Enbridge Energy Pipeline (MI)

State TrusteeFederal TrusteeAO Bureau



Case Status



Talmadge Creek, Kalamazoo River



Contaminants of Concern Include


Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds

Financial Summary

Restoration Funds Collected:


*Restoration Funds Allocated:


*Restoration Funds Remaining:


* Restoration Funds can contain multiple settlements/projects. All collections are placed in interest bearing accounts. For detailed information on individual settlements/ projects please visit: NRDAR Status Report

Case Description

On or about July 26, 2010, а 30-inch diameter pipeline owned bу Enbridge Energy near Marshall, Michigan ruptured, discharging crude oil into а wetland adjacent to Talmadge Creek (Calhoun County). The oil flowed through Talmadge Creek into the Kalamazoo River, а Lake Michigan tributary. Enbridge has estimated that the discharge was 20,082 barrels or 843,444 gallons. The Kalamazoo River was in floodstage at the time of the discharge, and the oil flowed down the river and into its floodplain for approximately 38 miles to Morrow Lake. The Kalamazoo River is bordered by wetlands, floodplain forest, residential properties, farm lands and commercial properties between Marshall and the Morrow Lake dam. These discharges affected natural resources within the jurisdictions of the United States, the State of Michigan, the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribe, and the Match-E-Be-NashShe-Wish Band of the Pottawatomi Tribe who are collectively acting as Trustees for this NRDA. The Trustees have reached two settlements with Enbridge Energy that together are providing at least $62 million in restoration projects and reimbursement of Trustee costs. Restoration projects include removal of a dam and restoration of a section of the Kalamazoo River; habitat restoration in the floodplain, other wetlands and uplands in the watershed; improvement of water quality and connectivity in tributaries by improving road stream crossings; turtle reproduction enhancements; wild rice restoration; tribal cultural enhancements; and an increase in recreational access to the river.

Additional case information can be found on the FWS trustee's website at: http://www.fws.gov/midwest/es/ec/nrda/MichiganEnbridge/

An interactive story map of the restoration and recovery of the area after the spill can be found here.

Credit: NOAA

Case Documents

 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 Factsheet Criteria for Selection of Restoration Projects 06/18/2012
 Factsheet Large Woody Debris Project Fact Sheet 10/08/2016
 Factsheet Pigeon Creek Culvert Replacement at E Drive Factsheet 11/02/2016


 MOA/MOU 1st Modification Trustees Agreement 09/25/2012
 MOA/MOU Trustees Agreement 12/03/2010


 Assessment Plan Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan 10/01/2015
 Assessment Plan Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan - Appendices 10/01/2015
 FONSI FONSI 10/20/2015
 Study Report Health Assessment and Histopathologic Analyses of Fish 07/03/2014
 Assessment Plan Lost Recreational Use Assessment Plan 04/26/2012
 Assessment Plan NRDA Framework 04/30/2012
 Assessment Plan Vegetation Assessment Survey Work Plan 07/23/2012


 Consent Decree Consent Decree 12/03/2015
 Claim Interim Partial Claim for Assessment Costs 01/29/2013

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Case Contact

East Lansing Ecological Services Field Office

East Lansing, MI | (517) 351-2555 | http://www.fws.gov/midwest/EastLansing/

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