Progress report on Rouge River cleanup to be held Oct. 6

September 21, 2006

DEARBORN / Sept. 21, 2006---Elected officials, environmental professionals and community leaders will meet for "Rouge 2006: The Incredible Story Continues" at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Friday, Oct. 6.

The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to noon in the campusís Social Sciences Building.

Rouge 2006 is the 16th consecutive report to Rouge River watershed stakeholders who have worked together to clean up the river and expand the region's capacity to make the Rouge a recreational and environmental asset to the community. The Rouge River watershed spans approximately 438 square miles, and is home to more 1.5 million people in 48 communities and 3 counties.

"We're marking a generation of progress in cleaning up the Rouge River, and the benefits that has brought both to our environment and to our communities," according to Edward Bagale, vice chancellor for government relations at UM-Dearborn. "We're also outlining the challenges still ahead of us, and drawing the map for how to get to where we want to go."

The program, co-sponsored by the University and the Wayne County Department of Environment, will feature presentations by U.S. District Judge John Feikens, Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano and Oakland County Drain Commissioner John McCulloch.

The meeting is free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Those planning to attend should call 313-436-9152, or send an e-mail to



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PHONE: 313-593-5644
The Office of University Relations
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University of Michigan-Dearborn