The Friends of the Detroit River have been licensed by the International
Waterkeeper Alliance to form the new Detroit Riverkeeper Program. To celebrate
the launch of the new Riverkeeper Program, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
link to bio below) will be coming to southeast Michigan for two days of
public events and fundraising activities.
The schedule of events is attached. To get more information, or to purchase
tickets to the fundraising events, please call Elisabeth at 734-327-0019,
or email at
As part of the celebrations, there will be three "riverside fairs" which
are intended to be fun environmental fairs, with fun for kids, entertainment,
and displays of environmental projects, programs, and technologies.
These fairs are open to the public and FREE.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.
will make a brief appreance at each of the fairs. There will be a fourth
fair that will be for Riverkeeper members only, at the Enviroment Interpretative
Center on the UM Dearborn campus. Visitors to the fairs will have the only
opportunity in southeast Michigan to take a ride on the Segway (see links
below), a new innovation in mobility. Other technologies for alternative
transportation will also be on display.
We are looking for additional fair participants.
The four fairs
Friday Oct. 25 3am-9pm, Riverside Park in Ann Arbor
Saturday Oct. 26 9am-3pm, Flynn Pavilion, Belle Isle
Saturday Oct. 26 11am-5pm Elizabeth Park in Trenton
Saturday Oct.26 12-4pm Environment Interpretative Center, UM Dearborn
We are seeking displays and activities that are ideally more than just a
table with some literature on it. The more interactive or hands-on, the
better. There is no fee for non-profits or government groups to participate,
and we are very receptive to helping groups with their booths or displays.
If non-profit groups sell paraphernalia, we are asking for a donation of
10% of the fair-related profits (this does not include any new memberships
in your group, only things you might sell). Please contact me, Elisabeth
L. Daley at the addresses above, or at
, or 734-327-0019. Come have fun, meet Bobby Kennedy Jr., and let the
public know what exciting things your group is up to!
Other sponsoring persons and groups are:
Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje
The Huron River Watershed Council
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick
The Friends of the Rouge River
The Clinton River Watershed Council
St. Clair Channelkeeper
Rouge River Gateway Partnership
The Friends of Belle Isle
The University of Michigan SNRE
The University of Michigan Dearborn
The University of Michigan Office of the President
The US Fish & Wildlife Service
The American Heritage River Initiative
The Detroit Audubon Society