Rouge River Library Collection (RRA)

The Rouge River Archive (RRA) is a special Wayne State University Library collection of reports, conference proceedings, and other documents related to efforts to remediate and manage the watershed of the Rouge River in Southeastern Michigan located in the WSU Purdy-Kresge Library, Room 133. To access the RRA, contact special collection librarian Cindy Krolikowski, 313-577-3311.

Topics represented in the collection include:

  • hydrology
  • storm water management
  • wetlands and watershed management
  • illegal discharge
  • control of combined sewer overflows
  • sampling and monitoring
  • public education and involvement

Items in the collection were published by a variety of government agencies and consultants between 1955-1995; the focus of the collection is the period between 1978-1995 when efforts to manage pollution and flooding in the watershed gained momentum. The items in the Rouge River archive were originally collected by Dr. Ralph Kummler (former chair of Wayne State's Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) and transferred to the WSU Library System for curation. Dr. Kummler collected the material with the assistance of WSUdepartments and faculty including:

  • Biological Sciences (Dr. Donna Kashian)
  • Chemistry (Dr. Judy Westrick)
  • Civil and Environmental Engineering (Drs. Thomas Heidtke, Carol Miller and Shawn McElmurry)
  • Geological Science (Dr. Mark Baskaran)
  • Pharmacy & Health Science (Dr. David Pitts)
  • School of Medicine - Physiology (Dr. Jeffrey Ram)

NOTE: Usage of the materials is limited to the Purdy-Kresge Library building.