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What are submerged lands?
The State of Michigan is trustee of the bottomlands and waters of the Great Lakes and has a perpetual duty to manage these resources for the benefit of its citizens. Permits are required from both EGLE and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) prior to any work below the Ordinary High-Water Mark of a Great Lake. The State of Michigan is authorized to convey public trust bottomlands of the Great Lakes when the public use of those lands will not be impaired or substantially affected. The bottomlands can be conveyed by deed, lease, or agreement. This need is typically identified during the permit review process.