Groundwater Dispute Resolution

  • Program Information

    The pumping of high-capacity wells (rated at 70 gallons per minute [gpm] or greater) can impact nearby small-quantity wells (rated at less than 70 gpm). Problems may result from a decrease in available water and/or by impacting water quality (e.g., drawing brines or other non-potable groundwater into potable aquifers). Part 317, Aquifer Protection and Dispute Resolution, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, created a groundwater dispute resolution process that is jointly administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ).

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