Click the link below to check out the new drain management video produced via a partnership with the Great Lakes Protection Fund and The Nature Conservancy.
Register today for the MACDC Summer Conference, July 19-21, 2017
Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville
Educational Topics Include
- Drone Law
- Construction Administration
- How to Read Engineering Drawings
- Building and Maintaining Quality Relationships with your Road Commission
- Working with Townships
- USDA Development Financing
- Wetland Alliance
- Groundwater Problems
- Financial Advisors
- Update from MDEQ
Continuing Education Credits are available
Public Meeting and Comment Period for the Draft Statewide E. coli Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL)
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is announcing a public comment period (April 17-May 19, 2017) and public meeting (May 9, 2017) to discuss the revised draft statewide E. coli TMDL. The statewide E. coli TMDL is a framework that applies to all water bodies that are included in Michigan’s Year 2016 Section 303(d) list due to elevated E. coli and will also apply to water bodies listed as impaired due to E. coli in the future. The TMDL is being developed to identify the pathogen reductions necessary to meet water quality standards. This is the second, and more formal, comment period for the draft statewide E. coli TMDL, and four previously recorded webinars are available on www.michigan.gov/ecolitmdl.
Reminder! There are three Statewide E. coli TMDL webinars coming up. Please register by clicking on the links below.
Statewide E. coli TMDL –Nonpoint Sources
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST
This webinar will focus on nonpoint sources of E. coli, discuss watershed management planning, and provide guidance on using the draft statewide E. coli Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and associated tools to address issues. There will be a demonstration of the online mapping system which will bring local perspective and information to this statewide process. This webinar is intended primarily for watershed groups, the agricultural community, municipalities, and local/state agencies with an interest in watershed planning.
Statewide E. coli TMDL – Info for MS4 Permittees
Tue, Feb 28, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST
This webinar will provide the basics of the draft statewide E. coli Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), with a focus on urban E. coli pollution issues to municipal stormwater systems, such as illicit connections, nuisance wildlife, pets, etc. There will be a discussion of how the TMDL relates to municipal storm water permits (MS4s), and a demonstration of the online mapping system. This webinar is intended primarily for NPDES permittees with MS4 permits, although it could also be of interest to any watershed groups, municipalities, and local agencies with urban land area.
Statewide E. coli TMDL – Info for Industrial Stormwater Permittees
Fri, Mar 3, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM EST
This webinar will provide the basics of the draft statewide E. coli Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), with a focus on industrial stormwater issues, such as current permit requirements where an approved TMDL is in effect. There will be a demonstration of the online mapping system which will bring local perspective and information to this statewide process. This webinar is intended primarily for NPDES permittees with industrial stormwater permits, although could also be of interest to watershed groups, municipalities, and local agencies.
The following information is an FYI regarding winter drain inspections on behalf of the DEQ.
Please contact Michael Kurt at DEQ for further information.
Environmental Quality Analyst
Last week Governor Snyder presented the recommendations made in the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission report. The full report is available here.
EPA Comprehensive Review of Michigan 404 Permitting Program
On December 13, 2016, the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) issued a review of Michigan Public Act 98 of 2013 (“PA 98”) to ensure that the administration of the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (“MDEQ”) is consistent with the requirements of Section 404 of the CWA. Michigan is one of only two states in the United States that self-administers the CWA Section 404 permitting program. In February 1997, the Michigan Environmental Council requested the EPA perform a review of Michigan’s program to ensure consistency with the CWA. The EPA’s comprehensive review was completed in April 2008, and the review listed several deficiencies in the State’s administration of the Section 404 program.