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June 2021

Industrial Storm Water Certified Operator Training - Day 2  (recorded 6/9/21, 1 hr 51 min)

Industrial Storm Water Certified Operator Training  - Day 1 (recorded 6/8/21, 1 hr 54 min)

All facilities that require industrial storm water permit coverage are required to have an Industrial Storm Water Certified Operator who has supervision over the facility's storm water treatment and control measures.  In order to obtain a new certification or to renew an existing certification due to expire, you typically had to attend one of the EGLE WRD industrial storm water certified operator training/exam sessions which are conducted in the various district offices. However, given the situation regarding COVID-19 all "in person" training/exam sessions have been suspended.

This virtual training was developed to assist new certified operator candidates and existing certified operators with the review of Industrial Storm Water program materials with EGLE staff and provided the opportunity to ask questions. This training, similar to the former district office training, is meant to be used in conjunction with review of the Industrial Storm Water Certified Operator Training Manual. The training manual was developed by EGLE WRD to inform permittees and Industrial Storm Water Certified Operators of the program and permit obligations.



MAY 2021

Managing Cybersecurity at Drinking Water and Wastewater Facilities (recorded 5/12/2021, 72 min)

Presenters will provide an overview of current threats facing Michigan municipalities including real world examples of successful attacks and introduce you to a roadmap for improving your cybersecurity posture including concrete actions that you can take in the short, medium, and long term. We also invite you to join Michigan Cyber Partners - a collaboration between various divisions at the State of Michigan, including Michigan Cyber Security and the Michigan State Police, and local public entities across Michigan to strengthen, improve, and promote cybersecurity resources and best practices. 

This webinar has been designed to provide relevant and timely information to water utilities, City and elected officials, utility and DPW directors/managers/ superintendents, certified operators, consultants, and those responsible data systems management within treatment plants.

Biosolids with PFAS - An Interim Strategy: What you need to know about sampling and reporting (recorded 5/04/2021, 120 min)

Information will be provided on how Michigan is addressing the land application of biosolids containing PFAS (an Interim Strategy). This strategy was developed to guide all Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs) with a Residuals Management Program (RMP) that intend to land apply biosolids on or after July 1, 2021. This webinar will explain the technical aspects of the Interim Strategy; modification of all WWTP RMPs; the new requirements associated with the land application of biosolids; sampling, methods, laboratories who conduct the tests; reporting results/dates; submission of the data through MiWaters; communications/notifications to landowners/farmers; investigations; risk mitigation strategies; and websites for resources. We are encouraging the following to attend: All WWTP operators who work at facilities that land apply biosolids, land application contractors, engineering and environmental consultants, wastewater operations consultants, and laboratory personnel that perform wastewater testing (liquid and solids).
Session Two: Suitability for Onsite Water Supplies and Wastewater Treatment and Dispersal. This session reviews the specific requirements for site suitability and the roles of those who demonstrate to the local health departments that the conditions are supportive of approval including evidence that the specific site conditions meet the rules. Audience: Training for local health department staff involved in the review of condominiums, subdivisions, and land divisions less than 1 acre in size.
Presented by EGLE Onsite Wastewater Program (presenters: Dave Cotton, Dale Ladouceur, and Regina Young)

APRIL 2021

2020 Volatilization to Indoor Air Pathway Screening Levels (recorded 4/29/2021, 81 min)

In September 2020, the EGLE replaced the rescinded Appendix D.1 of the 2013 Guidance Document for the Vapor Intrusion Pathway - Volatilization to Indoor Air Pathway (VIAP) Screening Levels with Residential and Nonresidential VIAP Screening Level Tables. The VIAP screening levels are provided as a voluntary tool that may be used to determine that site conditions do not present a risk and allow a quick regulatory closure or that site conditions warrant a more site-specific evaluation, at common residential and nonresidential sites. This webinar will cover the purpose behind the VIAP screening levels, the basic exposure assumptions used in their development, what documentation is needed for their voluntary use, and their use.

Presenters: Shane Morrison, PhD; Erica Bays; and Melissa Yuvan, EGLE Remediation and Redevelopment Division

Reviewing Less than 1 Acre Land Divisions, Condominiums, and Subdivisions and the Part 4 Administrative Rules R560.401 - R560.42 (recorded 4/28/2021, 148 min)

This session looks at the evolution of the statutory authority and the Administrative Rules. The session will also review pertinent definitions, the milestone dates for determining applicable rules, and the steps for review and approval of these projects.


CDSMI Guidance: Service Line Material Verification Requirements (recorded 4/27/2021, 63 min)

Discussion of the guidance for complete distribution system materials inventories minimum physical service line material verification requirements. During this webinar there will be a presentation followed by some time for questions and answers. 


Not in MI waters: Responding to watchlist aquatic plants in Michigan (recorded 4/20/2021, 62 min)

What happens when a new invasive plant is found in Michigan waters? That's when a special team of biologists and technicians grab their waders, load their boats and get to work. Find out about the science of early detection and response (EDR), who is involved, and how Michigan's aquatic invasive plant EDR initiative responds to emerging issues in waters across the state. Presenter Bill Keiper, an aquatic biologist with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, will share his field experience working with partners to control European frog-bit, parrot feather and other recently introduced aquatic invasive plants. A question and answer period will follow.

This webinar will provide a brief overview of the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) Rule and will update attendees on all new requirements of the regulation, including data and language requirements, and options for direct delivery. The second part of this training will provide guidance on making CCRs more understandable for consumers. We will discuss "readability" of a CCR, highlight considerations for developing a CCR, and present examples of ways to improve reports.

This webinar is intended for Type 1 Water Systems, including water operators, owners, and any administrative staff that assist with creating the annual CCR.


MARCH 2021

Why spotted lanternfly? Assessing the potential threat of invasive species to Michigan (recorded 3/25/2021, 63 min)
Spotted lanternfly was added to Michigan's invasive species watch list in 2018. What makes this colorful insect a threat to our state? What can be done to prevent it? Learn how local and national collaboration helps Michigan's Invasive Species Program determine which species are real threats and then prepare for their potential arrival. Hear from presenter Rob Miller, an invasive species prevention and response specialist for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development who is leading Michigan's spotted lanternfly response.


Contracting for Remediation Projects: The Michigan Experience (recorded 3/25/2021, 61 min)
Please join us for a webinar exploring state of Michigan contracts utilized for environmental remediation projects. This one-hour webinar will explore the history of state contracts for professional services; the indefinite-scope, indefinite-delivery (ISID) contracts; the ISID solicitation and selection processes; and case studies. Participants can expect to learn a brief history of contracting for professionals services at the state of Michigan; an overview of contracts currently used for environmental investigation, study, design, construction oversight, underground storage tank removal, and laboratory professional services; and case studies focused on contracting. Additional information will include a brief overview of the SIGMA Vendor Self Service (VSS) website.


