53rd Annual Rouge River Cleanup set for Saturday, May 20

May 10, 2023

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The city of Southfield will host the 53rd Annual Rouge River Cleanup on Saturday, May 20 from 9 a.m. – noon. The event is a half-day cleanup and celebration of the City’s continued commitment to the restoration and revitalization of the Rouge River.

“The Rouge River, which encompasses 126 miles of urban waterway, runs through 48 communities in southeastern Michigan, providing flood relief and rural serenity,” commented Southfield’s Storm Water Manager Brandy Siedlaczek. “The cleanup helps protect this valuable natural resource by removing invasive species that cause impairments to habitat and wildlife in our river system –  allowing the river to flow naturally and heal itself along with affording local residential, education and business communities the opportunity to work together to improve the environment.”

A volunteer event will also be held on Saturday, May 20 at Berberian Woods in Southfield to remove invasive plants and weeding from 9 a.m. – noon at the end of Streamwood which you enter off 12 Mile, west of Bell Road east of Telegraph. Walk down two-track lane and cross the bridge.

The general public is invited to participate. Call Storm Water Manager Brandy Siedlaczek at (248) 796-4806 for more information.