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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 17, 2004

Contact:  Robert McCann
                (517) 241-7397

DEQ Announces Reorganization of Department

Department of Environmental Quality Director Steven E. Chester has 
announced plans to reorganize the agency in an effort to streamline 
operations.  The current organization structure, implemented in September 
2002, created many unintended consequences that staff felt hindered their 
ability to provide service to the public.

In September 2003, a DEQ Task Force was formed to consider changes to the 
organizational structure of the DEQ.  These proposals were discussed and 
modified to create a final plan that would bring about many of the needed 
changes to the department, while remaining budget neutral.

Highlights of the plan include:

*  Creation of the Office of Civil Enforcement Coordination (OCEC) * OCEC 
will be charged with ensuring statewide enforcement consistency, and 
overseeing development of the training of DEQ enforcement and regulatory 
staff.

*  Make Changes to the Water Division Consistent with Its Status as a 
Bureau * The Water Division will become the Water Bureau (WB), housing two 
divisions, the Lansing Division and the Field Division.  Due to the size 
and complexity of programs within the WB, including drinking water, ground 
water and surface water programs, this change will allow field staff a 
greater opportunity to ensure that Michigan's waters are kept safe and 
healthy.

*  Split the Geological and Land Management Division, Creating an Office of 
Geological Survey (OGS) and a Land and Water Management Division (LWMD) * 
As these programs have distinctly different missions and goals, separating 
them will allow staff to focus their efforts on their areas of expertise 
and provide better service to the public on oil, gas, lakes, streams, and 
wetland issues.

"These changes reflect what is minimally necessary to more effectively and 
efficiently carry out the mission of the department," said Director 
Chester.  "While we remain an extremely lean organization, we are creating 
solutions that will allow the DEQ staff to fulfill our environmental mission."

The announced changes have immediate effect, and implementation will occur 
within the coming months.

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