Partners in Restoring Saginaw River and Bay AOC
Numerous restoration initiatives are implemented by local groups. Spearheading these activities is the Public Advisory Council (PAC), a voluntary, membership-based coalition of public and non-governmental agencies, organizations and individuals committed to sustaining or restoring the ecology of the Saginaw Bay Watershed. The PAC promotes comprehensive resource management and educational services by facilitating inter-governmental coordination and public involvement, formulating public policy recommendations, and undertaking various programs and projects to restore, protect and enhance Michigan's largest watershed.
The Land Policy Institue participates in several water quality projects, some of which are funded by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. They also help local and regional stakeholders adopt new management strategies in the watershed.
MDEQ is primarily responsible for developing the remedial action plan. They also execute many of the restoration projects in the AOC.
The Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN) is a community-based, voluntary initiative that connects people, resources, organizations and programs. WIN works to improve the quality of life in the area by developing projects, supporting related organizations, and developing the region’s identity as a sustainable community. WIN’s emphasis is on supporting local projects that link economic, environmental and community goals. A key part of WIN’s mission is to increase communication between existing efforts and to provide appropriate support to help address local priorities that provide regional benefits.
The agency helped conduct a Natural Resource Damage Assessment for the Saginaw Bay. Outcomes of the settlement primarily involve the removal of PCBs, which will help creater a much cleaner environment for the fish and wildlife in the AOC.