State Laws and Regulations

Michigan’s Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act - NREPA (451 of 1994, as amended) “AN ACT to protect the environment and natural resources of the state; to codify, revise, consolidate, and classify laws relating to the environment and natural resources of the state; to regulate the discharge of certain substances into the environment; to regulate the use of certain lands, waters, and other natural resources of the state; to protect the people's right to hunt and fish; to prescribe the powers and duties of certain state and local agencies and officials; to provide for certain charges, fees, assessments, and donations; to provide certain appropriations; to prescribe penalties and provide remedies; and to repeal acts and parts of acts.”   

Part 413 of NREPA (Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act 451 of 1994, Section 324.41301) defines prohibited and restricted species in Michigan and limits the possession, import or sale of such species.  

The Natural Resources Commission Prohibited and Restricted Aquatic Invasive Species Order Amendment 1 of 2014 adds to the list of prohibited and restricted species in Michigan outlined in Part 413 of NREPA.

Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development Invasive Species Order No. 1 of 2015 adds Water Soldier to the list of prohibited species in Michigan.

List of Prohibited & Restricted Species in Michigan

Requirements for possession of live prohibited and restricted organisms and penalties for violations as expressed in Part 413 of NREPA. 

Part 33 of NREPA, Aquatic Nuisance Control (Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act 451 of 1994, Section 33), defines permitted actions and procedures for the treatment of aquatic nuisance species.

STATE OF MICHIGAN INVASIVE SPECIES REPORTS:

Annual Invasive Species Report - March 2013

Annual Invasive Species Report - February 2014

Annual Invasive Species Report - March 2015

Michigan's Invasive Species Program Annual Report 2015

Michigan's Invasive Species Program Annual Report 2016

Federal Permits - A permit from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is required for most activities that alter Great Lakes coastal areas (except mowing). Contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District at 1-888-694-8313.