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White Lake recovery effort marks milestone
May 14, 2012 12-0514
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Muskegon County waterway sheds another use impairment
The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes today announced Muskegon County's White Lake is one step closer to environmental recovery.
Designated as a Great Lakes Area of Concern in the late 1980s due to severe environmental damage primarily from industrial activities, the White Lake AOC begins in the wetland complex at the mouth of the White River, just west of US 31, and extends to the navigation channel opening at Lake Michigan. White Lake is one of 14 sites around Michigan targeted for focused environmental restoration work.
Areas of Concern are defined by various Beneficial Use Impairments, specific environmental damages that must be repaired to restore them. Authorities recently confirmed removal of White Lake's Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae BUI. It is a major environmental milestone because it signals a reduction in historic phosphorous levels.
"The White Lake Public Advisory Council has worked diligently to achieve incredible progress in the AOC," said Office of the Great Lakes Director Patty Birkholz. "That progress is demonstrated by this BUI removal, and more that are expected in the coming months."
Under Annex 2 of the 1987 Protocol Amending the 1978 Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the United States and Canadian governments identified 43 areas on the Great Lakes that had serious water quality problems known to cause beneficial use impairment of the shared aquatic resources. These areas have been formally designated by the two governments as Areas of Concern.
For more information on the DEQ's Areas of Concern program, see: www.michigan.gov/aocprogram.
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