MUSKEGON LAKE TACKLES AREA OF CONCERN
Muskegon Lake, an inland coastal lake on the east shoreline of Lake Michigan, was designated as an Area of Concern (AOC) in 1985 due to water quality and habitat problems created by pollution discharge. The City of Muskegon decided to work to improve Muskegon Lake and remove its AOC status.
F&V teamed with environmental firm Cardno/JFNew to tackle multiple sections of the lake. We performed a topographic survey of Muskegon Lake shoreline and upland areas along pond edges and a hydrographic survey of several ponds to determine water depths and pond bottom contour. We also conducted sediment sampling to determine if the sediments were inert or solid wastes. As a result of the sampling and survey, multiple due care-type plans were prepared for projects such as shoreline restoration & softening and debris clean-up.
Our shoreline work helped wave attenuation while our debris clean-up removed hazardous materials. Both helped restore fish and wildlife habitats within the lake. Muskegon Lake is now closer to restoration and being delsited as an AOC.