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.
Green Corridor Conservation Program
The Tittabawassee River Green Corridor Conservation Program will protect over 2,000 acres of floodplain property through conservation easements. The program will preserve natural habitats on private land and protect an ecological corridor along the Tittabawassee River within Midland and Saginaw counties. As of mid-October of 2019, Dow had already acquired easements covering 1,815 acres within the floodplain area.
For documents associated with this restoration project, view the Green Corridor Conservation Program section of the Tittabawassee River NRDAR Administrative Record.