About the Alliance of Rouge Communities (ARC)

The Alliance of Rouge Communities (ARC), a 501(c)(3) organization, is a voluntary public watershed entity currently comprised of 35 municipal governments (i.e. cities, townships and villages), three counties (Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw), Henry Ford Community College, University of Michigan-Dearborn and cooperating partners (i.e. other organizations) as authorized by Part 312 (Watershed Alliances) of the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act (MCL 324.101 to 324.90106) as amended by Act No. 517, Public Acts of 2004.

The purpose of the ARC is to provide an institutional mechanism to encourage watershed-wide cooperation and mutual support to meet water quality permit requirements and to restore beneficial uses of the Rouge River to the area residents.

Current and recently completed projects include:

  • 2017 GLRI USDA Forest Service Restoring Tree Canopy in the Rouge River - Learn more about the project
  • 2016 USEPA funded Henry Ford Estate Dam Fishway Construction - Learn more about the project

    HFE Fishway Project Construction Week of October 15, 2018
    HFE Fishway will remain an active construction area.  Additional trees and equipment will be delivered on Monday and earthwork and planting will continue through the week.  The contract will re-instate the lane closures and traffic control devices along Michigan Avenue during the early part of the week.  The Gateway Trail will be closed by the contractor during the work week next week (Monday – Friday) and reopened for weekend passage.  The construction of the channel is approximately 30% completed with the overall project completion around 20%.

  • 2016 USEPA funded Oxbow Phase III Construction - Learn more about the project
  • 2015 GLRI NOAA funded Henry Ford Estate Dam Fishway design project - Learn more about the project
  • Storm Water, Asset Management and Wastewater (SAW) Grant Program


Health of the Rouge River

Rouge River Watershed (click on a subwatershed for larger map)