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 November 12, 2018
    HFE Fishway will remain an active construction area.  Work on the fishway channel will continue with stone and other materials being delivered and excavated materials leaving the site.   The Michigan Avenue lane closures and traffic control devices will remain in place.  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 95% completed with the overall project completion around 75%. 

  • 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)