As most of you know, the DEQ’s budget has been slashed repeatedly over the past few years. Budget cuts and subsequent staff reductions threaten to reduce the DEQ’s ability to uphold the public trust and protect our natural resources.
One immediate consequence of this affects the permit review process, which uses professional and knowledgeable agency staff. This process includes assessment of impacts from proposed activities, and allows the least damaging alternatives to be identified and exercised. Such review is essential to ensure protection of our valuable water resources.
Unfortunately, given their dire lack of funding, DEQ is proposing to suspend environmental review for certain activities on inland lakes and streams, if environmental review and authorization can be provided by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. As such, DEQ has issued a Public Notice for a Temporary General Permit for Specified Minor Activities Authorized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Lakes and Streams.
In some cases,
Please take a moment to review this notice and comment directly to DEQ.
It is also VITAL that your voice be heard by the Michigan Legislature
and the Governor, who hold a responsibility to the citizens of
LAND AND WATER MANAGEMENT DIVISION DEADLINE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT REGARDING PROPOSED TEMPORARY GENERAL PERMIT FOR DESIGNATED MINOR ACTIVITIES AUTHORIZED BY THE U.S. ARMY CORP OF ENGINEERS IN LAKES AND STREAMS.
Pursuant to Part 301, Inland Lakes and Streams; and Part 303, Wetlands Protection; of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, the MDEQ’s Land and Water Management Division is proposing to issue a Temporary General Permit (GP) to authorize certain minor activities in inland lakes and streams and Great Lakes connecting channels, where the activity is authorized by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE).
Parts 301 and 303 authorize the issuance of GPs for categories of
activities that are similar in nature, will cause only minimal adverse
environmental effects when performed separately, and will have only minimal
cumulative adverse effect on the environment. The MDEQ and the USACE have
distinct but parallel responsibilities for regulation of dredge and fill
activities in certain waters in
The detailed draft GP can be found at www.michigan.gov/deqinlandlakes,
or may be requested from the address given below. Written comments should be
submitted directly to: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Land and
Water Management Division,
Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council
PH: 231-347-1181 FX: 231-347-5928