pollution to the Great Lake System. The Rouge River Watershed spans approximately 467 square miles in three countries and is home to over 1.5 million residents. This paper discusses the products, programs and partnerships used by the Public Involvement team of the Rouge Project Public Involvement Team to first increase watershed awareness in Rouge River Watershed residents; educate them about the pollution sources to the Rouge River and then involve them in restoration of the Rouge River by showing them that small changes in their daily activities can help restore the river. Even before the inception of the Rouge Project four years ago, it was clear that a comprehensive public involvement and education program was necessary to support Rouge River restoration activities. A survey of watershed residents in 1994, determined that while few people viewed the Rouge River as a viable resource because of its pollution, the majority broadly supported and were optimistic about efforts to improve its quality. The survey determined that a grassroots approach coupled with a top down strategy was needed. A public outreach strategy based on the survey used the philosophy that communication with Rouge River watershed stakeholders must be continual, consistent, truthful and always two-way.

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The Rouge

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Poster, September 1994, Order Number: PI-POSTER-01 *

This four-color poster illustration of a river bank scene depicts man and nature coexisting along the banks of the Rouge River. Twenty-one features are identified including types of flora, fauna, wildlife, combined sewers, log jams, bank erosion and concrete channels. There is a key identifying each item. A map of the Rouge Watershed showing sewer drains, industrial and municipal discharge is also illustrated.

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The Watershed Restoration News, Local Townships Share Lessons in Environmental Protection and SOCRRA Provides Healthy Lawn Tips in a Rouge - Friendly Way! - Vol. 3 - July 1998

Kiser, Sandra R.

Restoration Newsletter, July 1998, 4 pages, Order Number: PI-News-13 **

The July 1998 edition of The Watershed Restoration News featured articles on Canton & Plymouth Township's Fellows Creek Regional Detention and Public Education Programs projects as well as SOCRRA's Healthy Lawn and Garden program. The Fellows Creek Project resulted in the completion of a detention facility inventory, development of a storm water ordinance, and the development of public education materials. Several publications were produced under the Public Education Program including, water quality guides and pamphlets on catch basin care. Lastly, the Southeastern Oakland County Resource Recovery Authority article outlines tips on safe lawn care practices.

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The Watershed Restoration News, Rouge Communities and Agencies Implement a Variety of Watershed Projects, Vol. 2 - March 1998

Kiser, Sandra R.

Restoration Newsletter, March 1998, 4 pages, Order Number: PI-News-11 **

This edition focused on three watershed management pilot projects: Redford Township GIS, Southfield's Stormwater Management Plan and Wayne/Washtenaw County Healthy Farming Practices. This edition also listed stormwater management projects that are currently underway.

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The Watershed Restoration News, Stormwater BMPs-What's Practical? - Vol. 1-January 1998

Kiser, Sandra R.

Restoration Newsletter, January 1998, 2 pages, Order Number: PI-News-12 **

The Rouge Project is testing the effectiveness of various solutions for reducing the volume of Stormwater generated in the watershed and removing pollutants found in the Stormwater. This version of the newsletter discusses structural BMPs being implemented in the watershed, namely, vegetated swales and wetlands.

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Watershed Education and Watershed Management: Using the River as an Interdisciplinary Teaching Tool

Mitchell, K. Mark and James L. Graham

Paper, June 1996, 4 pages, Order Number: Watershed96-04.00 **

The Friends of the Rouge Education Project (REP) began in 1987 with 16 Detroit area high schools and has expanded to include 75 elementary, middle and high schools. The project's interdisciplinary curriculum incorporates chemistry, biology, computer science, mathematics, reading and writing skills, art and music.

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Watershed Poster

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Poster, 1 pages, Order Number: PI-INFO-109 *

This poster builds awareness about where individuals live within the watershed. This multi-color poster includes the major watersheds in Southeast Michigan with the text, "use your head, you live in a watershed". It also provides a simple definition of the word "Watershed".

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What Does Southeast Michigan Have... That No One Else In The Country Has?

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Brochure, February 1995, Order Number: PI-BR-03 *

This colorful brochure describes the team effort being coordinated in order to clean up the Rouge River. Team Rouge comprises key government organizations at the federal, state and local levels; residents; Friends of the Rouge ( FOTR); universities; and neighborhood, community and business groups. Sections in the brochure include: What is Team Rouge Doing? Participate in a Program! Where Do You Live in the Watershed? Tips on Being "Rouge-Friendly," and Organizations Dedicated to Cleaning up the Rouge.

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When it Rains Would You Rather...

Rouge Project Public Involvement Work Element

Brochure, June 1995, Order Number: PI-BR-04 *

This brochure focuses on retention treatment basins construction projects and explains how they will work.

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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.