Important Bird Areas

Muskegon Wastewater Management System

Michigan

The Muskegon County Wastewater Management System is a land treatment process encompassing 11,000 acres of aeration, settling and spraying areas.

Ornithological Summary

Supports a large diversity and abundance of migrating waterfowl and shorebirds, notably of passage Semipalmated Sandpipers.

Conservation Issues

Water pollution may be worth looking into, as so many waterbird utilize this site for long stopovers. Regular shorebird habitat management would be highly beneficial. Disturbance of flocks can be a problem.

Ownership

Owned by Muskegon County and governed by the Director of Wastewater Systems and the Muskegon County Commisioners

Habitat

Primarily herbaceous/row crop openlands, with large lagoons and infiltration basins and forested upland taking up a smaller portion of the site.

Land Use

Wastewater treatment.