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DEQ names Water Use Advisory Council

Agency: Environmental Quality

Dec. 21, 2012                                                                                                             12-2112


For More Information                                      Diana Klemans, 517-335-4121, 

                                                                     Brad Wurfel, 517-241-7395,


The DEQ today announced a statewide council to evaluate and make recommendations on water use throughout the state.

Michigan's Statewide Water Use Advisory Council was called in response to Governor Rick Snyder's special message on Energy and the Environment in November. With Lake Michigan and Lake Huron nearing record-low levels and water use for agriculture, residential and business use increasing during last summer's drought conditions, addressing and resolving water issues is critical to the state and its water use responsibilities established in the Great Lakes Compact.

The group, which includes environmental, conservation, business, utilities and recreation groups, was selected to involve top water use stakeholders throughout Michigan. This continues the legacy of the 2003 and 2006 Water Conservation Advisory Councils, which planned and implemented the state's award-winning water withdrawal assessment process. In both cases, the councils brought together key stakeholders to develop new water management approaches to meet the state's priorities.

This Water Use Advisory Council will assist in the refinement of the assessment process and advise the DEQ on key issues related to Michigan's Water Use program, including but not limited to implementation issues, water availability, data collection and evaluation, decision-making tools, conflict resolution during droughts and water conservation goals.


Representatives include: 



Consumers Energy


Michigan Section American Water Works Association

Municipal water supplies

Michigan United Conservation Clubs

Conservation organization

The Nature Conservancy

Conservation organization

Ducks Unlimited

Conservation organization

Michigan Environmental Council

Environmental organization

United Tribes of Michigan


Michigan Golf Course Owners Association

Non-agricultural irrigators

Michigan Lake and Stream Associations

Riparian organization

Michigan Manufacturers Association

Business and manufacturing

Michigan Townships Association

Local government

Michigan Aggregates Association

Aggregates industry

Michigan Farm Bureau

Agricultural organization

Michigan Agri-Business Association

Agricultural organization

Michigan Ground Water Association

Water well drillers

Michigan Trout Unlimited


Kalamazoo River Watershed Council

Watershed council

Cranbrook Institute of Science


Southwest Michigan Water Resources Council

Regional water use stakeholders

Michigan Wetlands Association

Wetland protection

Michigan State University


Michigan State University


United States Geological Survey

Ex-officio; technical support