More than $2 million dollars from the federal government will go to help clean up and restore a severely contaminated lake north of Muskegon. White Lake is one of 14 contaminated "Areas of Concern" near Michigan's Great Lakes shoreline.
"Michigan has the most areas of concerns of any of the Great Lakes states," says Patty Birkholz, director of the Office of the Great Lakes. "The next highest has eight.
"White Lake happens to be at a point where we hope we're calling this one 'The Road to Delisting.'"
Birkholz says the money will go toward programs aimed at cleaning White Lake's shore and reestablishing habitats for plant and wildlife.
Birkholz says damage done by years of pollution from the manufacturing industry is not beyond repair.
"That's true, it's not," she says. "But it's taken a huge investment on the part of the federal government, on the part of the state government, but also a lot of work by the local people."