Sadi Rayyan, P.E., is a licensed professional engineer and a project director with the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget (DTMB) - Design and Construction Division. Mr. Rayyan has been involved in planning and managing contracts for various programs and state projects at DTMB since 1997.

Kristi Zakrzewski, P.E., is a licensed professional engineer and project director with DTMB's Design and Construction Division.  She specializes in contracting, design, and construction of remedial strategies for sites regulated under Part 201 Environmental Remediation of NREPA and CERCLA.

Bridget Walsh, P.E., is a licensed professional engineer with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy's (EGLE'S) Remediation and Redevelopment Division (RRD) and serves as RRD's contract administrator.

Nick Swiger, P.E., CPG, is an Environmental Engineering Specialist working for EGLE RRD out of the Cadillac District Office.  He has been working on site investigations, remediation, and contracting for over 19 years and currently administers the State-Wide Expanded Triage contract and the Design-Build Soil and Underground Storage Tank removal contact.


Repairing Water Leaks in Disadvantaged Communities  (recorded 3/18/21, 45 min)
Underserved and under-represented communities are often disproportionately impacted by the health risks and economic costs of water leaks. Aging infrastructure and older homes contribute to energy and water waste. Water leaks in homes can impact overall water affordability for residents. Unaffordable water bills are a burden for residents and can lead to damaging outcomes, including water shutoffs.

In this webinar, panelists will discuss their role in repairing water leaks and restoring water access to residents in disadvantaged communities. Patrick Gubry, Conservation Manager at Wayne Metro Community Action Agency, will share lessons learned from their water conservation and water access repair programs. Adrienne Bennett, President and CEO of Benkari Plumbing and Water Conservation, will discuss ongoing work to repair water leaks in disadvantaged communities through water conservation efforts with Wayne Metro CAA and now the Water Leak Pilot in Highland Park.


Connecting the Dots Between Water and Energy Conservation  (recorded 3/16/21, 53 min)
Water and energy conservation are closely related. Conserving these critical resources benefits residents, public health, the economy, and the environment. Achieving maximum positive impact in communities requires an integrative and collaborative approach to water and energy conservation. A range of stakeholders can play an important role, including government, private industry, nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, utilities, and citizens. In this webinar, a panel of energy industry specialists will discuss their role in energy and water conservation through renewable energy projects and water-efficient energy projects. They will share stories about their projects in Michigan communities. The panel will also highlight collaborative opportunities for energy and water conservation through the building of partnerships and connecting resources. 

Presenters: David Becker, Marketing Program Manager at DTE Energy, Patrick Leahy, Program Manager at Efficiency United, and Yvonne K. Lewis, Senior Program Manager at Consumers Energy


Helping Communities Access Water Infrastructure Funding Webinar (recorded 3/10/21, 49 min)
Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy announced the MI Clean Water Plan in October 2020. The investment focuses on rebuilding Michigan's infrastructure and provides $500 million worth of funding to help local communities upgrade their drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. This webinar will provide an update on the status of the drinking water programs and next steps for the wastewater programs included in the plan. The session is geared toward providing updated information to drinking water system operators, wastewater managers, consultants, local officials, and others who oversee or manage such systems.



Remediation and Risk Management Series - PFAS Hot Topics (recorded 2/25/21, 61 min)
Part 1: PFAS Sampling: Results of a Cross-Contamination Study
Can per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) be transferred from common products used during sampling?  There is the potential for PFAS to be present in many products that are routinely used in the environmental field. This presentation will show the results of a study performed investigating the potential for cross-contamination from a number of commonly used products.  Knowing the types of PFAS that may leach off of a particular sampling material may also be helpful in the forensic evaluation of sample data.  Analytical results will be presented along with experimental observations and recommendations.

Part 2: Effects of Variable Analytical Parameter Suites on the Identification of PFAS Sources
Evaluation of the relative composition of individual PFAS compounds in surface water and groundwater samples can be an effective method to identify the source(s) of PFAS in these media.  The list of PFAS compounds that laboratories are able to detect and the list of analytes required by various regulatory agencies continues to expand.  As a result, the number of compounds that can be used to "fingerprint" samples is variable with time and with location.  Attendees will learn about the efficacy and limitations of using PFAS analytes as fingerprints for source identification and delineation.

Presenter: Ms. Elizabeth Denly serves as TRC's PFAS Group Program Director and is also the Quality Assurance & Chemistry Director responsible for development of quality assurance project plans, evaluation of PFAS analytical data, and creation of PFAS-specific SOPs for field sampling.

Overview of EGLE's new GIS Hub: Maps & Data webpage (recorded 2/25/21, 59 min)
This webinar will introduce the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy's (EGLE) new Maps & Data webpage  ( and showcase data available in our new Open Data portal. This webpage brings together all of EGLE's map-driven applications as well as publicly available data for download in one top-level centralized location, rather than scattered throughout various program webpages.

During this webinar, we'll share what kind of data you can expect from the Open Data portal in the future. We'll also share how you can tell which data is authoritative, and explain why that's important. Time will also be set aside to answer questions. Anyone interested in how EGLE is sharing spatial data with the public should attend this webinar.


Aquatic Nuisance Control Program Permitting Updates 2021 (recorded 2/17/21, 66 min)
The purpose of this webinar is to provide updates to the Aquatic Nuisance Control regulated community about new permit conditions, review of permitting processes in MiWaters, and compliance assistance for 2021.


Ahoy, Boaters! Resources to help prevent the introduction and spread of AIS (recorded 2/16/2021, 64 min)
Recreational boating, paddling and water sports are extremely popular in Michigan, but they also can introduce and spread aquatic invasive species in Michigan's lakes, rivers and streams. Fortunately, the Clean Boats, Clean Waters and MI Paddle Stewards programs are here to help. With free classes, signage, outreach materials and grants, both programs serve as resources for boaters, recreational groups, local communities and property owners working to keep Michigan's waters free from invasive species. Presenters Paige Filice, Natural Resources Educator at Michigan State University Extension, and Mary Bohling, Extension Educator at Michigan Sea Grant, will share resources and information about their programs and answer questions.


Michigan K-12 Public School HVAC Assistance Program: Outline & Guidance (recorded 2/3/2021, 63 min)
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) hosted this webinar to explain the Michigan K-12 Public School HVAC Assistance Program, which offers free onsite assistance to public schools with recommendations to reduce infectious aerosol transmission by Michigan licensed mechanical contractors.  Grants are provided directly to participating contractors to cover program services.  The webinar will review program objectives and detail the application process for both K-12 public schools and licensed mechanical contractors. 

More information is available at  Just select the link for the Michigan K-12 Public School HVAC Assistance under the spotlight.



Remediation and Risk Management Series: Conceptual Site Models 101 (recorded 1/27/2021, 60 min)
Conceptual site models (CSMs) are a written or pictorial representation of an environmental system and the biological, physical, and chemical processes that determine the transport of contaminants from sources through the environmental media to environmental receptors within the system. Learn what this means from a regulator's perspective and how CSMs play a role in the review of compliance submittals. The webinar will review CSM basics, as well as information and tools that may be available for CSM construction. Every contaminated site has a story to tell, so know your audience and write a great script.


