Alternative Analysis Submittal Pursuant to 2018 Public Act 209

On June 22, 2018, Public Act 209 was enacted and took immediate effect.  This law amended Section 32706c in Part 327, Great Lakes Preservation, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (NREPA) by providing an alternative to site-specific reviews by EGLE.  Under 2018 PA 209, a property owner can hire a professional hydrologist or hydrogeologist to submit an analysis of a proposed large quantity withdrawal (LQW) of up to 1,000,000 gallons per day capacity (equivalent to a continuous pumping rate of 694 gallons per minute).

These alternative analyses can be submitted in electronic form to the Water Use Program at wateruseprogram@michigan.gov.  If the electronic file size is too large to transmit via email, please contact Water Use Program staff to request access the EGLE FTP site or to provide other means of file transfer.  Hard copy submittals should be addressed to:

Mr. Jim Milne, Supervisor
Water Use Assessment Unit
EGLE, Water Resources Division
P.O. Box 30458
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7958

Property owners or their professional hydrologist or hydrogeologist can use this completeness checklist for their alternative analysis submittal.

EGLE will review your submittal for all items as required by law.  EGLE has 20 (or in limited cases 25) business days from receipt of a complete submittal to determine whether the proposed LQW can be registered.  EGLE will notify in writing when it requires 25 business days to make its determination.  If EGLE does not make its determination in 20 (or 25) business days, you may register your proposed LQW pursuant to Subsection 32706c (2)(a) of the NREPA.  EGLE will notify in writing if your proposed LQW can be registered under Subsection 32706c (2) of the NREPA or if your proposed LQW cannot be registered under Subsection 32706c (2)(d) of the NREPA.

If you have any questions concerning 2018 PA 209, or any other questions concerning the Water Use Program, please contact the Water Use Program staff.