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Water Use Advisory Council

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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Water Use Advisory Council

The Water Use Advisory Council (WUAC) is established under Part 328 of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act to study and make recommendations to the Quality of Life (QOL) agencies (EGLE, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture and Rural Development) on Michigan's Water Use Program, which includes the following major elements:

The Council provides a forum for discussion of the following broad areas identified by previous councils, stakeholder groups, and QOL staff:
  • Water conservation and efficiency goals, objectives and voluntary measures
  • Technical underpinnings of the process, tools, data, assumptions and decision end-points used to determine whether proposed water withdrawals can be authorized
  • Technical and compliance assistance
  • Methods and tools to assist water users in resolving and preventing conflicts
  • Environmental monitoring to identify and help reconcile potential discrepancies between the program's decision making and data management protocols and the real world impacts of withdrawals
  • New and emerging water use categories
  • Outcomes and metrics for determining the program success

Water Use Advisory Council meetings are open to the public. Prior meeting materials and recordings are available below and upon request.

The Council has a diverse membership appointed by each of the Governor, the Senate Majority Leader, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and the Director of EGLE.  The appointees represent Tribal Nations and the following interests and industries:  business and manufacturing, public utilities, angling, agriculture, well drilling, local units of government, agricultural and non-agricultural irrigation, wetlands conservation, municipal water supplies, conservation, riparian landownership, professional hydrogeologists, the aggregate industry, environmental organizations, and local watershed councils.

Workgroup Meeting Materials

Meeting Materials

All meetings are open to the public.  Individuals needing language assistance or accommodations for effective participation at the meeting should contact Sherry Thelen at 517-290-9607 or to request language, mobility, visual, hearing, translation, and/or other assistance.

EGLE does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, age, national origin, color, marital status, disability, political beliefs, height, weight, genetic information, or sexual orientation in the administration of any of its programs or activities, and prohibits intimidation and retaliation, as required by applicable laws and regulations.