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.
Floodplain Restoration and Bike Trail Project
The Tittabawassee River Floodplain Restoration and Bike Trail Project will preserve 490 acres of Dow-owned floodplain property along the Tittabawassee River in Midland and Saginaw Counties. The bike trail will become a piece of the existing Great Lakes Bay Regional Trail system. The property will be protected in perpetuity through a. Additionally, the project will:
- Convert approximately 190 acres of existing agricultural property to natural habitat, prioritizing wetland creation whenever possible.
- Create recreational amenities that will allow public access through construction of approximately 2.4 miles of biking trails with additional nature trails, public access parking, and informational signage.