US Army Corps of Engineers
Detroit District

Public Notice Manager

Saginaw River Deepening Study Termination

Published Nov. 7, 2018
NOTICE TO ALL INTERESTED AGENCIES, PUBLIC GROUPS AND CITIZENS: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Detroit District, has terminated the Saginaw River Deepening Study due to no federal interest in deepening the federally authorized navigation channel. The Saginaw River is located in mid-Michigan, on the eastern side of the state, and connects to Lake Huron. In December 2014, the Detroit District signed a Feasibility Cost Share Agreement with the County of Saginaw for a deepening study. Numerous data collection efforts, measures and alternatives development, and preliminary alternative analysis have occurred over the study life. Most recently, an existing user analysis was completed to preliminarily examine the benefits and costs of various alternatives for deepening the Saginaw River. Over 120 different scenarios were examined. The results of this analysis indicate that, based on current tonnage levels, deepening the Saginaw River would not be economically justified and concludes that there is no Federal interest in making commercial navigation improvements. For this reason, the USACE has terminated the Saginaw River Deepening Study.