Introduction

On August 17, 2015, the DEQ's Water Resources Division (WRD) launched a new information system called MiWaters. MiWaters is a state-of-the-art, comprehensive, Web-based permitting and compliance database. The system replaces over 25 applications and databases currently used by the WRD, some of which are over 30 years old.

MiWaters establishes a streamlined electronic permitting process, allowing Michigan to fulfill federal electronic reporting requirements and providing an online component for access to public information. The focus of MiWaters is permitting and compliance, including National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), storm water, groundwater discharge, aquatic nuisance control, Part 41 construction, and land and water interface permits. It also includes electronic reporting of untreated or partially treated sanitary wastewater.

One of our focuses in developing MiWaters is to create a system that makes it easier for the WRD to communicate with, and provide services electronically to, our regulated community. Below is a list of some of the functions and features that MiWaters provides:

  • Permit applications will be submitted electronically.
  • The current Electronic Environmental Discharge Monitoring Reporting (e2-DMR) system is replaced with a more sophisticated system that will provide additional validation and feedback to permittees, and help detect and prevent errors prior to submittal.
  • All permit-required submittals will be submitted electronically.
  • Those with a MiWaters account will be able to manage permissions, deciding who can view, edit, and submit applications or submittals.
  • Wastewater treatment plants will manage biosolids application sites online. Requests may be submitted through MiWaters with notification sent upon approval.
  • MiWaters provides near real-time notifications, to the permittee, of any violations determined by the system or by staff, providing permittees with an early "heads up" and opportunity to correct problems.

Upon implementation of MiWaters, paper applications for NPDES and groundwater permits will no longer be accepted.

This page can be accessed as www.mi.gov/miwaters.

MiWaters application home page.