Continuing progress on the Rouge River and other watersheds in the metropolitan area to be the focus of meeting at UM-Dearborn Nov. 2

October 19, 2007

DEARBORN / Oct. 19, 2007---The status of the Rouge River watershed and other water-related issues in the Detroit metropolitan area will be the focus of a half-day meeting at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Nov. 2.

Elected officials, government policy makers, environmental activists and concerned citizens are expected to attend the 17th annual meeting focused on the Rouge River.

The meeting will run from 8 a.m. to noon, Friday, Nov. 2 in UM-Dearborn’s Fairlane Center North building, at 19000 Hubbard Dr.

The Rouge River watershed spans approximately 438 square miles, and is home to more than 1.5 million people in 48 communities and three counties.

“Thanks to the bipartisan work in Michigan’s congressional delegation, led by Rep. John Dingell, what once was one of the most polluted rivers in the country has become much cleaner over the past 20 years,” according to Kurt Heise, director of the Wayne County Department of Environment and co-chair of the Rouge River Gateway Partnership.

“We’re going to talk about the progress we’ve made so far, and are also going to look at ways to make even more progress in the future,” Heise said. The Rouge River Gateway Partnership is a coalition of businesses, cultural and academic institutions and governmental agencies along the Rouge River.

Much of the progress on the clean-up of the Rouge has been spurred by the Rouge River National Wet Weather Demonstration Project, a cooperative effort among federal, state and local agencies supported by grants from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and additional funding from local communities.

The meeting is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Those planning to attend should call 313-593-5140, or send an e-mail to



CONTACT: Terry Gallagher
PHONE: 313-593-5518
The Office of University Relations
Room 1040, Administration Building
University of Michigan-Dearborn