Tittabawassee River Natural Resource Damage Assessment Rear Range Lighthouse Renovation
Renovating and opening an historic lighthouse

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.

Rear Range Lighthouse Renovation

Under settlement provisions specific to Dow and the State of Michigan, Dow will provide funding for lighthouse renovation and preservation.  Working with local partners, Dow and the State of Michigan are expecting to be able to open the lighthouse to the public.

This project is immediately adjacent to the Bay City Ecological Restoration Project and near the BaySail Environmental Education Center and the Saginaw River Mouth Boating Access Site.

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