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Natural Resource Damage Assessment
Restoration Projects Proposed for Public Comment
The Natural Resource Trustees are proposing 14 projects to fund based on the ideas submitted by the public and stakeholders. These projects and the process that the Trustees used to evaluate all of the ideas we received are described in a Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan that is open for public review and comment until May 14, 2021. This plan also includes an environmental assessment of the expected impacts of the proposed projects.
Presentation on Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan (Online Public Meeting, April 29, 2021)
Recording of Public Meeting on Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan (April 29, 2021)
Submitting Ideas for Restoration Projects
Do you have an idea for a specific restoration project in the Kalamazoo River watershed? The Natural Resource Trustees for the Kalamazoo River are interested in hearing from you. You can use the online portal below to provide the Trustees with information about one or more projects you wish to have considered.
Restoration activities are complementary to cleanup, and will focus on restoring or enhancing ecological services in aquatic, riparian, and upland habitats. The Trustees’ vision is to contribute to restoring and maintaining the Kalamazoo River’s ecosystem similar to its structure and function before degradation by dams and pollution.
You can view the Trustees’ existing project evaluation criteria in the 2016 Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (below, see section 2.3). These criteria will be used to screen and evaluate ideas before the Trustees propose specific projects to the public to be funded for implementation.
The Trustees are evaluating ideas they received by March of 2020 for a first a round of funding decisions in 2021 but are continuing to request ideas for future rounds of funding.
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• Federal Register Notice of Availability: Final Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Restoration Resulting From the Kalamazoo River Natural Resource Damage Assessment (3-page PDF )
• Federal Register Notice of Availabililty and Request for Comments: Draft Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Restoration Resulting From the Kalamazoo River Natural Resource Damage Assessment
• Notice of Intent To Prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Riverwide Restoration Plan Federal Register Notice, February 18, 2014 (3-page PDF ; February 2014)
- The Trustees received one comment on this Notice of Intent: NOI comment letter from U.S. EPA, March 17, 2014
Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment, Portage Creek and Operable Unit 1 (111-page PDF ; August 2013)
Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment, Portage Creek and Operable Unit 1
• Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment, Portage Creek and Operable Unit 1 (91-page PDF ; April 2012)