January 26, 2006
The Department of Environmental Quality has
released Guidance for Delisting Michigan’s Great Lakes Areas of
Concern, a document integrating Michigan’s
criteria for restoration of beneficial use impairments in Areas of Concern
with the process for delisting these sites once they meet the criteria. The
document was developed by the DEQ, with close support from the Statewide
Public Advisory Council for Michigan’s
The AOCs are sites along the Great
Lakes experiencing severe environmental degradation stemming
primarily from historic pollution. They were designated under the United
States-Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement based on the presence of
one or more of 14 beneficial use impairments, such as restrictions on fish
and wildlife consumption and beach closures.
Of the 41 current Great Lakes AOCs, 14 are
located in Michigan.
They include rivers, lakes, and bays located across the state. Michigan's AOC Program
is administered by the DEQ's, Water Bureau, in collaboration with other state
and federal agencies and local stakeholders.
The guidance document and information
pertaining to Michigan’s AOC Program
is posted on the DEQ Web site at http://www.michigan.gov/deqwater; select Great Lakes, then select Areas of Concern.
Editor’s note: DEQ news releases are
available on the department’s Internet home page at www.michigan.gov/deq.
“Protecting Michigan’s Environment, Ensuring
Revised January 26, 2006 by Pat Watson