The Water Resources Division (WRD), within the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), has responsibility to review construction activities on dams under the provisions of Part 315, Dam Safety (formerly Public Act 300 of 1989, as amended), of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (NREPA). The purpose of this permit is to assure that dams are built, repaired, enlarged, removed, altered, or abandoned in a manner that the resultant structure will have no significant adverse impact on the public health, safety, welfare, property, natural resources, or public trust in those natural resources.
A. NAME OF PERMIT OR APPROVAL:
Dam Safety Permit
B. STATUTORY AUTHORITY:
Part 315, Dam Safety, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Public Act 451 of 1994, as amended
C. APPLICABLE REGULATION:
D. SUMMARY OF PERMIT/APPROVAL PROCESS:
Any construction, repair, enlargement, removal, alteration, or abandonment of a regulated dam.
For construction, enlarging, or reconstruction:
For dam removal or abandonment
For dam repair:
$100 to $3,000, depending on the size of the dam and the nature of the project
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 Procedures Website.
The decision makers in this program are staff of the Hydrologic Studies and Dam Safety Unit (HSDSU). 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 pending permit decisions. A record of applications received is available on an online searchable 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 HSDSU contact can be found through MiWaters. The best opportunity for public input is during the 20 day public review and comment period. 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 hearing is requested, 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 48909-7958