MDARD Intercounty Drain Program Announces New Team Member

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Intercounty Drain Program is pleased to announce the addition of Ms. Christine Kosmowski to their team. Christine’s official start date is November 20. As many of you know, Christine was the former Calhoun County Water Resources Commissioner and has extensive knowledge and experience in the stewardship of Michigan’s water resources.  She will be working closely in the coming months with Mike, Brady and Peggy to learn MDARD’s roles and responsibilities to administer the program.
Please join us in welcoming her,
Mike Gregg, Program Manager

Office of the Great Lakes to join Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Michigan Office of the Great Lakes to join Department of Natural Resources

Governor Rick Snyder has issued an Executive Order transferring the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes from the Department of Environmental Quality to the Department of Natural Resources.

“Protection and management of the Lakes is critical to our future, said Gov. Snyder. “Moving the Office of the Great Lakes to the DNR will strengthen opportunities for improved management of the Lakes by better aligning programs and responsibilities within state government.”

Executive Order 2017-9 will take effect Dec. 28, and move the functions of the Office of the Great Lakes to the DNR. Director Jon W. Allan will continue to lead the Office of the Great Lakes, and a member of the governor’s cabinet, Angela Ayers, will join the Office as deputy director.

The Office of the Great Lakes will retain its current programs and responsibilities, including its central role in advising the governor and other state departments on policy and actions regarding the Great Lakes.

The DEQ will continue to provide important regulatory oversight for protecting Michigan’s water resources. The Office of the Great Lakes will continue to coordinate with the DEQ on policies, programs, and procedures regarding Great Lakes resources.

The transfer will align programs within the Office of the Great Lakes and the DNR. It will give the Office the opportunity to work more closely with the DNR on key natural resource management topics including aquatic invasive species, fish and wildlife habitat, Great Lakes restoration, sustainable waterfront communities, and water recreation.

“We look forward to creating new partnerships and continuing our work to sustain Michigan's Great Lakes resources and way of life, said Jon W. Allan.

2017 Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) Grants Announcement

MACDC Members: 

Attached is the official Notice of Funds Availability (NOFA) announcement for the open application period for two Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) mitigation grant programs for FY 2017.  This funding announcement includes the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program and the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program.  Both of these FEMA hazard mitigation grant programs are now under one umbrella known as Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA).  FEMA has unified all of the mitigation grant programs under one set of guidance documents.  The two guidance documents (also attached) are dated 2015 because there have been no changes to the guidance since last year. Read more...

EPA, U.S. Army Move to Rescind 2015 “Waters of the U.S.”

The Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Army, and Army Corps of Engineers (the agencies) are proposing a rule to rescind the Clean Water Rule and re-codify the regulatory text that existed prior to 2015 defining "waters of the United States" or WOTUS. This action would, when finalized, provide certainty in the interim, pending a second rulemaking in which the agencies will engage in a substantive re-evaluation of the definition of "waters of the United States." The proposed rule would be implemented in accordance with Supreme Court decisions, agency guidance, and longstanding practice. Read more...

PUBLIC NOTICE: Draft Statewide E. coli TMDL public meeting and comment period

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 Read more...