Organization

Working side-by-side with partners at the local, regional, and state levels, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) safeguards our state’s environment while supporting the economic growth and development crucial for Michigan’s future. As part of providing expert technical and pollution prevention assistance to businesses and individuals, the DEQ annually performs approximately 30,000 site visits and inspections.  The DEQ employs about 1,100 scientists, engineers, geologists, toxicologists, inspectors, technicians, managers, biologists, and support staff across the state.

Organizational Details

Director: C. Heidi Grether

DEQ Organization Chart

DEQ District Office Locations
District Coordinator List

Contact Information

Hours: Mon. - Fri. 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 800-662-9278
Phone: 517-284-6700
Fax: 517-241-7401
Email: deq-assist@michigan.gov

Mailing Address

Constitution Hall
525 West Allegan
P.O. Box 30473
Lansing, MI 48909
Maps & Driving Directions

Agency Contacts

Public Information Officer

The Public Information Officer works with the media to inform the public of MDEQ's mission, policies and practices in a positive, consistent and credible manner. Responds to inquiries from the news media, issues news releases about important developments in programs and services, and provides public information and news of events and policies.

Public Information Officer: Tiffany Brown

Hours: Monday – Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
Phone: 800-662-9278
Fax: 517-241-7401
Email: brownt22@michigan.gov

Constitution Hall
P.O. Box 30473
Lansing, MI  48909-7973

Policy & Legislative Affairs

Follows legislation affecting the Department of Environmental Quality and serves as liaison between the Governor's Office of Regulatory Reinvention and bureaus on rule making issues.

Liaison: Sarah Howes

Hours: Monday – Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
Phone: 517-284-6700
Fax: 517-241-7401
Email: Howess1@michigan.gov

Constitution Hall
P.O. Box 30473
Lansing, MI  48909-7973

Environmental Justice & Tribal Liaison

Michigan is home to a total of twelve federally-acknowledged Indian tribes that enjoy a special status under federal law and treaties. Federally acknowledged tribes are not merely organizations of citizens who happen to be of Native American descent. Rather, they are sovereign governments that exercise direct jurisdiction over their members and territory and, under some circumstances, over other citizens as well. Tribal governments provide a wide array of governmental services to their members including lawmaking, tribal police and court systems, health and education services, and many more.

Liaison: Katie Kruse

Hours: Monday – Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
Phone: 517-249-0906
Fax:
Email: krusek2@michigan.gov

Constitution Hall
P.O. Box 30473
Lansing, MI  48909-7973

Office of Administration

The Office of Administration is responsible for developing the annual department budget, monitoring financial resources, providing federal grant oversight, support district and central office operational needs, providing procurement guidance, coordinating audit responses, the Michigan Underground Storage Tank Authority, and serving as a liaison with the MDOT Accounting Service Center, DTMB, State Budget Office, Legislature, Federal Government, and various other entities.

Administration Deputy Director: Amy Epkey

Administration Organization Chart

Hours: Monday – Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
Phone: 517-284-5004
Fax: 517-241-7428
Email: Epkeya@michigan.gov

Constitution Hall
P.O. Box 30473
Lansing, MI  48909-7973

Air Quality Division

The Air Quality Division (AQD) staff works with business, industry, air pollution sources, and with the public to maintain clean air and minimize adverse impacts on human health and the environment. Staff work to reduce existing outdoor air pollution problems and to prevent deterioration of air quality through air emission control programs, air monitoring, control strategy planning, permit issuance, and inspection of air emission sources.

Director: Mary Ann Dolehanty

AQD Organization Chart

Hours: Monday – Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
Phone: 517-284-6773
Fax: 517-373-1265
Email: dolehantym@michigan.gov

Constitution Hall
P.O. Box 30260
Lansing, MI 48909-7760

Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division (DWMAD)

The Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division (DWMAD) oversees Michigan’s 11,000 public water supplies to ensure safe drinking water. The division is involved in source water protection, operator certification and training, water well construction, registration of water well drilling contractors, assisting local health departments in conducting drinking water quality investigations in areas of known or suspected environmental contamination, administering drinking water replacement activities, approving and licensing the handling of domestic septage including land application and registration of haulers, and oversight of the on−site wastewater program. The division is also responsible for the design approval and licensing of campgrounds and public swimming pools. In addition, the division’s revolving loan programs provide grant and loan assistance for eligible drinking water, wastewater, and water quality improvement projects.

