By Carissa Hutchinson

Do you enjoy the environment and are looking for a way to get involved protecting it? Then check out the Friends of the Detroit River. By hosting river-cleanups and other events, this non-profit environmental organization protects and defends the river while also educating people about it. Some of their events include River Days, Detroit River Water Festival, Island Fest, the FDR Dinner Cruise and the annual Riverkeeper Dinner.

The Riverkeeper (guided by their mission statement for the day to day activities) works in the public interest as someone who is the “eyes and ears” for the public, on the river.

The Detroit Riverkeeper Mission Statement

“The Detroit Riverkeeper is a nonprofit citizen action group organized to protect, preserve and restore the ecological integrity of the Detroit River Watershed for current users and future generations through advocacy and citizen action. The Riverkeeper uses education, communication, partnership building, monitoring and research to accomplish its commitment as the protector of the Detroit River Watershed and to build a stronger sense of community stewardship for its waters.”

The Riverkeeper Fundraising Dinner will be at the Wyandotte Boat Club on Saturday, April 5th. This fundraiser will help raise money to keep the Detroit Riverkeeper boat out on the water.
Starting at 6pm you’ll be able to enjoy a catered dinner, cash bar, door prizes, raffles, and a silent auction. There will also be a presentation on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) Projects, the Riverkeeper Program and other FDR activities.

For more information about the dinner, call (734) 288-3889 or email
To learn more about Friends of the Detroit River watch here or go to their website

Carissa Hutchinson is a senior at Ferris State University studying television and digital media production. She’s currently on two internships with CBS 62/CW50 Detroit and M-1 Studios in Ferndale. While attending college she was a very active member of Delta Zeta and the Media Communications Association. Take a look at Carissa’s work at


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