The Water Resources Division (WRD), within the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), has responsibility for reviewing permit applications to occupy, fill, or grade lands in a floodplain under the provisions of Part 31, Water Resources Protection, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (NREPA). The purpose of this permit is to assure that channels and floodways are not inhabited and that the capacity of the floodway is not unduly restricted.
A. NAME OF PERMIT OR APPROVAL:
B. STATUTORY AUTHORITY:
Part 31, Water Resources Protection, Natural Resources Environmental Protection Act, Public Act 451 of 1994, as amended (formerly Public Act 245 of 1929, as amended)
C. APPLICABLE REGULATION:
D. SUMMARY OF PERMIT/APPROVAL PROCESS:
Any occupation, construction, filling, or grade change within the floodplain of a river, stream, or drain, including bridge and culvert construction
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 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 if the permit is being issued jointly with Part 301, or Part 303. A Part 31 permit by itself is not required to go through a public notice process. 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
Revision Date: July 2019