The Water Resources Division (WRD) within the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), is responsible for issuing Great Lakes bottomlands permits under the authority of Part 325, Great Lakes Submerged Lands (formerly Public Act 247 of 1955, as amended), of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (NREPA). The purpose of this permit is to protect the waters of the Great Lakes and the Great Lakes bottomlands (the land lying below the ordinary high water mark (OHWM)).
A. NAME OF PERMIT OR APPROVAL:
Great Lakes Bottomlands Permit
B. STATUTORY AUTHORITY:
Part 325, Great Lakes Submerged Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Public Act 451 of 1994
C. APPLICABLE REGULATION:
D. SUMMARY OF PERMIT/APPROVAL PROCESS:
A General Permit for Shoreline Management activities is available for some activities. See the program description.
Permit applications are reviewed jointly by WRD and the USACE (the USACE may also require a permit). Currently, Great Lakes Bottomlands permits are valid for up to five years.
Applicant must comply with all applicable rules and regulations and any stipulations set forth in the permit or Letter of Approval
If an application is denied for a proposed activity, the landowner may appeal the decision to the EGLE Director requesting a contested case hearing pursuant to the State Administrative Procedures Act, Public Act 306 of 1969, as amended (a decision from this process can be appealed to the courts).
Information regarding contested case hearings can be obtained from the Administrative Hearings Website.
The decision makers in this program are district staff. Substantial or unresolved issues may be reviewed by the EGLE deputy directory or the WRD division director. The WRD has many mechanisms for public notice of certain pending permit decisions. A record of applications received is available on an online permitting and compliance system called MiWaters. This online system allows queries related to public hearings, public notices, year, county, township, range, section, water body, file number or applicant name. The WRD district contact can be found through MiWaters. The best opportunity for public input is during the 20 day public review and comment period for individual permits. If the proposed project impacts regulated wetlands under the jurisdiction of Part 303 then the local units of government (village, city, township or county) have 45 days to submit comment. If a public hearing is scheduled, then all previously notified groups and individuals are notified by mail at least 10 days prior to the hearing.
E. ADMINISTERING AGENCY:
EGLE, Water Resources Division, P.O. Box 30458, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7704
Revision Date: December 2019