Hemlock rescue! Collaborating to stop the spread of hemlock woolly adelgid (recorded 1/22/21, 63 min)
Hemlock woolly adelgid has killed hundreds of thousands of hemlock trees in eastern states, including significant areas in the Appalachian and Great Smoky mountains.  When infestations began spreading in West Michigan, a team of technicians went to work to "hold the line" through rigorous survey and treatment of infested trees in an effort to save Michigan's 170 million eastern hemlocks from the same fate.  Join Drew Rayner, coordinator of the West Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, to learn how federal, state and local resources are coming together to save Michigan's hemlock resource, one tree at a time.


Applying for FY21 Nonpoint Source Program Watershed Planning Funding (recorded 1/21/21, 59 min)
EGLE Nonpoint Source (NPS) staff explain the FY 2021 NPS Program funding for watershed planning projects. NPS staff discuss the grant application schedule, program priorities, eligibility criteria, application requirements, tips for successful applications, and they will also answer your questions. This webinar is intended for watershed groups, conservation organizations, municipal environmental coordinators, drain commissioners and others interested in applying for a nonpoint source grant to develop or update watershed management plans to restore and protect watersheds and enhance water quality.


MAERS Review (recorded 1/20/21, 67 min)
Are you familiar with the Michigan Air Emissions Reporting System (MAERS) but in need of a little review? The Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) is pleased to provide this MAERS Review webinar. The webinar is geared for those that are familiar with MAERS but would like a quick review to get them ready for the next submittal. The webinar will provide a very brief review of:

  • Registration process
  • Adding users to an account
  • Navigating the system
  • Submitting Data


Applying for EGLE's Watershed Council Support Grants 
EGLE Nonpoint Source (NPS) staff explain a new State funded program to support Watershed Councils and other organizations that work to protect or enhance water quality. NPS staff will discuss eligible applicants, the grant application schedule, program priorities, eligibility criteria, application requirements, tips for successful applications, and they will also answer your questions. This webinar is intended for Watershed Councils, Watershed Alliances, local units of government, tribal entities, colleges, universities, and entities with 501(c)(3) status working to improve water quality on a watershed basis.






Consolidation and Contamination Risk Reduction (C2R2) Grant: what you need to know to get your drinking water system funded (recorded 12/14/20, 59 min)
Governor Whitmer's announcement to invest in water infrastructure under Michigan's Clean Water Plan included $25 million for creation of the Consolidation and Contamination Risk Reduction (C2R2) Grant program. This newly formed program is available to drinking water systems for projects that remove or reduce PFAS or other contaminants, as defined under state or federal drinking water regulations, or efforts to consolidate systems or connect private residential wells with contamination to a local municipal system. This webinar provides an overview of the grant and streamlined application process, followed by a question and answer session with EGLE staff. Information on this grant can be found on EGLE's C2R2 grant webpage.



Catalyst Communities Kick-off (recorded 11/19/20, 121 min)
Communities across Michigan are experiencing high water events, extreme temperature, increases in rainfall, and changes in agricultural and natural systems which are impacting the welfare of our State's residents and upending everyday business. Though these events span the state, localized impacts have--and will continue to--profoundly affect health, safety and quality of life in every local community. To help communities better prepare for increased frequency and ferocity of weather disruptions, we have launched the Catalyst Communities initiative, which provides information, training, and resources to suit every community's unique needs. In this kick-off event, leaders from across the State of Michigan will share work underway to enhance the resilience of Michiganders. Attendees will learn about resources that can help advance local and regional resilience, stories of how state agencies are integrating resilience into their operations, and the stories of efforts to enhance resilience in some Michigan communities. Attendees will also learn more about a new cohort-based training program that will guide participants through the creation of a resilience and localized decarbonization plan.


Part 3: Wastewater - How is it regulated and how to prepare for an inspection? (recorded 11/19/20, 90 min)
Do you know how the water that leaves your property through storm drains, sinks, floor drains, and other points is regulated? This webinar will help you identify what type of wastewater you might generate at your business and how that wastewater is regulated. Staff from EGLE's Water Resources Division will walk you through the various types of wastewater to help you determine what types of permits or authorizations might be


Drinking Water Asset Management (DWAM) Grant: what you need to know to get your drinking water system funded (recorded 11/18/20, 58 min)
Governor Whitmer's recent announcement to invest in water infrastructure under Michigan's Clean Water Plan included $36.5 million for the creation of the Drinking Water Asset Management (DWAM) Grant program. This newly formed program is available to assist water supplies in Asset Management Plan development or updates, and/or Distribution System Materials Inventory activities to comply with Michigan's Lead and Copper Rule. This webinar will provide an overview of the grant and streamlined application process, followed by a question and answer session with EGLE staff. Information on this grant can be found on the DWAM grant webpage.


Delicious but dangerous: Responding to the Michigan red swamp crayfish invasion (recorded 11/17/20, 63 min)
The newest crayfish invader in Michigan draws a spectrum of opinions. Although many associate red swamp crayfish with crawfish boils, they are also one of the world's most widespread invasive crayfish species and can have a range of negative impacts. Join us to learn about the risks red swamp crayfish pose, the ongoing response efforts in Michigan and the research underway to improve control efforts. Presenters Dr. Lucas Nathan, aquatic invasive species coordinator for the Michigan DNR, and Dr. Brian Roth, associate professor at Michigan State University will share their field experience and answer questions.


PFAS Criteria Statutory and Rule Making Process Information Session II (recorded 11/16/2020, 47 min)
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) promulgated state drinking water standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) effective August 3, 2020, that do not have cleanup criteria established under Part 201, Environmental Remediation, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (Part 201). EGLE must follow the process set forth by statute and rule to establish cleanup criteria because there are no cleanup criteria currently for these substances. The process to establish cleanup criteria was initiated with two informational meetings in November 2020.

In this second informational meeting, EGLE staff presented results of the first part of the process to calculate generic cleanup criteria for groundwater used as drinking water for PFNA, PFHxS, PFHxA, PFBS, and HFPO-DA (also known as GenX).  Following the presentation, meeting attendees were provided an opportunity to ask questions of a EGLE personnel.


MI Business Webinar Series: Part 2: Hazardous Waste Management - How to prepare for an EGLE waste inspection? (recorded 11/12/20, 90 min) 

This webinar will focus on how to determine what type of waste you have (hazardous waste, liquid industrial by-product, or solid waste) and how it must be managed to protect human health and our environment under Michigan's environmental regulations. Inspection staff will share details on who they typically inspect, why they inspect, when they inspect, what they want to see, and best practices that can be implemented to ensure a favorable inspection finding. Inspection staff will share examples of both good and bad management practices and what happens when non-compliance is observed. Everyone generates waste materials, whether it's from an office building, a commercial operation, or an industrial operation. It is important to know not only what type of waste you generate but also how much you generate to know the management standards that apply. This webinar will benefit any business, large or small, by helping them understand how their waste is classified and the management standards that must be met to prevent costly clean-ups. Tune in to ensure you are ready for a hazardous waste inspection.

