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.
Saginaw River Mouth Boating Access Site Expansion
The Saginaw River Boating Access Site Expansion project will increase the number of boat launches at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources-operated boat launch near the Saginaw River outlet to Saginaw Bay. The project will add three new boat launch lanes, bringing the total number to eight, and will add 50 parking spaces, including at least 25 spaces able to accommodate vehicles with trailers.