Public Comment Sought on Draft
Environmental Assessment/ Restoration Plan
for Tobico Marsh outside of Bay City, Michigan
Note: Because of the interruption to our web site, the closing date listed below is a 7 day extension of the original date.
The Service is seeking public comment on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Restoration Plan for Tobico Marsh, a 900-acre wetland near Bay City, Michigan. The EA considers three action alternatives and the required "No Action" alternative. Some highlights of the "preferred alternative" and plan include modifications to the flap gate at Tobico Lagoon, improvements to the existing culverts under Parish Road, and installation of additional culverts under Parish Road and Boutell Road. These improvements are designed to improve water flow through the marsh and reduce the cost of pumping water from Hadd Drain to Saginaw Bay.
The other action alternatives considered included: a) periodic cleaning of the drain culverts and removal of sediment; and b) conducting the same maintenance on the culverts and improving the flap-gate that controls water flows between the marsh and Saginaw Bay. The "No Action" alternative would have made no improvements to the marsh or to the water flow structures.
The Service is holding a meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, 2004, at the Bay City State Recreation Area Visitor Center, 3582 State Park Drive, in Bay City to discuss the EA/Plan. A copy of the plan can be obtained at the Bay City State Recreation Area Visitor Center in Bay City, Michigan or is available below. Written comments on the plan are welcome and can be submitted through April 16, 2004. Comments may be sent to Lisa L. Williams, Ph.D, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2651 Coolidge Road, Suite 101, East Lansing, Michigan 48231; 517-351-8324 (direct phone); 517-351-2555 (general phone); 517-351-1443 (fax); or via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org .
In 1998, the Service, the State of Michigan and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe, acting together as natural resource trustees, negotiated a settlement with General Motors and the cities of Bay City and Saginaw under a Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA). The settlement provided for cleanup of contaminated sediments in Saginaw River, construction of boat launches and a nature park, and restoration of wildlife habitat in portions of the bay and river, including Tobico Marsh. More information on the settlement and its benefits can be found at http://midwest.fws.gov/nrda/saginaw .
APPENDIX A JANUARY 30, 2002 SCOPING MEETING MINUTES
APPENDIX B 1917 LETTER
APPENDIX C CULVERT ANALYSIS CALCULATIONS
APPENDIX D HISTORIC REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE OF BAY COUNTY DRAINS
APPENDIX E HYDROLOGIC ANALYSIS INFORMATION
APPENDIX F FIGURES IDENTIFYING AREAS OF FLOODING
. 100-YEAR FLOOD LEVEL
. RECORDED HIGH WATER LEVEL IN SAGINAW BAY
APPENDIX G INTRA-SERVICE SECTION 7 BIOLOGICAL EVALUATION
APPENDIX H STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION REVIEW