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State Public Advisory Council (SPAC)
The U.S. – Canada Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement commits the two governments to cooperate with state, provincial, and tribal governmental units to develop and implement Remedial Action Plans (RAPs) for the 43 Areas of Concern (AOCs), including the original fourteen AOCs in Michigan. The RAP process is inclusive, with an emphasis on community involvement and public consultation. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) works closely with the individual Public Advisory Councils consisting of local stakeholders for each of Michigan’s AOCs.
The State Public Advisory Council, formed in 1991, is comprised of one representative from each PAC in the remaining AOCs. The mission of the SPAC is to act as a forum to provide advice and input to Michigan EGLE on all aspects of the Areas of Concern program.
State Public Advisory Council members Area of Concern (AOC) Name Clinton River AOC Eric Diesing Detroit River AOC Mary Bohling Kalamazoo River AOC Doug McLaughlin Manistique River AOC open Muskegon Lake AOC Fallon Chabala River Raisin AOC Brian James Egen Rouge River AOC Bill Craig Saginaw River/Bay AOC open St. Clair River AOC Patty Troy St. Marys River AOC Mike Ripley Torch Lake AOC Derek Bradway