We have compiled a list of tips to help prevent pollution in the Rouge River.
1. Maintaining lawns and gardens
Keep fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides off paved
surfaces and out of drainage paths. When choosing a
fertilizer, select a slow-release formula. Click here for more
information on maintaining lawn and gardens to reduce pollution.
2. Winter snow removal tips
Road salt can be harmful to the river, plants and
animals. Click here for river friendly snow and ice
3. Landscape with native plants/avoid invasive plants
Native plants save time and money. Click here for more information
on the use of native plants and avoiding invasive plants.
4. Washing your automobile
Direct polluted wash water away from streets and storm
drains. Wash your car on your lawn or better--go to a
5. Repairing your Automobile
Repair vehicles only in areas where leaks and spills
cannot flow toward storm drains, or better--take it to a
6. Caring for pets and other animals
Clean up animal waste before it rains. Throw it in the
trash or flush it down the toilet.
7. Disconnecting /Redirecting Downspouts
Disconnect downspouts from sewer systems. Direct
them into a vegetated area away from building
8. Cleaning up spills and leaks
Do not use your hose as a broom. Do not wash or
sweep debris, spilled or leaked materials into storm
9. Managing household hazardous waste
Properly dispose of household hazardous waste and
call your local community to find out if they have a
collection day. Use non-toxic alternatives when
possible. Click here for more information about
household hazardous waste.
10. Installing and repairing plumbing
Connect plumbing in your home to the sanitary sewer
only, not to the storm drains.
11. Installing driveways, walkways and patios
Use paving materials that are porous and/or sloped
toward vegetated areas.
12. Maintaining septic systems
Operate, maintain and clean septic systems properly.
Hook up to a sanitary sewer where available. Click here for more
13. Travel Trailer Waste
Protect the environment while you enjoy it! Make sure
you dispose of waste properly and take it a disposal
facility. Empty your tanks before you leave each
campground/resort. Do NOT dump the waste into a
storm drain! The following facilities accept recreation
vehicle waste in this area:
- Wayne County Fairgrounds and RV Park
10871 Quirk Road, Belleville, MI – 734-697-7002
- Walt Michael’s RV Center
44700 I-94 Service Drive, Belleville – 734-697-2500
For locations throughout Michigan visit www.rvdumps.com/mi
14. Fats, Oil and Grease
Referred to as FOG, Fats, Oil and Grease in sewer pipes can
create pollution problems for the Rouge River. Click here to learn
For more information on preventing pollution to the Rouge River, call the Rouge Information Line at (888) 223-2363 or visit our web site at www.rougeriver.com