Wayne, Washtenaw and Oakland County residents live in the Rouge River Watershed (and sometimes more than one!) Click on the area you live in above to see which sub-watershed you are in.
So why is this important to know? No matter where you are at any given time, you are in a watershed, and your actions directly impact the health of that watershed. Additionally, the health of that watershed impacts you, everyone around you, and even the communities downstream. When rain and snow/ice melt travel across the land (watershed) and through storm drains, it is called stormwater or runoff. As this runoff travels it picks up trash, contaminants, sediments and dissolved substances along the way until it discharges into the nearest water body. Small streams join to form rivers and flow across sloping land, eventually flowing into a lake. These bodies of water impacted by runoff provide recreational opportunities, habitat for wildlife, and even drinking water for communities. By keeping our cars from leaking, litter off the streets, and properly disposing of animal and chemical wastes we are being good stewards by protecting not only the health of our watershed but also ourselves and everything downstream.
ARC BROCHURESWatershed Wisdom for Homowners - Healthy Habits for Clean Water
Protect the Rouge River - Dispose of Fats, Oils and Grease Properly Rouge Waterfront Wisdom - Healthy Habits for Clean WaterValue of Trees Maintaining Your Detention Pond - A Guidebook for Private Owners in Southeast Michigan Rouge Growing Green - Naturalizing the Home Garden
THINGS YOU CAN DOProtect water quality in your watershed Proper use and disposal of chemicals Household Hazardous Waste Recognize illegal dumping & report it Learn about things you can do in your yard Incorporate Green Infrastructure Maintaining your septic system Best management practices for businesses