rouge river http://michiganradio.org en Rouge Rescue seeks volunteers for annual river cleanup http://michiganradio.org/post/rouge-rescue-seeks-volunteers-annual-river-cleanup <p></p><p>If you ever want proof that individual actions can make a big difference in our environment, look no further than the <a href="http://therouge.org/index.php?id=687629">Rouge Rescue </a>–&nbsp;the yearly cleanup organized by the <a href="http://www.therouge.org/">Friends of the Rouge River</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Since 1986, the volunteers of Friends of the Rouge River have been working to protect and improve the river. Right now they're in the midst of the annual Rouge Rescue, and looking for willing helping hands.&nbsp;</p><p>Cyndi Ross, the program manager of Friends of the Rouge River, joined us.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 23:20:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 17617 at http://michiganradio.org Rouge Rescue seeks volunteers for annual river cleanup Enviros say sewer plan stinks http://michiganradio.org/post/enviros-say-sewer-plan-stinks <p>Environmental advocates are criticizing a <a href="http://pod.michiganradio.org/documents/dwsdurtexecsummaryFINAL121509.pdf">plan </a>to scale back pollution controls for the sewer system that serves metro Detroit.</p><p>Officials with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department say population loss and the poor economy have forced them to revisit plans to build a massive underground tunnel along the <a href="http://www.therouge.org/">Rouge River</a>.</p><p>The tunnel would store untreated and partially treated sewage so that it wouldn&rsquo;t get dumped into the river during rainstorms. Officials with DWSD say they still plan to build it, but it would be considerably smaller, and construction would be pushed back about a decade.</p><p>But critics say the public should be skeptical. James Clift of the <a href="http://www.environmentalcouncil.org/">Michigan Environmental Council </a>says DWSD has consistently failed to deliver on promises of a cleaner system.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Why should we believe you this time? We&rsquo;ve had decades of permits being issued, and non-compliance from this system.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Officials with the sewer system say their plan is affordable, and within Detroit&rsquo;s ability to fund. And they say that will avoid delays tied to the city&rsquo;s economic recovery.</p><p>There is a public hearing on the proposal tonight at 7:00 at U of M-Dearborn. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 21:32:45 +0000 Sarah Hulett 1401 at http://michiganradio.org Enviros say sewer plan stinks