Rouge River AOC

Contact: Jennifer Tewkesbury 517-897-3257

The Rouge River Area of Concern includes the entire Rouge River watershed. This urban/suburban watershed of 48 communities drains 466 square miles of southeastern Michigan and discharges into the Detroit River. The Rouge River suffers from urban watershed stressors including combined sewer overflows, sanitary sewer overflows, nonpoint source and point source discharges, contaminated sediments, and high flow variability. These stressors have resulted in poor biotic communities, impoundment eutrophication, channel morphology perturbation, and public health advisories for fish consumption.