Michigan's Great Lakes

  • Michigan's Great Lakes

    The Great Lakes are known for their beauty and the wealth of resources within and around them. The combined lakes contain one-fifth of the world's surface fresh water, with more than 3,000 miles of shoreline, the Great Lakes not only form Michigan's geography, but also shape our economy, society, and environment. The DEQ protects, preserves, and restores the Great Lakes through regulatory oversight with programs that range from the permitting of shore protection structures and dredging projects to the issuance of Great Lakes Bottomland Conveyances. The DEQ also operates non-regulatory activities for programs ranging from beach water monitoring, to the clean-up of Areas of Concern, and even the enhancement of public access to Great Lakes beaches.

  • Michigan's Domestic Action Plan for Lake Erie
  • Water Levels Dashboard
  • Michigan State of the Great Lakes 2017 PDF icon
  • Office of the Great Lakes

    OGL LogoMichigan's Office of the Great Lakes leads policy development and implements programs to protect, restore and sustain our precious water resources. The OGL team collaborates with partners to support sustainable use of coastal resources, coordinate restoration of severely degraded areas, manage water quality and quantity, prevent aquatic invasive species and engage in emerging issues.