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Restoring Natural Resources of the Kalamazoo River and Portage Creek in Michigan

DECEMBER 16, 2019 — On December 11, 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.

River with canoe in background.
Kayaking down the Kalamazoo River. Image credit: NOAA.

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 please contact Greg.Baker@noaa.gov.

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Last updated Dec. 20, 2019