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Read:  a goodbye from the White Lake Public Advisory Council, details of a May 27 public meeting (tonight!) on a strategic plan for White Lake and new organization, and about an opportunity to preview a documentary video on White Lake's pollution and recovery history.  
 




The White Lake Public Advisory Council is a formal council of members from throughout the White Lake area that works to provide the public with information, services, and projects which will improve the environmental quality of White Lake and its affiliated watersheds.

Through these activities the Council works to advise agencies, express views and voice the concerns of the local community. 

 
Visit the White Lake Public Advisory Council website for more information.

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Welcome to the May 2015 issue of the White Lake Public Advisory Council’s E-Newsletter!  


A big THANK YOU to Jerry Grady of Watershed Wildlife.Com for the masthead photo of a sunrise over the White River marsh! The sunrise is symbolic of our new beginning!


May 2015 Edition

A monthly publication of the White Lake Public Advisory Council

Editor:  Tanya Cabala
(231) 981-0016 tcabala@charter.net


White Lake Public Advisory Council Officers

Chair:  Greg Mund
(231) 893-7145
grmund@aol.com


Vice-Chair:  Ken Mahoney
(231) 894-8608
kdmahoney24@charter.net

 
 
Funding provided by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Great Lakes Commission to the Muskegon Conservation District for the White Lake Public Advisory Council. 
 
Goodbye from the White Lake Public Advisory Council!

Thank you to everyone in the White Lake area community who supported efforts to restore and delist White Lake as a Great Lakes Area of Concern! This was indeed a community effort and the role each of you played was important, from those who served on the White Lake Public Advisory Council, those who attended public meetings or wrote letters to local newspapers, to those who made sure our elected leaders knew of our goals for the lake.  

This is the last official e-newsletter from the White Lake Public Advisory Council (PAC). Since White Lake was officially delisted as a Great Lakes Area of Concern in October of 2014, the PAC has been working to plan for the future of stewardship and protection of White Lake.  See the article below on the results of that process, to be provided at a public meeting tonight.

In 1992, the White Lake Public Advisory Council (PAC) was established as a formal council of members from throughout the White Lake area with a mission to provide the public with information, services, and projects which will improve the environmental quality of White Lake and its affiliated watersheds. Through these activities the PAC worked to advise agencies, express views and voice the concerns of the local community. 

The PAC will cease to be active once the new White Lake Environmental Network begins operating.  We will provide this email newsletter list to the White Lake Environmental Network and encourage you to remain engaged in White Lake protection efforts.

Hello from the White Lake Environmental Network!
May 27 Meeting:  Strategic Plan and New White Lake Organization

Photo credit:  Laura Neubauer Connell

On Wednesday, May 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the White Lake Public Advisory Council (PAC) will host a public meeting to present a strategic plan and new White Lake organization to focus protection and stewardship efforts beyond the delisting of White Lake as a Great Lakes Area of Concern.  The meeting will be held at the White Lake Community Library, 3900 White Lake Drive in Whitehall. 

Since last fall, members of the PAC have been meeting to discuss what is needed to maintain progress made at restoring White Lake and how to address current and future issues.  The group identified a new organization as necessary for this next stage of stewardship of White Lake, in addition to a vision, mission, goals and objectives.

The new organization, the White Lake Environmental Network, consists of current PAC members Greg Mund, Chairman; Ken Mahoney,Vice-Chairman, Muskegon County Commission; Jan Deur, Fruitland Township; Tom Thompson, White River Watershed Partnership; Dr. Thomas Tisue, White River Partnership and White Lake Association; Chad Hipshier, Muskegon Conservation District; Joe Branch, OxyChyem, and Jeff Auch, Chuck Vanderlaan and Tanya Cabala, at large representatives.  New stakeholders include:  Tracy Korthase, Montague Township; Laura Anderson, White River Township; Scott Huebler, City of Whitehall; Brian Mulynix, Whitehall Township; Amy VanLoon; White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce; Chris Rohrer, Alcoa Howmet; and Mary Twa, Chassix. 

The Muskegon Conservation District will continue to provide financial administration when needed, and the city of  Whitehall will be providing administrative services to the new initiative.

The strategic plan and new organizational concept will be presented to the public at this meeting.  There will be opportunities for questions and to provide input on the new initiative, especially in involving the community in future stewardship activities.

White Lake Documentary Video Preview
Saturday, May 30, 2 p.m.

 
Over the past year and a half, members of the PAC have been working with local videographer, Oscar Osbo, to produce the story of White Lake's pollution history and recovery.  We have viewed old historical photographs, video footage of interviews, and pulled them all together into the story of our lake - "Bringing Back White Lake the Beautiful."  You will see long gone activists and friends, as well as the excitement of achieving restoration and delisting.  

The first preview of the documentary will be held on Saturday, 2 p.m., at the White Lake Community Library.  We hope you will be there!

  Meetings and Events


2 p.m. Saturday, May 30, White Lake Documentary Preview 
White Lake Community Library
3900 White Lake Drive
Whitehall, MI  49461
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