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Natural Resource Damage Assessment
Tittabawassee River, Michigan

 

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Restoration Plan and Projects

 

Restoration Plan

 

In their Restoration Plan, the Trustees evaluated a range of restoration actions and alternatives which would provide benefits to natural resources to compensate the public for losses to natural resources injured by releases from Dow's Midland plant. The Trustees released the Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Tittabawassee River System on November 8, 2019, for public review and comment through December 30, 2019. Based on the comments received, the Trustees published the Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Tittabawassee River System on March 10, 2020.

Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment

Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment

Appendices for Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment

 

 

 

Restoration Projects

 

Map of area where all of the projects will be conducted. The location of the projects are indicated on the map and described in the restoration plan.

 

 

 Restoration projects that Dow will implement or fund:

 

Midland Fish Passage

The Dow Dam on the Tittabawassee River in Midland currently impedes fish passage during most flow conditions. The Midland Fish Passage Project will provide a fish passage structure that improves the ability for fish to swim upstream and downstream while maintaining water elevations upstream. The Project will provide fish access to important upstream aquatic habitats and expand recreational fishing opportunities.

 

Eagle Ridge Nature Area

Preserves and enhances 140 acres of forest and marsh habitat in Midland, providing a unique urban nature preserve adjacent to the existing Stratford Woods Park.

 

Greater Midland Nature Preserve

Preserves and enhances 1,460 acres of existing farmland and woodlands across three tracts southeast of Midland. The approximately 940 acres of farmland currently present will be restored to natural habitat, including wetlands. Provides public access trails and conservation education in prairie, wetland and forest habitats.


Tittabawassee River Floodplain Restoration and Bike Trail

Preserves 490 acres of floodplain habitat along the Tittabawassee River south of Midland. The existing 175 acres of farmland on the site will be restored to natural habitat. Develops approximately 2 miles of bike trail and additional nature trails within the floodplain, along the Tittabawassee River, with the goal of connecting to the Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail, a larger bike trail system in the area.

 

Thomas Township Nature Preserve

Provides partial funding to restore 60 acres of farmland which will be open to the public as a nature preserve with outdoor recreation, including river access for kayaking, canoeing and fishing.

 

Tittabawassee River Green Corridor

Protects 2,000 acres of private land in the Tittabawassee River floodplain, between Midland and Saginaw, from future development through conservation easements (as of October of 2019, over 1,800 acres already recorded).

 

Saginaw Riverfront Park

Provides funding to help create and maintain the 332 acres of Saginaw Riverfront Park in urban Saginaw.

 

Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge Restoration Projects

Provides funding for restoration enhancements expected to affect 2,708 acres.

 

Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge Expansion

Land for hunting will be acquired, preserved, and made available to the public using $1.2 million in dedicated funds. This is in addition to preserving approximately 150 acres along the Tittabawassee River in Saginaw that was already purchased with funding provided by Dow and is being managed by the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge.

 

Saginaw River Mouth Boating Access Site Expansion

Expands parking capabilities by 50 spaces and increases the boat launch lanes from 5 to 8 to improve capacity and efficiencies at this popular Michigan Department of Natural Resources access site.

 

Bay City Ecological Restoration

Preserves and restores wetlands, lake plain prairie and other habitat types on 415 acres near the mouth of the Saginaw River, including phragmites management and incorporating nature trails and shoreline fishing opportunities.

 

Saginaw Bay Spawning Reef Project

Provides funds to allow the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and its partners to construct a rock reef, or reefs, in Saginaw Bay to provide fish habitat and spawning areas.

 

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Restoration

Provides funding to preserve and restore approximately 80 acres of habitat near Standish by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.

 

 

Additional projects that Dow will implement under the direction of the State of Michigan:

 

BaySail

Provides land and partial funding for a docking facility and education center for BaySail, near the Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse and adjacent to the Bay City Ecological Restoration Project.

 

Saginaw River Rear Range Lighthouse

Provides funding for lighthouse renovation and preservation, adjacent to the Bay City Ecological Restoration Project.

 


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