Industrial Program

As a result of the federal regulations governing storm water discharges, the State of Michigan began issuing permit coverage in 1994. There are three types of permits available in Michigan: a general permit, a general permit with monitoring requirements, or a site specific individual permit. There are approximately 4,000 facilities with storm water discharge authorization.

Michigan's industrial storm water permit authorization requires facilities to obtain an industrial storm water certified operator who has supervision over the storm water treatment and control measures at the facility. In addition the facility must develop a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) which describes nonstructural and structural controls implemented onsite and eliminate any unauthorized non-storm water discharges.  The certification process for industrial storm water certified operators is currently an on going process in each of the district offices.

Please note that all activity is required to be done through MiWaters.

SWPPP Annual Report Submittal - All facilities with industrial storm water permit coverage except for those covered by general permit MIS110000 must submit their SWPPP Annual Report by January 10, 2016. A webinar titled Submitting a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Annual Report in MiWaters will be presented on January 5, 2016.

MiWaters webinar:  Submitting a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) Annual Report (recorded January 5, 2016, 70 min)
This webinar explains how to submit a SWPPP Annual report in the new MiWaters system. It also provides an overview on how to setup accounts in MiWaters to establish authorized users for submitting the SWPPP Annual Report. More information about MiWaters can be found at www.michigan.gov/miwaters.

Introduction to MiWaters for Facilities Covered Under the Cycle Year 1 Watersheds Industrial Storm Water General Permit webinar (recorded 9/21/15).

Industrial Storm Water Program Staff Contact Information 

Applying for Reissuance


Storm Water Program General Permits

Once it has been determined that an industrial storm water permit is required, please review the appropriate general permit below. General permits are associated with a cycle year and the watershed that receives the storm water discharge. General permits are reissued every 5 years.


Storm Water Program Compliance Assistance

The following compliance assistance documents and web links are intended to help facilities better understand the storm water program regulations.


Conducting Visual Assessments of Industrial Storm Water Discharges

Conducting visual assessments of storm water discharges from areas of industrial activity is a new permit requirement for facilities in Michigan with industrial storm water permit coverage under the newly issued general permits and individual permits with storm water coverage. The visual assessment is part of the comprehensive inspection conducted by the Industrial Storm Water Certified Operator at the facility. The following compliance assistance documents, webinars and tutorials have been developed to help facilities better understand this permit requirement.


Certificate of Entry Process for Unpermitted Facilities

The General Administrative Consent Order for Unpermitted Discharges No. ACO-UD12-100 (Consent Order) is for industrial storm water facilities that are currently discharging storm water to surface waters of the state without industrial storm water permit coverage from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Water Resources Division (WRD). Please review the compliance assistance document titled "Certificate of Entry Process for Unpermitted Facilities" below to see if your facility qualifies to use the Notice of Intent and Certificate of Entry application form (NOI/COE form). In order to fulfill the requirements of the Consent Order, eligible facilities must submit a completed NOI/COE form via MiWaters.


Storm Water Program Training Videos

The video below was developed to help understand what is involved with the Industrial Storm Water Program.

The video below was developed to assist permittees and certified operators with their annual employee training program.

The video below was developed to make permittees aware of what to expect during a DEQ industrial storm water permit compliance inspection.


Activity Specific Controls

This section is a supplement to the operator training manual. This section of the training looks at some common activities or locations at industrial facilities where specific controls could be used to prevent storm water pollution, store contaminated water or treat contaminated storm water. Activity specific controls are designed to keep the site clean, keep your facility in compliance with the storm water regulations and ultimately to protect the water resources for future generations.


Industrial Storm Water Certified Operator Training Options

1) Training and Exam Session to Obtain a NEW Certification Industrial Storm Water Operator Certification is required for all facilities that require industrial storm water permit coverage. The Industrial Storm Water Certified Operator Training is conducted in the district offices. In order to obtain your certification you must attend one of the DEQ WRD industrial certified operator training sessions. Contact the registration contact to register for one of the certification training sessions. At the training session you will receive a certification application form that needs to be completed and submitted to the DEQ with a $30 certification fee. Industrial Storm Water Certified Operator Certification is valid for 5 years from the year that it is issued.

2) Training Session to RENEW a Current Certification Storm Water Operator Certification is valid for 5 years from the year that it is issued. Certificates expire on July 1. In order to renew your certification you must attend one of the DEQ WRD recertification training sessions. At the training you will receive a recertification form that needs to be completed and submitted to the DEQ with a $95 recertification fee. Contact your district industrial storm water staff person to register for one of the recertification training sessions. Please be aware that the recertification form needs to be post marked by August 31st to be accepted.


Industrial Storm Water Certified Operator Training Manual

The DEQ has created a training manual to inform permittees and Industrial Storm Water Certified Operators of the program and permit obligations. In addition the manual is designed to assist in the development of an acceptable SWPPP. The training manual should be reviewed before a training session is attended.


Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP)

The DEQ has created a SWPPP template to assist permittees in the development of an approvable SWPPP. A sample SWPPP is also provided as a reference.


Storm Water Sampling Info

The documents below will assist in the development of an approvable Short Term Storm Water Characterization Study (STSWCS) plan. An STSWCS plan needs to be developed by facilities in order to comply with the required monitoring conditions in the general permit.