Restoring White Lake AOC (timeline)
The last four BUIs are removed. AOC delisting process begins.
On Oct. 30, 2014, EPA announces that the White Lake AOC has been removed from the binational list of toxic hotspots that were targeted for cleanup in the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. The White Lake Area of Concern is the first U.S. site in the Lake Michigan basin to be delisted.
The fourth BUI is removed.
Using $2.5 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funds, EPA removes contaminated sediment along the Tannery Bay shoreline in White Lake.
The second and third BUIs are removed.
Muskegon Conservation District completes the White Lake AOC Habitat Restoration Project.
White Lake Remedial Action Plan update completed.
White Lake AOC Remedial Action Plans - see Stage 2 RAP July 2011
The first BUI is removed.
MDEQ (MDNRE at the time) releases an updated BUI Restoration guide for each of the BUIs in the Michigan Areas of Concern.
Muskegon Conservation District receives a $2.1 million GLRI grant for habitat restoration projects.
MDEQ issues updated Guidance for Delisting Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern.
MDEQ issues Guidance for Delisting Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of Concern.
Koch Chemical agrees to install a new well for the City of Whitehall due to groundwater contamination overlapping with the city’s “groundwater protection area.”
A habitat assessment completed by the Muskegon Conservation District evaluates areas for littoral/riparian zone contiguity. The assessment illustrates the importance of responsible development and appropriate land use within the AOC.
The 2002 reprinted remedial action plan update has a stronger focus on public interest in White Lake, also addressing projects regarding the restoration of the AOC.
Occidental/Hooker Chemical dredges 12,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment from the lake near their outlet discharge pipe.
MDEQ and Genesco Inc. pay for removal of 91,000 cubic yards of contaminated sediment through Tannery Bay.
Tannery Investigation begins.
Remedial Action Plan Update. Further assessment and analysis of BUIs leads to adding the Drinking Water BUI.
White Lake Public Advisory Council is formed.
Stage I of the Remedial Action Plan is published. The document identifies impairments and describes the history of contamination in the AOC.