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Eric Oswald

Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division Director

Eric J. Oswald is director of the Drinking Water and Environmental Health Division (DWEHD) in the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The division is responsible for program areas related to drinking water, environmental health, operator certification and training, campgrounds, swimming pools, and on-site wastewater.

With Eric as director, DWEHD implemented Michigan’s Lead and Copper Rule, the nation’s most stringent; established maximum contaminant levels for seven PFAS compounds; and invested $15 million to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the division’s information technology.

Eric retired as a colonel from the U.S. Air Force in 2017 with 28 years of experience in construction, repair, and maintenance of critical infrastructure. He had served as commander, 110th Mission Support Group, 110th Attack Wing, at W.K. Kellogg Air National Guard Base in Battle Creek. Previous assignments include engineering, environmental compliance, readiness flight commander, chief of maintenance, chief of engineering, squadron commander, and group commander. While in the Air Force, he completed his master’s degree in engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, with thesis research on risk assessment techniques for trichloroethylene. He spent four years overseas.

Eric also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Michigan State University.