Federal and state environmental officials say they’ve finished a cleanup project on Muskegon Lake. The lake is listed by the United States and Canada as an “area of concern” in the Great Lakes region.
Sand dunes separate Lake Muskegon from Great Lakes shoreline and the Muskegon River flows through it before emptying into Lake Michigan.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Environmental Quality say they have completed a $12 million dollar project to remove 43,000 yards of sediment contaminated with mercury and other pollutants. Those pollutants have contributed to limits on eating fish caught in the lake, as well as loss of habitat.