New Limited Treatment System MOR Template (recorded 11/12/20, 90 min) 

This webinar is designed for operators who are required to begin using EGLE's new drinking water Monthly Operations Report (MOR) template. If you would like to see first-hand from EGLE how to use the new MOR template this webinar is for you. The webinar will be covering some basic Microsoft Excel functions, what the new MOR template looks like and how it works, how to fill out the template properly, how to save and print a pdf of the workbook for signing and submitting to EGLE, and a new Operator Tool that is an excel file to help operators with unit conversions and other related operational items. 


Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)/Nonattainment New Source Review  (NNSR) Applicability - Part 2 - Baseline and Applicability Analyses (Recorded 11/10/2020,  56 min)
Applicability analyses for air permitting can be daunting.  What do baseline, projected actual, and potential mean?  It can be difficult to navigate and make sure the Air Quality Division has all the information in your application necessary to review your request.  Join Melissa Byrnes to get some tips and information about what to include as well as what you could expect during our review.


MI Business Webinar Series:  Air Permits and Inspections - What do I need to know and how do I prepare for an inspection (recorded 11/9/20, 85 min)
This webinar focuses on how a company can begin to determine whether a process they have or are considering needs an air permit, when you should apply for a permit, how to get started on that process and what resources are available.  The webinar will also discuss how a company can successfully work with EGLE's Air Quality Division (AQD) inspection staff.  This will include when and how inspections are done, what an inspector will look for and what may happen if things are not quite what they should be.  Attendees will be able to ask questions of AQD permitting and inspection staff for a first hand account of what success looks like.  You should attend this webinar if you are a company considering new equipment, concerned whether your existing equipment is in compliance or you have questions about air quality you would like answered.


PFAS Criteria Statutory and Rule Making Process Information Session I  (recorded 11/2/20, 36 min)
The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) promulgated state drinking water standards for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) effective August 3, 2020, that do not have cleanup criteria established under Part 201, Environmental Remediation, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended (Part 201). EGLE must follow the process set forth by statute and rule to establish cleanup criteria because there are no cleanup criteria currently for these substances. The process to establish cleanup criteria will be initiated with two informational meetings.  The initial informational meeting held on November 2, 2020 presented the statutory and rule process that must be followed to establish generic cleanup criteria when there are no current criteria. Following the presentation, meeting attendees were provided an opportunity to ask questions of EGLE personnel.



Responding to the threat of invasive grass carp in Lake Erie: How science focuses action  (recorded 10/22/20, 70 min)
You've probably heard of the invasive bighead and silver carp outside of Chicago, but did you know there's already an invasive carp species in the Great Lakes? Get the real story about grass carp in Lake Erie and the multi-jurisdictional response efforts underway to locate and remove them. We will discuss how fishery biologists make strategic decisions and how they implement those decisions to effectively control grass carp. The speakers for this inaugural webinar are Dr. John Dettmers, director of fisheries management at the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and Dr. Kelly Robinson, assistant professor at Michigan State University.


Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)/Nonattainment New Source Review (NNSR) Applicability - Part 1 - Best Available Control Technology (BACT) and NNSR (Recorded 10/21/2020,  67 min)
Wow! That is a lot of acronyms! With recent changes in attainment status for ozone, non-attainment new source review applications have been received along with PSD applications.  Join Air Quality Division staff to discuss PSD and Non-attainment New Source Review.  We will discuss the differences and commonalities between the two.  Also, provide some tips on what to include in your application.


MI Clean Water - Water Infrastructure Funding Webinar (recorded 10/14/20, 60 min)
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan EGLE recently announced the MI Clean Water plan that includes $500 million worth of funding resources to help local communities upgrade drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. This webinar helps managers of community water supplies learn about the different funding categories and how to apply for assistance. It is geared toward drinking water system operators, wastewater managers, consultants, local officials and others who oversee or manage such systems.

Business Sustainability UNCENSORED!  (recorded 10/14/20, 64 min)
Employees, have you ever wondered why your organization is not rushing the transition to more sustainable business practices? Managers and business owners, do you wish to gain more perspectives on vital incentives and potential hurdles when making the change to be more sustainable?

Hear from Bill Stough, who has dedicated his lifelong career to advancing environmental practices in businesses.  Bill will share details about why the sustainability imperative cannot be ignored much longer without suffering significant drawbacks.

Join this webinar to gain insights on why businesses may still be on the fence when choosing to adopt or not adopt sustainable practices. Employees, hear examples of how to communicate with management and craft a stronger voice to become a "sustainability champion." Decision makers and business owners, learn why overlooking sustainability is such a critical issue of our time.



How to Perform a Top-Down Best Available Control Technology Analysis (BACT) (Recorded 9/23/2020,  57 min)
What is a Top-Down BACT analysis?  Well, for starters it has 5-steps!  Tune in with Catherine Asselin to hear about what to include in your air permit application for Top-Down BACT.  We will discuss what information to include, a cost-analysis and where this process is used.  Hint:  It applies to more than just Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD)


Create the Pathway Towards Emission Reduction: How to Build a Carbon Inventory  (recorded 9/16/20, 61 min)
Do you know your carbon footprint? A successful pathway to reducing greenhouse gasses starts with building a carbon inventory. Learn how to measure your organizations carbon footprint, engage stakeholders and set goals that will influence future strategies.  In this webinar, you will hear from the Wayne County Airport Authority, an organization that is accredited by the global Airport Carbon Accreditation program, they have inventoried carbon emissions from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport since 2013. You will see a case study from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport that illustrates how an organization can measure its carbon footprint, track trends and progress, achieve its goals for carbon emission reductions, and publicly report on them. Lessons learned, tools for success, and reporting frameworks applicable to a variety of industries will be discussed as well.



What Happens After the Low-Hanging Fruit Has Been Picked when Implementing Your Energy Reduction Strategy? (recorded 8/27/20, 64 min)
Tracking energy usage is a start to overall energy reduction strategies. But paying attention to that information and knowing what to do to resolve the issues identified during the monitoring process is the next critical component to moving closer toward zero net energy goals. Learn how to track energy usage in a building, what to look for when evaluating energy usage data, and how to use that data to resolve issues uncovered through the data collection process. 


EGLE Drinking Water PFAS Rule Training for Community and Nontransient Noncommunity Water Supplies (recorded 8/25/20, 58 min)
Beginning August 3, 2020, monitoring and compliance with maximum contaminant levels (MCL) for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) will be required for community and nontransient noncommunity water supplies. The PFAS rules establish MCLs for seven PFAS compounds, as well as monitoring and reporting requirements, best available treatment techniques for PFAS reduction, and laboratory certification criteria.   This presentation will provide public water supply owners, operators, and staff an overview of the newly adopted PFAS provisions.

