Saginaw River and Bay

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
State TrusteeState of Michigan
AO Bureau

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Saginaw River and Bay


Contaminants of Concern Include

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds, DOI Managed Lands, Recreational Use Loss

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Case Description

Beginning in the 1940s, industrial facilities and wastewater treatment plants on the Saginaw River, Michigan, released PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and related compounds into the Saginaw River. Because of on-site contamination, releases from the facilities continued after PCBs were banned in the 1970s. These releases also damaged the Saginaw Bay ecosystem. Saginaw Bay is one of the prime walleye fishing and waterfowl hunting areas in the Great Lakes and also drains into Lake Huron. Contamination has impacted fish and wildlife in the Saginaw River and Bay, resulting in advisories against human consumption of fish for all species of fish in the River and many species of fish in the Bay. Also, bald eagle reproduction is significantly lower in these areas than is found in less contaminated areas.

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Saginaw Bay’s Tawas Point is a natural sand spit. Protected areas like this are important fish spawning and bird habitats on the Great Lakes shoreline., Credit: USFWS photo by Frank Horvath

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Case Documents

 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date


 Factsheet Fact Sheet 03/16/1999


 MOA/MOU Trustee MOU - all signatures 11/24/1998


 Consent Decree Consent Judgment 06/04/1999


 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Tobico Marsh 10/01/2004

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Case Contact

East Lansing Ecological Services Field Office

East Lansing, MI | (517) 351-2555 |

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