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$25 Million Proposed to Restore Natural Resources in Kalamazoo River, Michigan

Two kayakers on a river lined with greenery.
Recreational kayakers on the Kalamazoo River. Image credit: NOAA.

DEC. 11, 2019 — Today a consent decree was announced that includes $25 million as a partial settlement to restore natural resources injured by releases of hazardous substances to the Kalamazoo River and Portage Creek in Michigan.

Under the proposed settlement, NOAA and co-trustees will use $25 million to plan and complete environmental restoration projects. These projects will both benefit injured natural resources, and compensate the public for lost recreational opportunities.

There will be a 30-day commenting period. The proposed consent decree will be available on the Department of Justice website

Restoration projects will be selected with public input. The Trustees invite interested parties to suggest habitat and recreational restoration project ideas during the planning process. Project ideas can be submitted at the trustees online portal.

For more information about the Kalamazoo River site and the settlement, visit the Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program website

Last updated Tuesday, November 8, 2022 1:47pm PST