Rouge River Watershed
Franklin is fortunate to have three tributaries to
the Rouge River running through the Village. The entire
Rouge River Watershed is approximately 466 square miles
and includes all or parts of 48 communities and 3
counties. To manage this large area more effectively,
local units of governments decided to divide the whole
Rouge River Watershed into seven Subwatersheds based on
the 4 main branches of the Rouge River - the Main
branch, the Upper branch, the Middle branch, and the
Lower branch - and certain political jurisdictions.
Click on this link for a map of the entire Rouge River
Because the storm water for the Village drains into
the Rouge River, the Village has obtained a Michigan
General Storm Water Permit issued by the Department of
Environmental Quality. This permit establishes the
process for developing watershed management plans to
address the control of storm water and other sources of
One component of the Michigan General Storm Water
Permit is the Storm Water Pollution Prevention
Initiative (SWPPI). The SWPPI includes evaluation and
implementation of pollution prevention and good
housekeeping practices as well as implementation of Best
Management Practices to minimize impacts of new
development and redevelopment.
Education is a key component of the SWPPI and there
are many resources that provide information and programs
to encourage protection of the river. This website will
post information on upcoming programs or you can check
out the Friends of the Rouge, the Rouge River Project,
Alliance of Rouge Communities, or SOCWA by clicking on
the links below.
The 2010 Rouge River Monitoring and Assessment Report is
now available by
clicking here. This report summarizes the
stream flow and dissolved oxyget data collected through
the end of 2010.
HEALTHY LAWN CARE VIDEO - A short 7
minute video has been produced by
SOCWA that features lawn care
practices of 3 homeowners in the
Rouge River watershed.
socwa Healthy Lawn from Village of Franklin on Vimeo.
Friends of the Rouge
Rouge River Project
MDEQ – Pollution Prevention
Septic Field Maintenance information
Streamside Journal article: River Rouge Trail -
Changing Course from Sewer to Scenic Waterway