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.

ARC activities under 2016 ARC budget:

  • 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 (PIE1)
    • Provide  up to 4 workshops
    • Provide support and materials to the Green Schools Program
  • Public Education Materials (PIE2)
    • Provide plants for community events
    • Printing of public education materials including seasonal posters
  • Website Maintenance (PIE3)
  • Public Education Campaign Implementation (PIE4)
    • Design of seasonal posters
    • Provide education campaign on billboards and buses
  • Watershed Stewardship and Reporting (PIE5)
    • FOTR activities report for use by communities
  • Rouge River Macroinvertebrate Monitoring (TC1)
  • IDEP Activities
    • IDEP field activities
    • IDEP Training

ARC activities 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 in 2016:

  • 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
  • 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:

Friends of the Rouge
Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority
Wayne State University
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.