Tittabawassee River Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Overview
On July 27, 2020, a settlement with the Dow Chemical Company to address federal, state, and tribal claims for natural resource damages in the Tittabawassee River System was finalized. The settlement is for an estimated $77 million in projects and funding that will restore fish, wildlife, and habitats injured following releases of hazardous substances in past decades from Dow’s manufacturing facility in Midland, Michigan. Under the settlement, Dow will implement or fund a number of restoration projects identified in Midland, Bay, Saginaw, and nearby counties. The natural resource 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 and published the Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Tittabawassee River System.
Bay City Ecological Restoration Project
The Bay City Ecological Restoration Project will preserve and restore, where feasible, wetland, native upland, and rare lake plain prairie habitats on approximately 415 acres of Dow-owned land in Bay City near the Saginaw River’s outlet to Saginaw Bay, and increase opportunities for recreational activities. Specifically, the project includes:
- Preserving the property through a ;
- Converting approximately 245 acres of existing agricultural property to restored habitat; and
- Creating 3 to 5 miles of trails, informational signage, 2 or 3 fishing platforms on the Saginaw River, and public access parking.