In an effort to de-list the Muskegon Lake Area of Concern, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has contracted Sevenson Environmental Services to complete the Ryerson Creek Outfall remediation dredging project.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is providing on-site quality assurance for the project.
To date, approximately 1,900 cubic yards of debris, including large hand sawn pilings dating back to 1897, have been removed from Ryerson Creek.
The team has also removed, processed and disposed of 6,700 cubic yards of contaminated sediment.
The Ryerson Creek Outfall is a 12-acre site in the northeastern part of Muskegon Lake. The cleanup of Ryerson Creek Outfall is the final sediment project for Muskegon Lake under the Area of Concern (AOC) program.
Muskegon Lake is now seeing the community benefits from restoration and remediation being conducted in the AOC.
Recreational use of the Muskegon Lake by residents and visitors has increased, tourism is up, and property values have grown.