White Lake is one step closer to being removed from a list of toxic hot spots in the Great Lakes region.

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WHITE HALL, Mich. (WZZM) - White Lake is one step closer to being removed from a list of toxic hot spots in the Great Lakes region.

The lake was designated toxic back in 1985, because of severe environmental degradation from industrial and municipal wastes.

To be dropped from the list several specific ecological problems needed to be fixed.

And many of those targets have been met, thanks to restoration projects from the wetlands at the mouth of the White River.

Now Members of the E-P-A are recognizing the years of hard work and millions of dollars spent cleaning White Lake.

Kathy Evans with the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission says this work goes beyond just improving the community, "This is a big deal, a big deal for our local community and a big deal for our region and the Great Lakes as a whole. We are cleaning up these areas of concern and we are seeing improvement. We are seeing the improvement ecologically and we are seeing it in the communities economically."

The EPA will hold a public meeting on the delisting proposal on July 21st in Whitehall.

White Lake could be delisted later this year.

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