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Draft Nonpoint Source Program Plan update released for public review

July 3, 2019

Streambank erosion

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, Water Resources Division released the draft Nonpoint Source Program (NPS) Plan update for public review and is seeking comments through July 26. Section 319 of the federal Clean Water Act requires each state to develop a NPS Plan. The NPS Plan sets priorities and directions for the activities of Nonpoint Source Program (NPS) staff. Michigan is required to update the plan every five years. The NPS is proposing several changes in the 2019 draft update including the following:

  • Expand the use of "alternative plans." The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency allows the limited use of alternative plans to guide some Section 319 grant funding decisions.  Alternative plans are typically shorter and less time consuming to develop than nine element plans. The NPS program is proposing to expand the use of alternative plans for:
    • Inland lakes without designated use impairments.
    • Areas impacted by natural disasters (such as floods or wildfires).
  • Place a priority on advanced nutrient management strategies to reduce nutrient runoff from agricultural sources.
  • Place a priority on Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure projects with a basis of design sufficient to restore the site-specific, pre-settlement hydrologic response at up to the two--year, 24-hour event.
  • Place a priority on assistance to local health departments to develop comprehensive programs to find and fix failing on-site septic systems.
  • Add a new section describing Michigan's Hazard Mitigation Plan (prepared by the Michigan State Police) to make stakeholders aware of Federal Emergency Management Agency funding available for storm water control projects.

The draft Nonpoint Source Program Plan is available on the Nonpoint Source Web page. Please send comments to Bob Day by July 26.?

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