Injuries at the the North Bronson Industrial Area Superfund Site resulted from hazardous substances discharged at and from the site. The hazardous substances causing injuries were primarily metals, including chromium, from metal plating operations. Contamination downstream was so severe that cows died along the stream. Site investigations and cleanup are ongoing under the direction of the U.S. EPA.


In February 2000, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (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 Assessmentdescribe the Service's selected alternative to restore natural resources injured by hazardous substances discharged at or from the site. Injury at the site resulted from both direct toxicity to natural resources and through toxicity to, and disruption of, supporting habitat. Based on an evaluation of various alternatives, the preferred restoration alternative for these settlement funds consisted of off-site restoration projects.

Between 2004 and 2016, the Service's Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program 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.

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Ecological Services,
Environmental Response and Restoration
Environmental Contaminants,
Natural Resource Damage Assessment,
Oil Spill Response,


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The Ecological Services Program works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, we work with federal, state, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to...
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We provide national leadership in the protection and restoration of fish, wildlife, and habitats that have been threatened or injured by oil discharges, releases of hazardous substances, or other emerging contaminants of concern.


We are the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office responsible for the following activities in Michigan: administering the Endangered Species Act; identifying sources of environmental contamination, assessing impacts of contaminants to fish and wildlife resources and helping to restore contaminated...