Rouge River runs thru it

Rouge River runs thru it

UPDATE: Rouge River clean-up day May 30, Saturday. Here are the pictures from the event at Ridge Rd. off McNichols (6 Mile) in Riverdale neighborhood, hosted by Diane and Joe, with Emily and Patrick. We cleaned up the street that lines the river, as well as did some trail-blazing in the poison-ivy infested woods around the river.

 0530151028  0530151020 Diane our leader.

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There is one more opportunity to help at and organized event at the Beech Woods Recreation Center  (Southfield)

Date: June 6
Time: 8:30 AM – 1 PM
Directions: Beech Rd south of 9 Mile.
Activities: Removing trash and managing woody debris in the river.
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Rouge River runs thru it

0409151746Immediately adjacent to the 8 Mile/Telegraph road area is a junction of the winding bending and greenish Rouge (red?) River that runs all the way down to the Detroit River and unto to Great Lakes water system. The image above was taken on Bridge Street at the first light on 8 Mile past Telegraph, heading West. This bridge was the first Carbon Polymer bridge of its kind, built by students and faculty at Lawrence Tech in Southfield. This is the underside of that bridge.

0516151717aThere is also an abandoned golf course on the other side of 8 Mile/Telegraph that features several picturesque bends and branches of this urban river, and which also hosts abundant waterfowl: Canada Geese who are nesting; Blue Heron who are also nesting and fishing. Other birds and wildlife flourish in this nook of nature.

0506151511Details: access from the derelict K-Mart parking lot on Telegraph (northbound); walk down grassy yet trashy area towards interchange at 8 mile. Ignore any signs.

0327151546Update: there is also a new albeit rough DISC GOLF course being set up in this same area, on the site of the old Bonnie Brook Golf Course. We talked to two of the guys who are, like golf-course design farmers, literally hacking and cutting their way through the overgrowth, weeds, and scrub trees to create a walkable and challenging disc golf experience.

0506151517 But there is still trash in the river that backs up with organic debris as well — all of this should be removed and cleaned so that the river’s flow is unimpeded. Some tree decay is acceptable and natural, but too much causes a build up.

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Check out the Friends of the Rouge website where you can find out about volunteer opportunities to preserve the Rouge near you: http://www.therouge.org/ or just show up at one of the following events (I would suggest bringing a day pack with water, bug spray, hat, sunglasses, gloves, plastic bags, and wear rough shoes, a long sleeve shirt + jeans)

1) Beech Woods Recreation Center
Date: June 6
Time: 8:30 AM – 1 PM
Directions: Beech Rd south of 9 Mile.
Activities: Removing trash and managing woody debris in the river.
2) Rouge Valley Parkway
Date: May 30th
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM
Directions: Site is located southeast of Telegraph and 6 Mile.
Activities: Invasive species removal, prepare and plant seeds and transplants, possibly mulch, weed and clear trails.
3) Lola Valley Park
Date: May 30th
Time: 9 AM – 12 PM
Directions: 16100 Lola Dr (approx.); east side of Lola Drive at Puritan Ave.
Activites: Removing trash and garlic mustard.
4) Eliza Howell Park
Date: May 30th
Time: 9:30 AM – 12 PM
Directions: Park is on the south side of Fenkell, just east of Telegraph
Activities: Remove trash and invasive species from the park
5) Rouge Park
Date: May 30th
Time: 8 AM – 1:30 PM
Directions:Southeast corner of Joy Rd and Spinoza
Activities: River and park clean-up
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