Test Your Habitat IQ


NOAA’s expertise in integrated monitoring, habitat protection and restoration, stakeholder education, and coastal planning and management will be critical to addressing habitat degradation and water quality concerns.
We’ve identified several objectives in Muskegon Lake including:

  • Addressing loss of fish and wildlife habitat by funding targeted restoration projects within Muskegon Lake and Bear Lake
  • Rebuilding sport fisheries and populations of aquatic organisms to sustainable levels through habitat protection and restoration
  • Improving understanding of natural systems and their responses to habitat restoration projects
  • Developing ecosystem forecasting tools to inform future management strategies
  • Monitoring the socio-economic impacts of habitat restoration on the Muskegon Lake community
  • Engaging in social science research
  • Increasing coastal access, tourism, and recreation opportunities.


The next phase of this initiative involves creating a Habitat Blueprint Implementation Plan. This plan will outline a strategic approach to guide NOAA’s habitat research and restoration activities in Muskegon over the next five years. The plan will build on NOAA’s involvement in existing projects and partnerships, as well as identify future opportunities for NOAA to be a more engaged and effective collaborator.


Stakeholder collaboration is the driving force behind the Habitat Blueprint planning and implementation process. Muskegon Lake was selected as a Habitat Focus Area in large part because of the long history of local engagement and leadership in restoration efforts. We will be working closely with the local community and regional partners throughout the implementation planning process.


Please email any questions to Katy Hintzen at Katy.Hintzen@noaa.gov