The Paw Paw Lake Restoration Project began in 2007 when a group of lake property owners met to discuss their concerns about the condition of the lake. Eurasion Milfoil, algae blooms, increasing organic sediment in the lake and excessive nutrients flowing into the lake from local drains were identified as areas of concern.
The group developed a plan of action and petitioned lake property owners for support. In 2009 they presented the plan and petitions to the Coloma and Watervliet township boards, asking that a Special Assessment District (SAD) be established to fund the plan.
The township boards agreed to examine the concerns and consider Special Assessment Districts as prescribed in Michigan Public Act 188. A joint committee made up of board representatives and an at large member from each township was created to oversee the process and make recommendations. Work began by retaining consultants to perform lake analyses and develop a response plan.
Work proceeded through 2010 and early 2011. In 2011 two public hearings were conducted as PA 188 requires. The boards approved the project and the Special Assessment Districts in September 2011.
This website has been constructed to provide information about the project and to provide a way for the public to make comment and ask questions. Additional information and updates on project activities will be added to the site to keep you updated and informed.