Tittabawassee River / Saginaw River / Saginaw Bay Cleanup
- Bay City, Carrollton, Essexville, Freeland, Midland, Saginaw, Shields and Zilwaukee, MI (Bay, Midland and Saginaw Counties)
- EPA ID# MID980994354
- Superfund Alternative Site Fact Sheet
- Alias(es): N/A
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804 S. Hamilton St., Suite 3
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Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library
500 Center Ave.
Bay City, MI
Grace A Dow Memorial Library
1710 W. St. Andrews St.
Hoyt Main Library
505 Janes Ave.
EPA will hold a public meeting to explain its recommended cleanup plan for Segment 3 of the Tittabawassee River and answer your questions. We will also accept oral and written comments at the meeting.
Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015 at 6:30pm
Tittabawassee Township Memorial Building
150 Park Street, Freeland
EPA wants your comments on our proposed cleanup plan for Segment 3 of the Tittabawassee River. Your thoughts and opinions help us to determine the final cleanup plan. Based on your comments and information provided to EPA, the Agency may revise the selected cleanup plan or pick another option.
During the public meeting, EPA will explain the recommended cleanup plan. After the presentation, you may ask questions and provide your written or spoken comments about what you've heard.
The public comment period will be 45 days starting Sept. 1 through Oct. 15, 2015.
- Progress updates
- Cleanup locations
- Documenting progress
- Community Advisory Group (CAG)
- VideoOff-site dioxin contamination from the Dow Chemical facility in Midland, Michigan extends over 50 miles downstream through the Tittabawassee and Saginaw Rivers and into Saginaw Bay, which is part of Lake Huron. EPA, working with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, is directing Dow’s investigation and cleanup of the river. The Tittabawassee River has been divided into seven segments ranging from three to five miles each. Work is being done in stages from upstream to downstream, segment-by-segment. Segment 1, a 3-mile stretch next to Dow’s Midland plant, is the most upstream segment. Cleanup of Segment 1 started in 2012 and was largely complete in 2013. Cleanup of Segment 2, a 4-mile stretch, started in 2014 and is expected to be complete in 2015. A multi-year cleanup of the Tittabawassee River floodplain will start in 2015.
EPA is proposing a plan to clean up dioxin-contaminated sediment and riverbanks in Segment 3 of the Tittabawassee River. Segment 3 is a 4-mile stretch of the river starting about seven miles below where the Chippewa River meets the Tittabawassee River, downstream of the Dow Co. plant in Midland. Find out more about the plan by reading the Segment 3 proposed plan fact sheet, response proposal and proposed plan tables and figures.
- EPA Proposes Cleanup Plan for Tittabawassee River’s Segment 3(PDF) (8pp, 438KB)
- Response Proposal Text(PDF) (106pp, 6.5MB)
- Response Proposal Figures (PDF) (64pp, 17MB)
- Response Proposal Tables(PDF)(21pp, 3MB)
- Response Proposal Appendices(PDF) (154pp, 17MB)
Updates: 2009 to present
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- Map of the Tittabawassee River showing project segments (PDF) (1pg, 83K) February 2013
- Overview map (PDF) (1pg, 128K) May 2011
- Segment Map for Tittabawassee and Saginaw River (PDF) (1pg, 900K) April 2011
- Reach overview aerial photo Middle Tittabawassee River Project (PDF) (1pg, 135K) June 2007
- Reach overview aerial photo Upper Tittabawassee River Project (PDF) (1pg, 213K) June 1, 2006
Historical influences on the Tittabawassee River (17:00)
This video demonstrates how natural processes and historical practices have led to the current distribution of contaminants within the Tittabawassee River and its floodplain, and how people or animals may be exposed to these contaminants. It was produced by Dow Chemical at the request of EPA and was completed in 2013.