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Restoration Projects Proposed for Portage Creek and Kalamazoo River Areas
Midwest Region, May 1, 2012
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Restoring fish, wildlife and other natural resources in the Kalamazoo River watershed that were injured as the result of PCB contamination was the topic of a public meeting held on May 1, 2012, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dr. Lisa Williams of the East Lansing Field Office represented the state and federal trustees for the natural resources of the Kalamazoo River and presented a draft restoration plan which describes potential restoration projects that could compensate for injuries to natural resources related to releases of contaminants from the former Allied Paper Mill (OU 1) portion of the Superfund site along Portage Creek in Kalamazoo. Approximate 25 people attended the meeting and participated in discussions during and after the presentation.

 

Trustees prepared the draft restoration plan as part of a Natural Resources Damage Assessment, a process that evaluates impacts of released contaminants and seeks ways to restore natural resources. Trustees for the Kalamazoo River include the Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources, the Michigan Attorney General, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The draft restoration plan also serves as an Environmental Assessment for purposes of the National Environmental Policy Act. The draft plan/EA is open for public comment until June 1, 2012.
Copies of the plan are available at the Kalamazoo Public Library and on MDEQ and USFWS websites:
http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3311_4109_4217-84646--,00.html
http://www.fws.gov/midwest/es/ec/nrda/KalamazooRiver
 

Contact Info: Lisa Williams, 517-351-8324, lisa_williams@fws.gov



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