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Great Lakes AOCs

About White Lake AOC - Delisted

White Lake is in Muskegon County along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan.  In 1987, it was declared an Area of Concern on the Great Lakes under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and the first remedial action plan document was completed.  Learn more about what happens after delisting.

AOC Boundaries

  • White Lake, which measures 2,571 acres along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan in Muskegon County
  • White Lake Montague Dump site
  • The White Lake Causeway

Sources of Pollution

The area was highly degraded because of contaminated surface water and groundwater, wastewater and sewage. Some of those degradations were:

  • Restrictions on consumption of drinking water
  • Restriction on consumption of fish and wildlife
  • Eutrophication or harmful algal blooms due to discharges of untreated and partially treated wastewater
  • Decline of benthos, fish and wildlife populations
  • Decline of habitat

Beneficial Use Impairments

Beneficial Use Impairments for the Great Lakes AOCs

  • Restrictions on Dredging Activities - REMOVED 2011.
  • Eutrophication or Undesirable Algae - REMOVED 2012.
  • Degradation of Benthos - REMOVED 2012.
  • Restrictions on Fish and Wildlife Consumption - REMOVED 2013
  • Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat - REMOVED 2014.
  • Degradation of Fish and Wildlife Populations - REMOVED 2014.
  • Restrictions on Drinking Water Consumption and Taste or Odor Problems - REMOVED 2014.
  • Degradation of Aesthetics - REMOVED 2014.

The White Lake Area of Concern was delisted in 2014.


Restoring White Lake AOC (timeline)

Habitat Restoration Project

Tannery Bay Remediation Project



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MEDQ is responsible for many of the corrective actions that have taken place at White Lake.  It also publishes the remedial action plan documents.   

The White Lake PAC includes many different local participants that provide the public with information, services and projects that improve the environment of White Lake.  They advise agencies and express the views and concerns of the local community.