Annual River Rouge Clean Up
Each spring members of the Novi Rotary brings volunteers together to work toward the common goal of improving the Rouge River for generations to come. This annual river clean up event, known as Rouge Rescue, began in 1986 with volunteers removing large quantities of trash from the river. As river sites improved public perception of the river shifted away from the thought that the river was just an open sewer and a place to dump trash. Today much of the event is focused on river restoration and volunteers work to remove invasive plants from the river corridor, install native plantings and stabilize stream banks to improve the health of the river.