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Contaminated sediment remediation revives Great Lakes wetland – Zephyr GLLA Cleanup Completion

screen capture of YouTube video about the Zephyr cleanup

(Dec. 2, 2019) The cleanup of the former Zephyr Oil Refinery in the Muskegon Lake Area of Concern is taking us one step closer to clean, healthy, usable habitat for fish, wildlife, and people. Through the Great Lakes Legacy Act, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the State of Michigan completed a sediment cleanup of wetlands contaminated with lead and petroleum hydrocarbons. Great Lakes wetlands are critical habitat for frogs, turtles, fish, ducks, and more.

The project was made possible by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Local groups like the Muskegon Lake Watershed Partnership and West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission played a major supporting role.