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$25 Million Recovered to Restore Natural Resources in Michigan's Kalamazoo River

DECEMBER 7, 2020 — A  Consent Decree was entered 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 Kalamazoo and Allegan Counties, Michigan.

View of river with Kayaker in background.
Kayakers on the Kalamazoo River. Image credit: NOAA.

In addition to a partial settlement of natural resource damages, the Consent Decree requires the settling party, NCR Corporation, to implement specified clean-up actions, pay an additional amount for future clean-up actions, and reimburse state and federal response and damage assessment costs.

NOAA and co-trustees will use the $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.

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

For more information about the settlement, please contact Greg.Baker@noaa.gov.

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Last updated Friday, December 11, 2020 4:50pm PST