Muskegon Lake has always been an economic engine for West Michigan, dating back to fur traders and then a thriving lumber and paper mill era. Then came the s and the industrial era, and Muskegon Lake was marketed as an attraction to industries with big foundries that use a lot of water.
The city has done a wonderful job redeveloping downtown Muskegon, and I think there is really a direct connection between the environmental work happening on Muskegon Lake and the resurgence of downtown Muskegon. Environmental work began in earnest in when the Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership formed to raise money and go after grants to conduct large scale cleanup projects on Muskegon Lake.
More traction took place in the early s with the passage of the Great Lakes Legacy Act and then the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which targeted the biggest threats to the Great Lakes ecosystem and accelerated progress toward long-term cleanup goals. Kuhn says Muskegon Lake today features the return of birds and vegetation growth, and fish and pollywogs have also made a comeback.
Another area waterway that has undergone improvement is White Lake, once the site of a tannery and other manufacturing, which is now a beautiful setting for the Tannery Bay residential community. As for Muskegon Lake, it is also attracting a mixture of residential and environmentally friendly commercial development and more opportunities for recreation are blooming.
Also planned is a mixed-use community called The Docks, which will be located close to Pere Marquette Park, and Peterson says several other neighborhoods are in their infancy construction stages. Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.
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