Two pollution cleanup efforts in West Michigan are nearing completion. Government officials have announced that fish contaminants have decreased significantly in Muskegon Lake and White Lake, which for years have been on a list of Great Lakes toxic hotspots.
Government agencies and local residents have worked for the past two decades to remove huge quantities of toxic sediment from the bottom of both lakes. Testing now shows that fish contaminant levels have decreased to the point that neither lake is considered impaired by restrictions on the consumption of fish and wildlife. Read more here.
The cleanups in Muskegon and White lakes are among a growing number of successful Great Lakes restoration projects. The Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition has documented more than 50 restoration success stories. Read the success stories here.