Michigan Wetlands regulations & environmental compliance analysis

Michigan Wetlands: What you need to know

Governing Law and Regulations

Wetlands permitting: Michigan Administrative Code (MAC) r. 281.921 to 281.925

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Shoreland protection and management: MAC r. 281.21 to 281.26

Wetlands permits: MAC r. 281.923

Permit applications: MAC r. 281.922

Wetlands Identification Program (WIP): MAC r. 281.924

Mitigation banking: MAC r. 281.951 to 281.961

Applicability: MAC r. 281.953

Inland lakes and streams: MAC r. 281.811 to 281.846

Permit applications: MAC r. 281.812

Regulatory Agencies

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Water Resources Division

Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Detroit District Office Louisville District Office

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 5

See ADDRESSES & CONTACTS for addresses and telephone numbers

See national section for basic information and federal regulations.

Comparison: State vs. Federal

Rules. Michigan has a coordinated state/federal joint wetlands permit application process that is used for most wetlands projects. In addition, Michigan requires a wetlands permit in designated areas and is more stringent than many federal standards on permit applicability. See the national section WETLANDS for more information on the joint wetlands permit application process.

Wetlands in coastal areas and along shorelines are given further protection under Part 323 and Part 324 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act. In addition, the municipality where wetlands are located may have its own wetlands regulations that are more stringent than state and federal rules. In these cases, it may be necessary for the municipal agency, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers ...


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