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Wastewater Discharge Permitting

  • The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) provides a directory of environmental consultants as a service to Michigan business and residents. One of the primary obligations of any business is to maintain compliance with federal, state, and local environmental, health and safety regulations

  • EGLE uses the MiWaters, permitting and compliance database, for all wastewater related permitting. MiWaters enables Michigan to fulfill federal electronic reporting requirements and providing an online component for access to public information. The focus of MiWaters is permitting and compliance, including National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Permits (including storm water permits) and Groundwater Discharge Permits. It also includes electronic reporting of untreated or partially treated sanitary wastewater.

    One of our focuses in developing MiWaters is to create a system that makes it easier for the EGLE to communicate with, and provide services electronically to, our regulated community. Below is a list of some of the functions and features that MiWaters provides:

    • Permit applications will be submitted electronically.
    • The Electronic Environmental Discharge Monitoring Reporting (e-DMR) system is replaced with a more sophisticated system that will provide additional validation and feedback to permittees, and help detect and prevent errors prior to submittal.
    • All permit-required submittals will be submitted electronically.
    • Those with a MiWaters account will be able to manage permissions, deciding who can view, edit, and submit applications or submittals.
    • Wastewater treatment plants will manage biosolids application sites online. Requests may be submitted through MiWaters with notification sent upon approval.
    • MiWaters will provide near real-time notifications, to the permittee, of any violations determined by the system or by staff, providing permittees with an early "heads up" and opportunity to correct problems.

    MiWaters training information is at MiWaters seminars, webinars, and videos.

    Paper applications for NPDES permits are no longer be accepted now that MiWaters is implemented.

  • EGLE has developed separate guidance documents for NPDES (non-storm water) permits, NPDES storm water permits, and Groundwater discharge permits to help you determine the appropriate fee amounts.