Partners in Restoring Torch Lake AOC
The Torch Lake Public Advisory Council was founded in 1997. In less than one year the group adopted its by-laws, mission statement, goals and objectives, and also incorporated as a tax-exempt, nonprofit Michigan corporation. It has received contributions from local governments, businesses, environmental groups and private individuals to help defray logistical expenses. In addition, TLPAC has been awarded over $24,000 from agency grants and private foundations. The council advises on restoration projects and works to increase education of the lake.
Currently, there are seven schools within the AOC that have instituted Adopt-A-Stream projects. The Keweenaw Waterway Trail Association, in cooperation with local and state agencies, has developed a series of low-impact boating campsites along the waterway.
MDEQ has played an integral in executing various restoration projects at Torch Lake.
MDNR has played a significant role in monitoring fish communties in Torch Lake.
Michigan Tech has aided the Superfund program in sampling wildlife monitoring at the Torch Lake AOC.