Navigating Part 6 and Part 7 - Volatile Organic Compound Rules (Recorded 8/19/2020, 53 min)
Volatile Organic Compounds are regulated under Part 6 and Part 7 of the state air pollution control rules.  Part 6 is applicable to "existing" sources and Part 7 is applicable to "new" sources.  Did you know that "new" is not so new after all as it affects sources installed after 1979?  Join us to hear about how Part 6 and 7 relate to each other, what you should put in your air permit application, and what to expect in your final permit conditions.

Online Public Meeting - Enbridge Line 5 Tunnel Application Submittals (recorded 8/6/20, 64 min)
EGLE staff provided an overview of the permitting process for the two permit applications submitted by Enbridge related to the proposed Line 5 Tunnel project. The purpose of the meeting is to explain what has been received in the applications, discuss public participation and comment and the timeline for permit decisions (NPDES Permit No. MI0060278 and Resource Submission Number: HNY-NHX4-FSR2Q).  Further information on these proposed permits and subsequent meetings to be held can be found at and at


JULY 2020

Creating and Obtaining Planet Goals - EGLE Sustainability Series (recorded 7/29/20, 70 min)
Learn how to set, track and get the most value from sustainability goals. In 2018 Consumers Energy established its Planet Goals.  They include goals to eliminate the use of coal to generate electricity, to reduce carbon emissions by 90 percent, to reduce water use by 1 billion gallons, to reduce waste being landfilled by 35 percent, and to enhance, restore or protect 5,000 acres of land in Michigan. These goals were developed from a materiality assessment and stakeholder engagement process. Attendees will hear about Consumers Energy's processes for establishing planet goals, the work underway to reach those goals, along with some of the benefits realized and challenges encountered along the way.


Applying for Nonpoint Source Grants Webinar​ (recorded 7/21/2020, 50 min)
EGLE Nonpoint Source (NPS) staff explain the FY 2021 NPS Program funding for watershed implementation projects. NPS staff discuss the grant application process, program priorities, eligibility criteria, and tips for successful applications. This webinar is intended for watershed groups, conservation organizations, municipal environmental coordinators, drain commissioners and others interested in applying for a nonpoint source grant to restore and protect watersheds through implementation of approved watershed plans.


Permitting Considerations for Recovery Projects after the Mid-Michigan Floods (recorded 7/16/20, 80 min)
This information session was intended to provide residents information about permitting requirements and the permitting processes for recovery projects after the recent devastating floods in Mid-Michigan.   It includes a basic overview state environmental and local building regulations.  It does not address the ongoing investigations into the causes behind the dam failures, or the still undecided long-term plans for the Four Lakes.   The purpose is to provide information and direction to impacted citizens and local governments trying to recover from the event.

Results of EPA/EGLE Study "Targeted and Nontargeted Analysis of PFAS in Fume Suppressant Products at Chrome Plating Facilities" (recorded 7/9/20, 93 min)
EGLE and EPA conducted the study to assist in compliance efforts undertaken by the chrome plating industry in Michigan, where a number of metal finishers have had to invest significant resources to install pre-treatment systems to remove PFOS from their process wastewater, even though they complied with federal requirements to discontinue use of the PFOS-based fume suppressants years prior.  Samples of 9 different fume suppressants and effluent from 11 platers in Michigan were collected in July 2019.  This webinar is to discuss the results and answer questions about the study.  This webinar is intended for representatives of the metal finishing industry, wastewater treatment, and other interested parties.


Information and Resources for Residents Recovering from the Mid-Michigan Floods (recorded 7/8/20, 93 min)
This webinar is intended to provide residents information about recovery activities from the recent devastating floods in Mid-Michigan.   It will include a basic overview of recovery services and activities from state, federal, and local partners.   It will not address the ongoing investigations into the causes behind the dam failures, or the still undecided long-term plans for the Four Lakes.   The purpose is to provide information and direction to impacted citizens that are trying to recover from the event.  


JUNE 2020

PFAS Reverse Osmosis Leachate Treatment and Granulated Activated Carbon Technology (recorded 6/30/20, 82 min)
In this webinar, attendees will learn about treatment technologies used to successfully remove PFAS from landfill leachate and contaminated groundwater.  Municipal and regional government officials, wastewater managers and directors, landfill owners and operators, operations and maintenance personnel, scientists, product and service providers, project managers and engineers, environmental consultants, water advocacy organizations, environmental and community groups, and anyone interested in PFAS impacts in the Great Lakes region could all benefit from participating in this webinar.


Implementing a Household Hazardous Waste and Universal Waste Collection in your Community (recorded 6/30/20, 61 min)
Household hazardous waste is not ideal for landfilling because it can result in contaminants from the waste eventually entering our environment. Wastewaters treatment technologies are not able to remove all chemicals of concern that can come from the decomposing waste. To prevent hazardous chemicals from being landfilled, some communities offer household hazardous waste collections. These collections provide for materials like batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, aerosol cans, and electronics to be recycled, capturing precious materials for reuse. They also provide for materials like pharmaceuticals and pesticides to be destroyed through incineration which prevents the chemicals from cycling in our environment. In this webinar, attendees will learn about the waste regulations that apply to collecting and diverting household hazardous waste and common small businesses wastes from being landfilled, in an effort to protect and preserve Michigan's valuable natural resources and the environment.

Particulate Emissions (Recorded 6/24/2020, 63 min)
Emissions of particulate are important to include in your air permit application.  Did you know that there are different types of particulate and each are subject to different regulations?  Join Mark Mitchell to discuss PM, PM10 (particles 10 microns or less), PM2.5 (particles 2.5 microns or less) and condensable.  The discussion will include what to provide in your application, what emission limits and requirements you could see in your final permit conditions.

Webinar Series for Small Systems Operators - Session 5 (Recorded on 6/24/20, 75 min)
This training will focus on assisting small systems operators with collecting water samples for analysis, how to properly fill out a lab analysis form, and how to understand lab results.
Session 5 of this series will include:


Webinar Series for Small Systems Operators - Session 4 (Recorded on 6/23/20, 90 min) 
This training will focus on assisting small systems operators on handling emergencies and developing contingency plans. There will also be a presentation by MISS DIG to explain what MISS DIG does and how being a member can benefit small water systems.  Session 4 of this series will include:


What Small Businesses Need to Know about Hazardous Waste (recorded 6/17/20, 68 min)
In this EGLE waste webinar series webinar, attendees learn:

  • What is a hazardous waste, a non-hazardous liquid waste called liquid industrial by-product, and a universal waste.
  • How to determine if a site is a very small quantity generator (VSQG, formerly CESQG) of hazardous waste subject to less regulation than larger hazardous waste generators.
  • What a generator must do to meet the VSQG exemption and be subject to less regulation than larger hazardous waste generators.
  • How VSQG hazardous waste and non-hazardous liquids (liquid industrial by-product) must be handled, transported and recycled or
  • disposed to meet Michigan's environmental regulations.
  • What the inspector looks for during a hazardous waste and liquid industrial by-product generator inspection.


