Rouge Rescue ’13 will be coming to several sites along the river stretch in Dearborn Heights and Dearborn Saturday morning.
Friends of the Rouge and its community partners are again welcoming volunteers to spend the day along the river, to roll up their sleeves and lending a hand in improving the quality and appearance of the Rouge River. This area’s participating sites in the June 1 event are Parkland Park, Henry Ford Community College, the University of Michigan-Dearborn Environmental Interpretive Center, and the greenway trail in Ford Field Park.
The Dearborn Heights Watershed Stewards Commission plans to hold registration about 8-8:30 a.m. just inside the Ann Arbor Trail entrance of Parkland Park, 6500 Parkland St.
“We’re hoping for some halfway decent weather tomorrow,” Commissioner Steve Roberts said, adding that commission never works in the river itself because it is too deep in that stretch. The plans are to spend no more than four hours working around the trees planted by the commission several years ago in the area by the football field along Parkland Street and Ann Arbor Trail.
Beyond working on those trees, “we’re not sure what we’re going to do, because we don’t know if the park will be flooded then,” Roberts said. The weather will have a lot to do on the extent of further work done Saturday, he said.
For volunteers who show up at Parkland, the ’50s McDonald’s will be providing chips, doughnut holes and coffee. Roberts added that if some natural fertilizer used on the trees is leftover after the work is over, people can take it home if they want it. For further information on the Parkland site, call (313) 292-1784.
At the far west end of the Henry Ford Community College Campus, 5101 Evergreen Road in Dearborn, they will be taking registration beginning from 8:30 a.m. in the far west end of campus. From 9 a.m.-2 p.m., volunteers will be working the Kingfisher Bluff deck, clearing plants along the bike trail that passes over the river, as well as along the upper banks of the river along the west side of the campus.
“Henry Ford Community College is proud to once again be a part of the Rouge Rescue,” site coordinator Sam Greco said. “We are expecting a good turnout of volunteers again this year, and we will focus our efforts at helping remove some of the invasive species of plants that are rapidly overtaking the banks of the Rouge River, primarily honey suckle and garlic mustard plants.
“We are proud to have several of the HFCC faculty members joining us again this year, all of which have a great deal of expertise on the environment, as well as currently being involved with the FOTR and we look forward to them sharing their knowledge with the volunteers. We are also thankful to the administration at HFCC, who has generously provided refreshments and a hot dog cookout for all of the volunteers,” Greco said.
Joining the effort will be volunteers from in and around the city, as well as numerous members of the student body and faculty, he said, and they will include the Sacred Heart Boy Scout Troop, HFCC Environmental Club, and the Dearborn High School Kiwanis Key Club. The site will have some educational materials to pass out, as well as membership applications to the FOTR.
Registration will take place at the Brady Street entrance of Dearborn’s Ford Field Park to work the greenway from the park. Site coordinator Thomas Trimble said the activity from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. tomorrow will be concentrated on the trail-head at the Andiamo’s parking lot, and will mostly consist of picking up trash.
There are also a couple spots with good access to the river, Trimble said, “and a lot of trash blows into the river from Michigan Avenue.” If it does not rain, he said, volunteers will be picking trash out of the river also.
“If it does rain, we do have a rain date for next Saturday, on June 8,” Trimble said. For further information on this site, call (313) 414-6277 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No site coordinator could be reached for details on the UM-D E.I.C. site.
For dates, times, directions and activities for all participating sites in the rouge, go to www.therouge.org.