Sally Petrella is the Volunteer Monitoring Program Manager at Friends of the Rouge where she has worked for 17 years. She is responsible for recruiting, training and managing people to collect biological data that is used by local and state agencies to assess and guide restoration of the Rouge River. She expanded the programs to include fish monitoring and her programs have now collected the most complete and current set of data on Rouge River fish communities since the last watershed-wide survey was conducted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in 1995. In addition to engaging people with the river through monitoring, she promotes paddling on the Rouge River as a way to connect people with the resource. She has a Master’s Degree in Biology from the University of Michigan. As president of the Friends of Rouge Park for 15 years, she works to promote environmental education and preservation of Detroit’s largest park.