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Clean Water Public Advocate
Kris Donaldson serves as the public advocate in the Office of Clean Water Public Advocate (OCWPA) within the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). Her office ensures that the public can report drinking water concerns through the statewide concerns reporting system. All concerns are investigated by the appropriate entity as part of EGLE's commitment to accessibility and responsiveness.
OCWPA primarily serves as a resource and facilitator of communication among other offices, state agencies, community partners, and the public in issues related to drinking water. Its mission also includes exploring gaps and recommending potential improvements to policies, procedures, and regulations to support the continued improvement of Michigan's drinking water response and regulation.
Kris joined state government as a drinking water engineer, regulating Wayne County community water supplies in accordance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act. She went on to supervise drinking water staff regulating more than 200 community water supplies in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and St. Clair counties. She previously worked in the private sector as an environmental engineer for an environmental consulting firm.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering from Michigan Technological University and is a licensed professional engineer in Michigan.