Webinar Series for Small Systems Operators - Session 3 (Recorded on 6/16/20, 95 min)  
This training will also include information on how water wells are constructed and disinfected. 
Session 3 of this series will include:


Webinar Series for Small Systems Operators - Session 2 (recorded 6/10/20, 88 min)
Session 2 of this series will include:


Webinar Series for Small Systems Operators - Session 1  (recorded 6/09/20, 77 min)
Session 1 of this series will include:


Lead and Copper Rule Session 2 (recorded 6/04/20, 95 min)
This training will focus on assisting community water systems required to conduct lead and copper sampling during 2020.  Session 2 of this series will include:

Universal Waste (recorded 6/03/20, 70 min)
In this webinar attendees will learn the basics about Michigan's universal waste regulations.  Attendees will learn why the universal waste regulations exist, what a universal waste is, and how universal waste must be handled and disposed to meet the universal waste partial exemption from hazardous waste regulation.

PFAS Fire Fighting Foam: Treatment of Contaminated Sites and Foam Disposal (recorded 6/2/20, 64 min)
Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large group of man-made chemicals that have been used globally in thousands of common household products and as a fire fighting agent.  In recent years, PFAS have been found to persistent in the environment and in the human body - meaning they don't break down and they can accumulate over time.  Experts have also become increasingly more concerned about the health effects high concentrations of PFAS may have on the human body.  In this webinar attendees will learn about the ECT2 Ion Exchange Treatment System used to treat PFAS compounds found at fire foam contaminated sites.  The state of Michigan has also approved funding to collect and dispose of PFAS containing foam from across Michigan. The collection is a seven-month program that provides for safe disposal of more than 30,000 gallons of firefighting foam across Michigan.  Join us to learn what has been collected so far and how your community can participate in the disposal program.  Municipal and regional government officials, wastewater managers and directors, landfill owners and operators; operations and maintenance personnel, scientists, product and service providers; project managers and engineers, environmental consultants, water advocacy organizations, environmental and community groups, and anyone interested in PFAS impacts in the Great Lakes region could all benefit from participating in this webinar.


Lead and Copper Rule - Session 1 (recorded 6/2/20, 88 min) 
This training will focus on assisting community water systems required to conduct lead and copper sampling during 2020.  Session 1 of this series will include:

MAY 2020

Federal Hazardous Waste Generator Improvement Rules and Aerosol Cans as Universal Waste (recorded 5/27/20, 70 min)
EGLE is in the final process of adopting the Generator Improvement Rules (GIR) and establishing aerosol cans as universal waste.  On March 13, 2020, draft rules were submitted to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) and are expected to become effective in spring or summer 2020.  Learn about all the changes with the current rule package and what Michigan's doing with adopting the federal hazardous waste pharmaceutical rules.  The final new rules that are not yet effective are available online, and the status of the new rules is available on the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs web page.


Deep Dive into Air Permitting Webinar: Meaningful Change and Policy and Procedure AQD-025 (Recorded 5/20/2020, 80 min)
Air permit in hand and ready to go, right?  Wait!  My coating changed; do I need to submit a new permit application and update my Air Toxics Analysis?  Maybe; first you must determine if it is a meaningful change.  Listen in to hear Andy Drury and Tracey McDonald discuss the Meaningful Change Policy and Procedure, including new helpful guidance.


Responding to Environmental Emergencies - EGLE and EPA's Roles and Resources (recorded 5/11/20, 73 min)
Local officials and emergency responders should be prepared to deal with a variety of emergencies, including those that impact the public health and the environment like the green ooze, contaminated sites, abandoned hazardous materials, and natural disasters. It's important that you know how to prepare and respond quickly.  In this webinar, attendees learn how EGLE and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) coordinate and respond to assist communities during environmental emergencies.  EGLE and EPA share details about their roles, their process, and their partners, in responding to these types of events.  They also share resources and tools for planning and responding to environmental emergencies and natural disasters.


APRIL 2020

Michigan High Water Virtual Town Hall - Great Lakes Shoreline Erosion and Permitting (recorded 4/28/20)
This is the second High Water Virtual Town Hall that focused on Great Lakes shoreline erosion and permitting. Presenters/panelists included staff of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE); Dr. Guy Meadows of Michigan Technological University; Charlie Simon of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District Regulatory Office; Dan Deitz of Deitz House Moving of Muskegon; and Brian Majka of GEI Consultants in Grand Rapids. Topics included permitting processes and alternatives for homes or critical structures that are in jeopardy. The first High Water virtual Town Hall covered a broad spectrum of high water impacts around the state. A recording of the event can be found at


Hazardous Waste and Liquid Industrial By-products Accumulation, Labeling, and Shipping (recorded 4/16/20, 73 min)
In this webinar, attendees will learn about the accumulation, labeling, and shipping requirements that apply to the management of hazardous waste and liquid industrial by-products at very small quantity generators, small quantity generators and large quantity generators of hazardous waste.


Waste Characterization and Hazardous Waste Generator Status (recorded 4/2/20, 88 min)
In this webinar attendees will learn the basic steps for determining if a waste is a hazardous waste, liquid industrial by-product, or non-hazardous solid waste and how to calculate your site's hazardous waste generator status.  These concepts are vital to understanding how to properly manage and dispose of waste.  It's vital because the hazardous waste regulations require each business at each site to evaluate the character and composition of their waste and determine the total weight of all hazardous waste generated each month.  Until this information is known, you don't know the legal disposal options for  the waste.


MARCH 2020


Michigan High Water Virtual Town Hall (recorded March 26, 2020)


Waste 101 (recorded 3/25/20, 65 min)
In this webinar attendees learn the basics about the various types of waste, what regulations apply, to whom and who implements the enforcement program. Attendees will come away with a big picture perspective of how the waste regulations work and what common wastes fall into the various regulations out there, including those that overlap. The webinar covers hazardous waste, liquid industrial by-products, solid waste, PCB waste, medical waste, radiological waste and will touch on recycling.


Michigan's Lake Erie Adaptive Management Plan Public Webinar (Recorded 3/19/2020, 60 min)
In this webinar EGLE and MDARD staff highlight what the Domestic Action Plan and Adaptive Management are and how they will be used by state to take action and track progress. This is opportunity for stakeholders or anyone who wants to know what Michigan is doing to reduce nutrient loading to Lake Erie.



Air Dispersion Modeling & Policy and Procedure AQD-022 (Recorded 2/20/2020, 60 min)
What does air modeling have to do with it?  When we're talking about your air permit application, it could mean everything.  Tune in to this webinar and hear Permit Section Manager Annette Switzer discuss the air dispersion modeling Policy and Procedure and provide some clarification about when you need to model.  Meteorologist Jim Haywood will also be available to answer some of the tough "how to" questions, after you determine that modeling is necessary.  During his discussion we will also provide information about the recent revisions to Appendix W and what that means when putting together your application.



