Thursday, January 24, 2013
Why a sighting of this dam-building creature is good news for the river.
On July 15, 2012, Rick Simek of the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Environmental Interpretive Center snapped a photo of a beaver in the Rouge River in Dearborn. Big deal, right? But what might seem like a normal occurrence could actually be a sign of the increasing water and habitat quality of the Rouge watershed, which includes Plymouth and Canton. According to a piece written by Simek in the EIC's spring newsletter, beaver trapping led to the local extinction of the species in Metro Detroit in the 1830s, with "no traces of the species left by 1877." Though several other reports of beaver sightings and markings had been reported in recent years in the Rouge and other nearby rivers, Simek's photo is proof of the beaver's return to …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
The insects are a sign that the river, which runs through the Farmington area, is healthy.
Are you looking for something to do this winter that is fun and helps a good cause? Friends of the Rouge (FOTR) is looking for volunteers to help with the 12th annual search for stoneflies on Saturday Jan. 26. The Rouge River watershed flows through Farmington and Farmington Hills. Finding a stonefly living in the river is a good indication that the river is healthy, because these small insects require cold, clean water. Last year, 73 volunteers found these “nuggets of gold” at 14 of 32 sites. This year, they hope to find even more. The search begins at the University of Michigan-Dearborn at 9 a.m. No searching is done in Dearborn; volunteers carpool out in 10-12 teams to Rouge streams located around metropolitan Detroit. Volunteers must …
Thursday, May 12, 2011
The first time the sun came out over Canton, some folks headed to their favorite spot: Lower Rouge Recreational Trail.
The Lower Rouge Recreation Trail is a joint project by Canton Township, Wayne County, and the Michigan Department of Transportation. When completed, it will link walking trails ranging from Canton Center Road to Hannan Road. Take a peek at what the Lower Rouge trail looks like this spring. Do you have a series of Canton or Western Wayne County photos on a single theme? Share your art with Patch; email email@example.com for details