Dow Collaborates with Community

Midland, MICH. - February 14, 2017 -

Biking trails, a wetland boardwalk and a fishing pier are just a few of the proposed amenities of a new, 37-acre public recreation and conservation area recently approved for the west side of the Tittabawassee River adjacent to Michigan Operations.

The project is being developed by Dow and the City of Midland, in collaboration with Momentum Midland, which is composed of a group of citizens, businesses and philanthropic foundations working with the community to make Midland more vibrant. The project was approved in February 2017 by the Midland City Council. It consists of about 23 acres of Dow-owned land that was recently converted into wetlands, plus 14 acres of land that was a former cement manufacturing plant.

Dow’s portion of the project involved converting a former power plant and surrounding acreage into a native wetland. As part of the process, Dow used a specialized modeling tool, called the Ecosystem Services Identification and Inventory Tool, to identify how to incorporate the value of nature into business processes, strategies and decision-making. Dow developed the ESII tool in conjunction with The Nature Conservancy and EcoMetrix Solutions Group.

Funding and in-kind support were provided by the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation and the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation, Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network, Chippewa Nature Center, The Nature Conservancy, and a FEMA grant provided to the City of Midland. The area is expected to be ready for public use in 2018.