Working For Its Preservation And Improvement

Our Mission

The Friends of the Detroit River envisions an ever improving quality of life for people, plants and animals in southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario. We will do that through the development of a balance of grass roots advocacy and staffed programs, forming an environmental group that watches and protects the Detroit River. Our efforts will include the creation of a highly visible resource center focusing on Detroit River issues, programs, research, policies and partnerships.


The Detroit Riverkeeper Program

The heart of what the Friends of the Detroit River (FDR) is all about is the Detroit Riverkeeper Program. The Detroit Riverkeeper Program was established in the fall of 2002, when FDR's program was accepted as a member of the international organization known as the Waterkeeper Alliance. The celebration of the establishment of the Riverkeeper Program that fall was attended by Robert Kennedy, Jr., as a representative of the Alliance. The Friends of the Detroit River is a citizens' advocacy group, and the Riverkeeper Program serves as our most visible program to protect the interests of the river and the citizens of the surrounding community. There is a paid staff member, the Detroit Riverkeeper, who patrols the river in our Riverkeeper boat, and serves as the "eyes and ears" of the citizens of the river community. The Riverkeeper also works closely with various state and federal agencies, as well as local watershed groups, non-profit organizations, elected officials, and citizens to ensure that our interests in the preservation and improvement of the Detroit River are protected. READ MORE

The Detroit River Riverkeeper

The Detroit Riverkeeper

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Big or small, every bit helps, and goes a long way in preserving the quality of our great resource, the Detroit River. Your donations are 100% tax deductable and are used to support the work we do to protect and defend the river, which includes citizen advocacy, public education, and habitat protection and restoration.



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Calendar - What's Coming Up

Up Coming Events on the Detroit River

Riverkeeper Dinner

March 28, 2015

The Detroit Riverkeeper Program is central to the mission of the Friends of the Detroit River, and the Riverkeeper Dinner each spring is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of FDR and the Riverkeeper Program. VIEW FULL DETAILS HERE


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Lower Detroit River Cleanup

April 25, 2015

In late April each year, a flotilla of small boats ferries eager volunteers out to various islands and shorelines in the Lower Detroit River to collect the accumulated debris that has collected over the past year. This event is the Lower Detroit River Cleanup, and is based at Rotary Park in Trenton, thanks to the support of the City of Trenton.
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Shiver on the River Detroit