The Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership (MLWP) and the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission (WMSRDC) are working on a new activity and a new phase of work to help bring information to the public in a new and exciting way.
Conversations among stakeholders have started regarding the delisting of Muskegon Lake as an Area of Concern (AOC). As the Muskegon community nears delisting, it will be vital to utilize an engaged community of stewards who understand, respect, and will help to maintain the substantial work that has been done in and around the lake over the past several decades. Engaged citizens will be essential to carry on this environmental ethic into the future to help the Muskegon community continue its interest in maintaining a desirable and healthy lake and watershed.
In order to accomplish this task, the MLWP and WMSRDC are initiating a public outreach project to produce video stories about the environmental history of Muskegon Lake and the work that has been done since being designated as an AOC. The video will also showcase various community members and stakeholders that utilize the natural resources of the area for their commerce, sustainability, recreation and spirituality.
WMSRDC has contracted with Great Lakes Outreach Media on this project. We are interested in speaking with people who may recall the early days around Muskegon Lake, post WWII conditions, the days when Muskegon Lake was in a more severely degraded state – or in a more pristine state. If you or someone you know has an environmental story about Muskegon Lake, we would like to hear from you. To have your stories considered for this project, find out more about the project and/or learn how you can help or be involved, please send an e-mail to MuskegonLakeStories@muskegonlake.org or contact Kathy Evans at (231) 722-7878 x 17.