Become a Member!

Primary Members
Townships, cities, villages and counties (or county agencies) that hold a state permit for water discharge into the Rouge River. Follow this link to view a list of current members.

Associate Members
Public school districts, public colleges or universities, or any other local or regional public agency that has been issued a state permit for a water discharge into the Rouge River.

The governing bodies of Primary and Associate Members must voluntarily by resolution adopt the ARC Bylaws. Primary Members pay annual dues using a formula determined by its population in the watershed. Associate Members are assessed dues on a case-by-case basis.

Examples of ARC activities:

  • Executive Director Services
    • Support ARC meetings (Full, Executive, Organization, Finance, Technical and PIE)
    • Provide financial services
    • Provide administration and communication
    • Pursue grant opportunities
    • Provide FOIA and Open Meetings Act requirements
  • Accounting and insurance requirements
  • Green Infrastructure Campaign
    • Provide workshops
    • Provide support and materials to the Green Schools Program
  • Public Education Materials
    • Provide tree seedlings/native plant seeds for community events
    • Printing of public education materials including seasonal posters
  • Website and Facebook
  • Public Education Campaign Implementation
    • Design of public educational items
    • Provide education campaign on billboards and buses
  • Watershed Stewardship and Reporting
    • Friends of the Rouge activities support and reporting for use by communities
  • Rouge River Macroinvertebrate Monitoring
  • IDEP Activities
    • IDEP field activities
    • IDEP Training

ARC activities that were completed under 2015-2018 SAW budget:

  • Public Education Planning
    • Develop of a Public Participation Plan
    • Complete and negotiate with MDEQ on a Collaborative Public Education Plan
    • Create a public attitudes survey
  • IDEP Planning
    • Complete and negotiate with MDEQ on a Collaborative IDEP Plan
    • Mapping of outfalls
    • Review of community ordinances and suggest modifications if needed
  • Municipal Facility Pollution Prevention/Good Housekeeping Planning (P2/GH)
    • Inventory municipal facilities, prioritize potential impact on stormwater and map stormwater controls
    • Identify high priority facilities and develop pollution prevention plans.
    • Develop community SOPs for storm sewer maintenance
    • Prioritize street sweeping and catch basins and other controls for maintenance
    • Review/update the Greater Lansing Area BMP manual to ensure applicability to ARC members
    • Develop measurable goals and methods to assess effectiveness of P2/GH efforts
    • Develop training procedures for municipal employees on P2/GH and IDEP
    • Review contractor requirements and develop procedures for notifying contractors of the municipality’s P2/GH procedures and provide oversight
    • Develop standard operating procedures (SOPs) for managing stormwater from construction sites
  • TMDL Implementation Planning
    • Develop and negotiate with MDEQ on a Collaborative TMDL Plan
    • Compile Stormwater Management Plan and meet with Technical Committee, member communities, MDEQ and other stakeholders
  • Ecosystem Monitoring
    • Develop a sustainable monitoring plan to include flow, dissolved oxygen, macroinvertebrate monitoring and grab samples for E. coli, total suspended solids and phosphorus
    • Conduct monitoring, analyze data and prepare reports
  • Identify members interested and research options regarding a Stormwater Funding Framework

ARC Activities under other grants:

  • USFS EAB Grant
    • Communities installation of trees and reports
    • Status reports to USFS
    • Final project summary to USFS
  • GLRI Wayne County Invasive Species
    • Provide training materials and 3 training days
  • GLRI USEPA Restoration activities at:
    • Tamarack Creek, Johnson Creek, and Seeley Creek
  • GLRI USEPA & NOAA Oxbox Restoration
  • GLRI USEPA & NOAA HFE Dam Fish Passage Design
    • Conceptual design, 60%/90%/100% design plans development
    • Development of technical specifications
    • Development of MDEQ permit application
  • SPAC RRAC facilitation
    • Staff RRAC meetings and update website
    • Communication with MDEQ regarding Habitat Restoration Project List
    Cooperating Partners
    The ARC encourages the involvement of non-profit organizations, other public agencies or entities, businesses, and residents who share a common interest in protection and restoration of the Rouge River . Those who provide their time, services, expertise or other resources toward the common goal of protection and restoration of the river will be recognized as non-voting, Cooperating Partners.

The current ARC Cooperating Partners are:

Great Lakes Water Authority
Friends of the Rouge

Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority
Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
Cranbrook Institute of Science
Rouge River Advisory Council
The Henry Ford

How to Join
Send a letter to: Alliance of Rouge Communities, 46036 Michigan Ave., Suite 126, Canton, MI 48188, Attn: Organization Committee or send an email to the ARC with Organization Committee in the subject field.