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HFCC Rouge River Clean-Up

June 2, 2012

Henry Ford Community College is teaming up with the Friends of the Rouge and the Alliance of Rouge Communities in the Rouge River Clean-Up to help restore the Rouge River on Saturday, June 2, at 9 a.m. This event will take place at Kingfisher Bluff on HFCC’s main campus.

Sam Greco, HFCC physical plant engineer, is spearheading the College’s involvement in the clean-up. Currently, almost 40 volunteers from HFCC will participate in this event, including members from the HFCC Student Environmental Association. Additionally, members of Boy Scout Troop 1127 from Dearborn will also help in this important activity. The College will provide hot dogs, chips, and beverages for those involved in the clean-up.

HFCC is no stranger to the preservation of the Rouge River. In 2004, the College won a Clean Michigan Initiative (CMI) matching grant from the Michigan Dept. of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to preserve and enhance the Rouge River watershed as a natural ecological, recreational and historical resource for Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Detroit and several Downriver communities.

The grant assisted in the implementation of an innovative plan to reduce the impact of storm water run-off from HFCC’s main campus parking lot into the Rouge River, which helps curtail erosion of the riverbank at Kingfisher Bluff. The river and the bluff run along the western edge of the main campus.

For further information and/or to volunteer, contact Greco at (313) 845-9604 or via email at sgreco@hfcc.edu.


June 2, 2012
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