• Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership The River Runs Through It The Mouth of Muskegon River at Muskegon Lake
  • Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership Habitat Restoration Industrial Fill Removed, Wetlands Restored
  • Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership The Next Generation Hands-On Stewardship Makes a Great Lake!
  • Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership Legacy Pollution Community Partners Address Toxic Pollution

Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership Center

Good News!

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality completed the first phase of the remedial investigation of the historic, Fenner’s Ditch oil seep on November 10, 2016.Fenners-Ditch

Fenner’s  Ditch is an inlet of Bear Lake. The oil seep has presented a water quality, aesthetic and socio-economic problem for decades.

Soil, groundwater and oil samples are currently being analyzed. Next steps will be additional investigation or planning the remedy.

The MDEQ will keep the MLWP posted and we will let you know when the results of the investigation are available.

Please see the linked fact sheet for more details.

Community Partnership Projects

Muskegon Lake Green Infrastructure Restoration and Revitalization Presentation [ HERE ]


Find out about the final cleanup and restoration projects needed to remove Muskegon Lake from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern.

Download the document [ HERE ]

Making Progress...

Check out the progress we are making to clean up the
Muskegon River below the former Zephyr Oil Refinery!

Trestle Evening RiverAs this Great Lakes Legacy Act cleanup project moves forward, updates will be available here and at http://www.greatlakesmud.org/muskegon-lakes-zephyr-site.html.  The Zephyr project is one of seven major Muskegon Lake restoration projects that will be completed over the coming few years.

Once these projects are completed, Muskegon Lake will be removed from the list of Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOC). Local, state, regional and federal partners have been working hard to restore and revitalize Great Lakes AOCs. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Remediation Division and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Great Lakes National Program Office are co-sponsoring the Zephyr cleanup. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the DEQ are also cleaning up groundwater, characterizing soils, and preparing the property for redevelopment. By doing this, we are ensuring the environmental quality of Muskegon River and Muskegon Lake natural resources and creating economic benefits for the region.


The Michigan Water Strategy is Available

The Michigan Water Strategy is Available for Public Comment

The draft water strategy is built around a 30-year vision for ensuring Michigan’s water resources support healthy ecosystems, residents, communities and economies.
The strategy focuses on the environmental as well as economic value of water. Michigan’s water resources are vitally important for agricultural production, drinking water, electric utilities, mining, manufacturing, and water supply to lakes and streams to support fish and wildlife. Additionally, the strategy focuses on the social and cultural value of water, emphasizing the need to reconnect communities with their waters and to foster a water ethic and culture of stewardship.

Key recommendations in the strategy include:

  • Preventing the introduction of new aquatic invasive species and controlling established populations
  • Supporting investments in commercial and recreational harbors and maritime infrastructure
  • Developing a water trails system
  • Accelerating water technologies to address critical water problems using an entrepreneurial, business-led initiative
  • Establishing a durable water fund to achieve water strategy goals including water infrastructure management
  • Achieving a 40 percent reduction to phosphorus in the western Lake Erie basin

To read the strategy and learn more about how it was developed, visit www.michigan.gov/waterstrategy.  The DEQ is accepting comments on the draft until August 28.

Comments may be submitted to the DEQ’s Office of the Great Lakes by mail to P.O. Box 30473-7973, Lansing, Michigan 48909, by fax to 517-335-4053, or by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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