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Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy


Michigan's wetlands law recognizes the important benefits provided by wetlands and their vital role in recreation, tourism, and the economy. Over thirty years ago, Michigan was the first state, and remains one of only three states, to have received authorization from the federal government to administer the federal wetland program. Because of this approval, wetlands, lakes, and streams permits issued by EGLE under state law also provide federal approval. This page can be accessed as


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District Permit Staff

Introduction to Wetlands Video

Introduction to Wetlands

In this video, you will learn about why Wetlands are so important to Michigan's ecosystem, and what EGLE is doing to protect them. 

Wetlands Map Viewer

This map is intended to be used as one tool to assist in identifying wetlands and provides only potential and approximate location of wetlands and wetland conditions. EGLE produced this map from the data obtained from other agencies or organizations.

This map is not intended to be used to determine the specific locations and jurisdictional boundaries of wetland areas subject to regulation under Part 303, Wetlands Protection, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended.

Learn more User Guide

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