Comprising 39.9 million acres, lakes and reservoirs are a major water resource in this country. Freshwater inland lakes and reservoirs provide our nation with 70% of its drinking water and supply water for industry, irrigation, and hydropower.
Lake ecosystems support complex and important food web interactions and provide habitat needed to support numerous threatened and endangered species. Lakes are also the cornerstone of our nation's 19 billion dollar freshwater fishing industry, form the backbone of numerous State tourism industries, and provide countless recreational opportunities.
Muskegon County is home to 27 miles of Lake Michigan waterfront, over 20 inland lakes, and more than 400 miles of rivers.
Impaired Water Bodies
For the water bodies listed as impaired in the National Water Quality Inventory, the top three pollutants causing problems are dirt, bacteria, and nutrients; all of which can be reduced by making simple changes in everyday actions of people living in local communities.