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WHITEHALL, Mich. (WZZM) -- This year, White Lake will celebrate being delisted from the Great Lakes Area of Concern list, a spot it's held since 1985.

Pollution from area factories that have long closed created a huge pollution problem at White Lake, one local citizens, working with state and federal officials, have worked to clean up over the past 25 years.

This year, they will celebrate the completion of their efforts. Tanya Cabala has spearheaded the cleanup efforts. Friday, she was joined by some of the state's top environmental officials who toured the improved lake.

"It means a big deal. I think people will start to realize that White Lake is clean and is a safe lake," Cabala said.

Dan Wyant, director of the Department of Environmental Quality said, "This is really a true model of how to do a cleanup -- it's local leadership, it's a partnership -- and we're gonna use this model to do more across the state of Michigan."

Eastbrook Homes of Grand Rapids has announced plans for a housing development and restaurant in an area on the eastern side of the lake.

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