The Water Resources Division (WRD), within the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), is responsible for a permitting process regulating new or increased large quantity water withdrawals over an established baseline capacity under the authority of Part 327, Great Lakes Preservation, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (NREPA). The purpose of this permit is to manage, protect, and conserve the waters of the state for the public trust, interest, and riparian rights.
A. NAME OF PERMIT OR APPROVAL:
Water Withdrawal Permit
B. STATUTORY AUTHORITY:
Part 327, Great Lakes Preservation, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, Public Act 451 of 1994, as amended
C. APPLICABLE REGULATION:
D. SUMMARY OF PERMIT/APPROVAL PROCESS:
1. Applicability (activities that require the permit)
2. Pre-Application Requirements
3. Application Submission Requirements
Completed Water Withdrawal Permit Application including:
Upon receipt of the permit application (form number EQP5947) by the WRD, forms are checked for completeness. If additional information is required, the applicant is contacted in writing in order to obtain the necessary information.
The completed application is reviewed and a permit authorization will be granted if the following conditions are met:
EGLE shall provide public notice of all applications received.
EGLE shall make a decision whether to grant or deny a permit within 120 days of receipt of an administratively complete application.
The permitted withdrawal must report annual water use on an ongoing basis. The withdrawal must continue to not cause an adverse resource impact.
An applicant who is aggrieved by a determination of EGLE may request a contested case hearing by way of a sworn petition. EGLE shall issue a final decision on granting a hearing within 6 months after receipt of the petition, and that decision is subject to judicial review.
Permit application determinations will be posted to the Water Withdrawal and Use Reporting website. The best opportunity for public input is the public notice period upon receipt of a permit application by EGLE. Public comment can also be received after the determination has been made and posted to the program website. The decision maker in the water withdrawal permit issuance process is the Permits Section Manager in EGLE, although it can be elevated to EGLE's Office of the Director when considering controversial decisions that have significant policy impact.
E. ADMINISTERING AGENCY:
Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Water Resources Division, P.O. Box 30458, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7773
Revision Date: July 2019