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Teresa Seidel

Water Resources Division Director

Teresa Seidel is director of the Water Resources Division (WRD) for the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). The division protects and monitors the Great Lakes State’s waters to ensure healthy aquatic ecosystems.

Before becoming the WRD director, Teresa spent 16 years in EGLE’s Air Quality Division in positions including field operations supervisor and acting assistant division director. She worked on difficult compliance and permitting issues such as steel mills, power plants, and the state’s only petroleum refinery. She also worked on environmental justice concerns and served as a multimedia coordinator. For two years, she worked as an animal agricultural specialist at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, drafting legislation, writing rules, and working with farmers on feedlot issues.

Teresa started her career with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Surface Water Quality Division in the Grand Rapids District Office, working on combined sewer overflows, nonpoint source pollution, industrial pretreatment, industrial and municipal storm water, superfund sites, and emergency response.

Since rejoining the WRD in August 2016, Teresa has worked to streamline permitting processes; right-size programs; improve technology for the benefit of Michigan residents; and create transparent, predictable, and consistent processes.

Teresa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Master of Public Administration degree in public management, both from Grand Valley State University. She participated in the first Michigan State University Great Lakes Leadership Academy, which completed its studies in September 2008. Gov. Jennifer Granholm recognized Teresa as the state’s Outstanding Employee in 2003. In June 2020, the Michigan Water Environment Association named her its Regulator of the Year.

Teresa and her husband, Jeff, are parents to three young adults and have a labradoodle named Astro.