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Friends of the Rouge/SOCWA

 Healthy Lawn Care Tips
 Naturescaping for the Rouge River

Friends of the Rouge is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting restoration and stewardship of the Rouge River ecosystem through education, citizen involvement and other collaborative efforts, for the purpose of improving the quality of life for the people, plants, and animals of the watershed. The Rouge River covers 466 square miles in three counties and 42 communities in the metropolitan Detroit area.  Additional information at; Friends of the Rouge events:

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CONTACT: Sally Petrella
Volunteer Monitoring Program Manager

Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority (SOCWA)

It is the mission of the Southeastern Oakland County Water Authority to continually serve our customers with adequate volume and sufficient pressure for fire protection with emphasis on delivering high quality potable water, all at a cost that is reasonable and competitive.

To accomplish our mission, we must strive to uphold the following objectives:

  • Maintain adequate volumetric water supply
  • Maintain adequate pressure for fire protection and other public safety uses
  • Maintain water quality, with emphasis on producing potable water
  • Serve critical customers. Maintain reasonable costs for member communities.

Healthy Lawn Care Program for Watershed Protection

 A Guide to Selecting a Lawn Service for Watershed Protection
 2014 Healthy Lawn Care Tips

This innovative program, sponsored by the Michigan Green Industry Association, encourages private lawn services to follow sound lawn care practices and reduce the inputs of fertilizers and pesticides that are often applied.

The program was first developed around 2000 -- with leadership from the private sector and advice from Michigan State University. The "healthy lawn care program" is offered by the endorsed companies as an option. Some companies offer a variety of programs (including the "healthy lawn program") while others specialize in "healthy lawn program" only.

Please note the phosphorus requirements of zero phosphorus or low-phosphorus. The specific definitions for allowed fertilizers are specified in the Michigan Fertilizer Act.

The other recommended practices, however, go beyond Michigan law. They are recommended practices for healthy lawns with strong roots...e.g., plants that hold soil in place.

If you would like further information or materials on healthy lawn care, please let me know! Various flyers and a video can be found on our website