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North Bronson Industrial Site
Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration
Injuries at the the North Bronson Industrial Area Superfund Site resulted from hazardous substances discharged at and from the site. Contamination downstream was so severe that cows died along the stream. Site investigations and cleanup planning are ongoing, under the direction of the U.S. EPA.
In February 2000, the Service reached a natural resource damage settlement for the Superfund Site. The Service, on behalf of the Department of Interior, was the sole settling natural resource Trustee. The funds available from the settlement for restoration activities total approximately $100,000.
The Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment describe the Service's selected alternative to restore natural resources injured by hazardous substances discharged at or from the site. Injury at the site results from both direct toxicity to natural resources and through toxicity to, and disruption of, supporting habitat. Based on an evalution of various alternatives, the preferred restoration alternative for these settlement funds consists of off-site restoration projects.
Between 2004 and 2016, the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnered with 12 private landowners, the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), the Branch County Conservation District, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and several local contractors to restore 40.1 acres of wetland, 106 acres of grassland, 1.9 acres of forest, and 8,700 feet of stream habitat in the Swan Creek watershed using Natural Resource Damage Assessment funds from the settlement reached in February 2000.
Final Restoration Report (March 2018)
Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (Dec. 27, 2007)