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Annual 'Rouge Rescue' takes place across southeastern Michigan in effort to improve waterways


DEARBORN, Michigan — A nonprofit dedicated to restoring the Rouge River in southeastern Michigan is holding its annual spring cleanup.

The "Rouge Rescue" event organized by Friends of the Rouge is Saturday.

The work brings together thousands of volunteers for cleanup and restoration activities. It is credited for helping to improve water quality.

The Rouge River meanders through heavily developed residential and industrial areas before emptying into the Detroit River. It was a dumping ground for decades, but its health has improved amid efforts by local leaders, volunteers and federal officials to support the cleanup.

Details on volunteer opportunities are posted on the website of Dearborn-based Friends of the Rouge. Another workday is planned for June 6.



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