Applying for FY20 Nonpoint Source Program Watershed Planning Funding (recorded 1/23/20, 54 min)
EGLE Nonpoint Source (NPS) staff explain the FY 2020 NPS Program funding for watershed planning projects. NPS staff discuss the grant application schedule, program priorities, eligibility criteria, application requirements, tips for successful applications, and they will also answer your questions. This webinar is intended for watershed groups, conservation organizations, municipal environmental coordinators, drain commissioners and others interested in applying for a nonpoint source grant to restore and protect watersheds through planning.


Recycling Quality Improvement Grant Opportunity - Informational Webinar (recorded 1/16/20, 61 min)
The purpose of this webinar is to inform stakeholders about this grant opportunity. Details will be provided by staff from The Recycling Partnership and there will be time for questions. The grant requests for proposal (RFP) will be released on Jan. 6, 2020 and applications are due Feb. 28, 2020. Any Michigan community or regional authority representing a group of communities currently operating a curbside and/or drop-off recycling program is eligible for up to $150,000 per grant application. More information is available at


Michigan Clean Diesel Program Part 2: Guidelines for Application (recorded 1/7/2020, 60min)
This webinar will review the application guidelines for eligible diesel vehicles, engines and equipment: Transit and School Buses, Class 5 - Class 8 heavy-duty highway vehicles, marine engines, locomotives and nonroad engines, equipment or vehicles used in construction, handling of cargo (including at a port or airport). Anyone interested in applying for funds is encouraged to participate along with those who will be responsible for project management.






Drinking Water - Lead and Copper Update (recorded 12/17/19, 60 min)
EGLE's Lead and Copper Unit provides a brief overview of the lead and copper sampling so far in 2019, give some reminders on upcoming deadlines, and plug trainings that will be available in 2020. Questions from attendees are also answered. This webinar is intended for municipal officials, drinking water operators, and anyone else interested in getting an update on the implementation status of the lead and copper regulations.

Michigan Clean Diesel Program Part 1: Funds for New School Buses and Associated Air Quality Benefits (recorded 12/3/19, 63 min)
This webinar is for K-12 School Administrators, Transportation and Maintenance Directors, and others interested in learning about the health, environmental, and financial benefits of propane school buses. The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is promoting the use of cleaner technologies by providing grants up to 35% of the cost of new propane public school buses through the Michigan Clean Diesel Program. Learn about this funding opportunity and why over 850 school districts across the country have already made the switch.



Waste Gone Wild! - Dealing with Nuisance Waste Sites and Illegal Dumping in Your Community (recorded 11/19/19, 70 min)
Hidden dump piles, trash strewn property, abandoned buildings filled with junk - Local leaders make discoveries like these in their communities all the time. Recycling efforts that start out with good intentions and get out of hand with flat markets and poor planning are usually to blame; however local officials are often left to clean up the mess. Local leaders will want to join this webinar to learn about how to recognize and address waste gone wild situations in your community and the tools that are available to help. Attendees will hear about recycling efforts gone wild for materials like shingles, scrap tires, electronic and other recyclable commodities, as well as how to address nuisance dumping situations.


Deviation, semi-annual, annual and other ROP related reports  (recorded 11/13/19, 60 min)
A large part of the ROP process is completing and submitting complete and timely reports. Even experienced users may be challenged to always submit complete and timely reports. These reports can be cumbersome and to ensure that your responsible official is certifying accurate data, much work needs to be done. AQD will discuss the proper way to fill out and complete these reports as well as discussing information that should not be overlooked and other additional things that require reporting. 


Engaging EGLE on Great Lakes Shoreline Erosion (recorded 11/12/19, 69 min)
Due to higher water levels in the Great Lakes, Michigan's shoreline communities and residents are experiencing an increase in shoreline erosion. This webinar is an opportunity for local officials to learn more about EGLE's response to Great Lakes shoreline erosion, the basic rules and processes for obtaining permits for shoreline protection projects, efforts EGLE is taking to expedite permits, and how you and your constituents can communicate and partner most effectively with us. The webinar includes a short presentation followed by time for questions from attendees.




How Drinking Water Systems Work and How EGLE Regulates Them (recorded 10/23/19, 58 min)
Do you know where your community's drinking water comes from and how it safely gets to where it needs to go? It can vary from house-to-house or from your downtown to the outskirts. Providing drinking water to residents and businesses in your community is a vital function of local government. It's important for local leaders to have an understanding of their community's drinking water infrastructure and how it's regulated. In this webinar, EGLE's Drinking Water and Environmental Health Director explains the basics of how a community drinking water system works and the regulations that affect your drinking water system. It includes information on recent regulatory changes and how they will affect your community.


What if it's not in the PTI, but I need it in the ROP? (recorded 10/23/19, 47 min)
In addition to Compliance Assurance Monitoring, there may be other State and Federal applicable requirements needing to be included in your ROP not included in your original Permit to Install. In this webinar we will discuss exempt emission units, consent orders/judgments, and updated MACT/NESHAP requirements (including area source MACTs). ADQ staff will also show examples of how to integrate these applicable requirements into your ROP.




Uncovering the Business Opportunity in your Waste and By-Product Materials (recorded 9/25/19, 58 min)
In this webinar we dive into the Michigan Materials Marketplace - a new program to connect Michigan businesses to develop and scale new reuse and recycling market opportunities. Manufacturers are using the Marketplace to source materials and find new solutions for challenging wastes and by-products, recycling companies are uncovering new customers and end-markets, and entrepreneurs are using the program as an innovation platform to build new reuse and recycling businesses. Attendees learn how to get engaged and hear an update from EGLE on the latest progress to grow recycling markets in Michigan. We  discuss materials and process trends, how-to post listings and tips on marketing materials for success, and how-to interact with other businesses through the Marketplace program. Your registration will also include an invitation to join the Marketplace.


What Local Leaders Need to Know about the State's Burning Regulations (recorded 9/24/19, 62 min)
Burning regulations can be confusing! Local officials around the state often deal with questions and complaints from residents related to fire pits, leaf and trash burning, and outdoor wood-fired boilers. EGLE has multiple regulations dealing with what can and cannot be burned, as well as who can and cannot burn. Additionally, there are several state agencies who work together to handle burning complaints, but these agencies do not handle enforcement of all burning rules. For instance, outdoor wood burners and residential trash burning issues are handled by the local municipality.




