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:
- 2018 USEPA funded habitat design projects in AOC - Tamarack Creek in Southfield and Johnson Creek Fish Hatchery in Northville
- 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, EPA announcement
HFE Fishway Project Construction Update 1/11/19
No work has occurred onsite since December 21, 2018. It is currently planned for work to re-commence on Monday, January 14, 2019. The lane closures on Michigan Avenue will be reinstated when work resumes. The Gateway Trail is open to pedestrian traffic until work resumes. The construction of the channel is approximately 98% completed with the overall project completion around 80%.
- 2016 USEPA funded Oxbow Phase III Construction - Learn more about the project, EPA announcement
- 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