Two settlements with the company responsible for the 2010 Kalamazoo River oil spill, the State of Michigan and NOAA's Damage Assessment Remediation and Restoration program secured over $62 million to restore the environment impacted by the spill. NOAA’s scientific support helped the state secure $58 million for restoration. NOAA and federal and tribal partners secured an additional $4 million. The spill resulted in about 843,000 gallons of a heavy form of crude oil known as “tar sands oil,” into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. Projects to restore the harm include restoring and protecting hundreds of acres of wetlands and upland habitat, replacing culverts to enhance river flow, and increasing recreational opportunities for the public along the Kalamazoo River.
In Washington State a settlement worth about $5 million continued restoration of Commencement Bay, which was impacted by the pollution from industrial activity. NOAA and partners have generated over $70 million dollars over the last 20 years to hold polluters accountable and reestablish the bay.
In Maine, a $880,000 settlement was reached for an oil spill at the Gulf-Chevron marine oil terminal. The settlement will support restoration projects for natural resources, including aquatic habitats and areas of recreational use.