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Natural Resource Damage Assessment
Tittabawassee River, Michigan
Funding available for natural resource restoration in the Saginaw Bay watershed
The Tittabawassee River and the Saginaw River and Bay Natural Resource Trustee Councils are jointly requesting pre-proposals for restoration projects to be implemented in the Saginaw Bay watershed. Priority will be given to projects that benefit the natural resources most impacted by the release historically of hazardous substances into the Tittabawassee River and the Saginaw River and Bay.
Pre-proposals must be submitted by Dec. 31, 2021.
What types of projects will be considered?
Projects must provide benefits to natural resources in the Saginaw Bay watershed. Many types of projects that benefit fish, wildlife and their habitats will be considered. These include, but are not limited to, the following types of projects:
Restoring, enhancing or preserving wetland habitats, including within floodplains and coastal wetlands.
Restoring, enhancing or preserving upland habitats, including forests, islands and lake-plain prairie.
Restoring rivers and streams through adding natural structure, reducing channelization, reconnecting rivers to their floodplains and improving habitat along the banks.
Removing barriers to fish movement from undersized culverts and dams.
Enhancing native plant species and controlling invasive species.
Increasing recreational opportunities in conjunction with natural habitat enhancements.
Who can submit project pre-proposals?
Anyone is welcome to submit a pre-proposal whether they have the capacity to implement the project themselves or not. If a project idea fits well with the Trustees’ goals and objectives, we can work with local, state, federal or tribal units of government, tribes and inter-tribal consortia, nonprofit organizations or private entities to implement a project.
What range of funding is available?
The Trustees have $5.7 million available and intend to select a suite of projects to benefit multiple natural resources, so individual pre-proposals for Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDAR) funding should not exceed $1 million. Matching contributions are not required but will be considered when evaluating overall benefits of the proposed use of NRDAR funding.
How do I submit a pre-proposal?
Pre-proposals can be submitted online here. The online form asks for a project description, estimated costs and NRDAR funding needed. The portal also allows those submitting project pre-proposals to place a pin for the location on an interactive map. Applicants will also be able to upload a concept drawing or design plan if they would like. The online form then provides opportunities to describe project benefits and cost effectiveness, sustainability of project benefits, connections to other activities and conservation plans, and any special regulatory considerations. The online form has additional details on these project aspects.
How will pre-proposals be evaluated?
The Trustees have published general screening and project evaluation criteria in their restoration plans, and these criteria are very similar:
Tittabawassee River System Natural Resource Damage Assessment Restoration Plan, with criteria described in Section 5.1
The general screening criteria the Trustees use are yes/no questions about a project:
Will it comply with applicable laws and regulations?
Does it address resources injured by hazardous substances?
Is it technically feasible?
The Trustees will rank projects based on evaluation criteria described in the restoration plans, which include the following:
Focus on areas closest to past contamination and on benefits to priority trust resources.
Benefits are measurable and likely from cost-effective, reliable methods.
Consistency with natural resource policies and regional planning.
Consideration of completed or anticipated response actions.
Provision of a large range of benefits to natural resources and a diverse public.
Benefits are sustainable over time, including being resilient to foreseeable results of climate change.
Can I see what other pre-proposals have been submitted?
Yes. The Trustees are have created a map of the pre-proposals for restoration projects that shows the locations, titles, and descriptions of the projects as submitted.
Please note that the Trustees have not reviewed the descriptions of the submitted projects for accuracy and any opinions about the potential impacts of the submitted projects are those of the submitters and do not represent the views of the Trustees or their respective state and federal agencies or the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe. The Trustees will be evaluating the submitted pre-proposals after December 31, 2021, and presenting the results of their evaluation in a Draft Restoration Plan for public review and comment in mid- to late 2022.
Who can I contact if I have additional questions?
For more information on the two NRDAR restoration plans and current projects you can visit the Tittabawassee River System NRDAR website and the Saginaw River and Bay NRDAR website. For specific questions, you may contact Lisa Williams, who serves as the administrative lead for the Tittabawassee Trustee Council, by email at email@example.com or by phone at 517-256-0231.