PHONE: (313) 593-5518
DATE: October 1, 2004
"Rouge River Restoration Celebration" set
for Rouge 2004 meeting in Dearborn on Oct. 15
DEARBORN---Elected officials, environmental professionals and community leaders will meet for a "Rouge River Restoration Celebration" at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center in Dearborn on Oct. 15.
The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to noon.
The celebration is part of the annual meeting of Rouge River watershed
stakeholders who have worked together for a number of years to clean up
the river and expand the region's understanding of the Rouge as a recreational
and environmental asset to the community.
"We're going to hear a lot of serious hard facts about how what
once was the most polluted rivers in the country has become much cleaner
over the past 20 years," according to Edward Bagale, vice chancellor
for government relations at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and co-chair
of the Rouge
River Gateway Partnership. "And we're going to talk about how
the progress we've made so far can show us the way to make even more progress
in the future."
The Gateway Partnership is a coalition of businesses, cultural and academic
institutions and governmental agencies along the Rouge River.
"We have made a lot of progress making the river cleaner over the
last 10 years, and the coalitions that have been built are a model of
political cooperation that hold a lot of promise for our common future,"
Among other topics, the meeting will describe the "Assembly of Rouge
Communities," a group representing the more than 40 municipalities
in the Rouge River watershed.
Other speakers will include Wayne
County Executive Robert Ficano, Dearborn
Mayor Michael Guido, and members of the state's congressional delegation,
including Debbie Stabenow, John
Dingell, Joe Knollenberg,
John Conyers, Carolyn
Cheeks Kilpatrick and Thaddeus
The meeting is free and open to the public, but registration is requested.
Those planning to attend should call (313) 593-5140, or send an e-mail