The Little Calumet River. (Charles Morris / National Park Service)

Can you put a price tag on damaged natural resources?

State and federal agencies are still assessing how much damage was done to natural resources in Northwest Indiana as a result of the 2019 discharge of hazardous chemicals into a Lake Michigan tributary.  

 In this Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019 photo, a dead catfish floats along the bank of the Burns Ditch near the Portage Marina in Portage, Indiana. Some beaches along northwestern Indiana’s Lake Michigan shoreline are closed after authorities say a chemical spill in a tributary caused a fish kill. (John Luke / The Times via AP)

A steel company apologized for a spill of cyanide and ammonia that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan, saying it “accepts responsibility for the incident.”