Introduction

  • Water Use Advisory Council

    The Water Use Advisory Council is established by DEQ Director Dan Wyant to provide insight and advice to the Quality of Life (QOL) agencies (DEQ, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development) on Michigan's water use program, which includes the following major elements: Great Lakes Compact; water withdrawal; and water use conflict.  Advice from the Council is requested in the following broad areas that were identified by previous councils, stakeholder groups and staff:

    • Water conservation and efficiency goals, objectives and voluntary measures
    • Technical underpinnings of the process, tools, data, assumptions and decision end-points used to determine whether proposed water withdrawals can be authorized
    • Technical and compliance assistance
    • Methods and tools to assist water users in resolving and preventing conflicts
    • Environmental monitoring to identify and help reconcile potential discrepancies between the program's decision making and data management protocols and the real world impacts of withdrawals
    • New and emerging water use categories
    • Outcomes and metrics for determining the program success
  • Water Use Advisory Council Final Report PDF icon

Meet the Council