Director: Eric Oswald

DWMAD Organization Chart

Hours: Monday – Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
Phone: 517-284-6544
Fax: 517-241-1328
Email: Oswalde1@michigan.gov

Constitution Hall
P.O. Box 30817
Lansing, MI 48909-8311

Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division (OGMD)

The Oil, Gas, and Minerals Division (OGMD) oversees the development of fossil fuels and minerals to ensure protection of natural resources, the environment, property, and public health and safety. The OGMD regulates the locating, drilling, operating, and plugging of wells used for exploration and production of oil, gas, brine, and minerals, as well as for underground storage and waste disposal. It also regulates mines for metallic minerals and industrial sand. Additionally, the OGMD maintains a variety of maps and data on Michigan geology, fossil fuels, and minerals for industry and public use.

Director: Harold R. Fitch

OGMD Organization Chart

Hours: Monday – Friday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm ET
Phone: 517-284-6823
Fax: 517-241-1595
Email: Fitchh@michigan.gov

Constitution Hall
P.O. Box 30256
Lansing, MI 48909-7756

Remediation and Redevelopment Division (RRD)

The Remediation and Redevelopment Division (RRD) administers two cleanup programs - the Environmental Remediation program and the Leaking Underground Storage Tank program - and coordinates DEQ's implementation of brownfield redevelopment financing for environmental response activities. In addition, the RRD manages portions of the federal Superfund program, established under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act. These programs guide RRD's efforts in the remediation and redevelopment of contminated properties in Michigan.

Director: Kathleen Shirey

RRD Organization Chart
District Office Locations

Hours: Mon. - Fri.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-284-5144 or 517-284-5087
Fax: 517-241-9581
Email: Shireyk@michigan.gov

Constitution Hall
P.O. Box 30426
Lansing, MI 48909-7926

Waste Management and Radiological Protection Division (WMRPD)

The Waste Management and Radiological Protection Division (WMRPD) includes the solid and hazardous waste programs as well as work related to some radioactive materials. It oversees solid waste disposal areas and county planning, the transportation and collection of scrap tires, the transportation and disposal of liquid industrial and hazardous waste, electronic waste collection and recycling, and the storage and disposal of medical waste. The division also is responsible for developing a more comprehensive strategy for residential, commercial, and industrial recycling and finding beneficial uses of waste materials. Activities in the radiological area include coordinating with nuclear power plants, local emergency responders, and the federal government to ensure that Michigan has sufficient resources in the event of a radioactive material release. The state's radon awareness program is also managed from this division.

Director: Jack Schinderle

WMRPD Organization Chart

 

Hours: Mon. - Fri.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-284-6551
Fax: 517-335-0610
Email: schinderlej@michigan.gov

Constitution Hall
P.O. Box 30241
Lansing, MI 48909-7741

Water Resources Division (WRD)

The Water Resources Division (WRD) protects and monitors Michigan's waters by establishing water quality standards, assessing the health of aquatic communities, issuing permits to regulate wastewater dischargers, and overseeing aquatic invasive species concerns and significant water withdrawals. The WRD also processes permit applications and provides technical assistance to local soil erosion and sedimentation control programs as well as activities like dredging or filling water bodies; constructing or dismantling dams; constructing marinas, seawalls, or docks; building in a designated critical sand dune, wetland, or floodplain; and protecting underwater shipwreck resources.

Director: Teresa Seidel

WRD Organization Chart

Hours: Mon. - Fri.
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST
Phone: 517-284-5470
Fax: 517-241-9003
Email: Seidelt@michigan.gov

Constitution Hall
P.O. Box 30458
Lansing, MI 48909-7958