From the MLWP Bylaws:  The name of the organization shall be the Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership, abbreviated as the MLWP. The MLWP shall be characterized as an independent non-profit, non-political, non-sectarian organization. The MLWP’s area of endeavor shall be the immediate drainage area of Muskegon Lake as well as Cedar and Mosquito Creeks. The MLWP is organized exclusively for charitable, educational, and scientific purposes and shall be a coalition of community interests dedicated to working cooperatively for the improvement of the Muskegon Lake ecosystem, and for the delisting of Muskegon Lake as an Area of Concern. The MLWP shall obtain and disseminate information concerning Muskegon Lake watershed issues, provide a forum for discussion of those issues, and initiate, facilitate, and/or coordinate plans and actions to improve the Muskegon Lake ecosystem.

MLWP membership shall be available to Muskegon Lake watershed stakeholders, including but not limited to property owners; representatives of municipalities, governmental agencies, academic institutions, foundations, utilities, industries, businesses, and clubs; and agriculturalists, recreationalists, environmentalists, and the general public. MLWP will strive for a representational balance. Membership is open to those who have attended at least 3 MLWP meetings and have been nominated by one or more current voting member(s). Prospective members must be present when their membership is voted on. Membership shall be conferred by majority vote of the current members of the MLWP.