What Local Leaders should know about Water Resource Protection - wetlands, docks, seawalls, and more! (recorded 8/29/19, 68 min)

Many activities at or near a waterbody --  like a stream, lake, or wetland -- require a permit from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE). Residents who plan to alter a wetland, modify a shoreline, build a dock or seawall, construct a ditch/culvert, or other similar activity should be aware of the restrictions and permit requirements associated with those activities BEFORE they begin. It's important that local leaders are familiar with these regulations as these are common questions that come up in community forums, board and planning meetings, and one-on-one conversations with residents. This webinar will provide an overview of the requirements associated with construction/modifications near or at a lake, stream, wetland or other waterbody in Michigan and the opportunities for local protection. Local leaders will learn what the requirements are and be provided with resources and tools to help communities protect our water resources.



JULY 2019

Odors and Dust: How to deal with issues in your community (recorded 7/31/19, 59 min)
​Odor and dust complaints are the most frequently received complaints EGLE Air Quality Division receives. There are state regulations dealing with dust and nuisance odors, but what should you do if you or your community is having issues with either of these? This webinar will detail what requirements the state has for facilities in your community with dust or odor issues. An Air Quality inspector will discuss what to do if you get a complaint from your community regarding dust and odors and your local ordinances do not address the problem. You will also learn when to ask your district office for help.


Working with AQD during the application process - Best Management Practices for renewal ROP applications (recorded 7/31/19, 62 min)
AQD has made great strides in simplifying the renewal process, however things do continue to change, and things are probably be done differently than the last time you renewed. In this webinar AQD staff go over best management practices for a complete application, as well as talking about things like, what can and cannot be changed during the renewal process.


Applying for Nonpoint Source Grants Webinar (recorded 7/23/19, 38 min)
EGLE Nonpoint Source (NPS) staff explain the FY 2020 NPS Program funding for watershed implementation projects. NPS staff discuss the grant application process, program priorities, eligibility criteria, and tips for successful applications. This webinar is intended for watershed groups, conservation organizations, municipal environmental coordinators, drain commissioners and others interested in applying for a nonpoint source grant to restore and protect watersheds through implementation of approved watershed plans.



JUNE 2019

Initial ROP Applications: What is needed and working with AQD (recorded 6/26/19, 60 min)    
Initial ROP applications can be daunting! Applying for an initial ROP is very different from renewing one. This webinar will walk you through what is needed to submit a complete application as well as point you to tools you can use to save time and frustration.


Septic Systems- Is Your Community SepticSmart? (recorded 6/13/19, 70 min.)
In Michigan, more than 1.3 million onsite wastewater treatment systems (a.k.a. septic systems) are used to treat wastewater. These systems include residential, commercial, and community systems. It is important that septic systems in your community are maintained to protect the health of your residents and the environment. If not maintained, they can contaminate groundwater and harm the environment by releasing bacteria, viruses, and other contaminants into local waterways. View this webinar to learn about - what a septic system is and how it functions; how to properly maintain a septic system; how septic systems are regulated across the state; how certain land developments proposed to be served by septic systems follow a specific review and approval process; and what you as a local leader can do to help your community become SepticSmart.


MAY 2019

Managing Contaminated Sites in Your Community! Your Guide to Liability, Redevelopment, and Financial Assistance  (recorded 5/29/19, 51 min)
Contaminated properties exist in almost all communities in Michigan. It's important that local officials are aware of how contaminated sites are regulated by EGLE in order to keep residents safe and know their options for future redevelopment opportunities. This webinar is intended to provide the basics of environmental clean-up regulations and is tailored for local government leaders without a legal or technical background. Staff from EGLE's Remediation and Redevelopment Division will provide an overview of liability, due care, land and resource use restrictions, and how to tap into Brownfield funding. 


Updates to the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) and Groundwater Permit Application Forms in MiWaters (recorded 5/2/19, 55 min)This webinar highlights the new Correction Request feature which allows staff to provide specific feedback on questions within the application form directly to the applicant. This feature also allows the applicant to respond to those specific questions/comments within MiWaters. The webinar includes a demonstration of how applicants respond to the Correction Requests and resubmit a revised application. Additionally, the webinar goes over application submittal in MiWaters.


APRIL 2019

How Does the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Regulate Businesses in Your Community? (recorded 4/30/19, 60 min)
Local officials wear a lot of hats and may not be familiar with the many environmental regulations that affect businesses in their community. EGLE (formerly DEQ) regulates sources of air pollution, waste handling, wastewater and storm water discharges, and more. To ensure human health and the environment is protected, ELGE inspection staff regularly visit businesses to ensure they are meeting the environmental regulations that apply to their operations. In this webinar, we will provide an overview of the many regulations that affect both large and small businesses in your community. We will also have a panel of environmental specialists from the EGLE available to answer your questions. If you'd like to get a good overview of environmental regulations or have had questions but didn't know who to ask, this is the session for you!


MARCH 2019

Marihuana Production and Processing Operations - Environmental Regulations and Concerns (recorded 3/26/19, 68 min)
With the legalization of recreational marihuana in Michigan, local leaders are faced with managing environmental concerns from the growing and processing of marihuana. The MDEQ created a Marihuana Workgroup to evaluate the environmental risks posed by marihuana growing and processing as well as to assess the applicability of existing environmental regulations to this budding industry. Marihuana is known to have impacts on all environmental media including odors, water discharges, land use restrictions, and pesticide and herbicide use that falls out of agricultural regulations. All of these challenges can cause community concerns and complaints. View this webinar to learn how your governing agency can manage recreational marihuana impacts in your community.


Intro to the New Digital Joint Permit Application (JPA) in MiWaters (recorded 3/5/19, 93 min)
This webinar introduces the new Joint Permit Application (JPA) as a fully electronic application in MiWaters, which covers activities involving: Wetlands, Floodplains, Marinas, Dams, Inland Lakes and Streams, Great Lakes Bottom Lands, Critical Dunes, and High Risk Erosion Areas. The webinar walks applicants through finding the application, answering the required questions, uploading required attachments, and checking on the status of an application.

The webinar will be of interest to individuals that will need to apply for a permit related to activities covered under the MDEQ/USACE "Joint Permit Application" (JPA), including activities pursuant to state and federal rules and regulations for construction activities where the land meets the water including wetlands, often referred to as the land/water interface. Environmental consultants, shoreline contractors, builders, drain commissioners, agricultural entities, forestry operations, utilities construction and maintenance, and other environmental professionals will also find this webinar of interest.




PFAS - What local leaders should know about PFAS contamination in Michigan (recorded 2/21/19, 64 min)
This is the first webinar in the Local Leaders Webinar Series.  Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large group of manmade chemicals that are resistant to heat, water, and oil.  For decades, they have been used in many industrial applications and consumer products such as carpeting, waterproof clothing, upholstery, food paper wrappings, personal care products, fire-fighting foams, and metal plating. PFAS have been found at low levels both in the environment and in blood samples of the general U.S. population.  The DEQ began a statewide initiative to test drinking water from all schools that use well water and community water supplies for PFAS. The DEQ took this precautionary step of testing these drinking water sources to determine if public health actions are needed.  Local officials and community leaders may have questions about how to prepare, respond, and address questions from residents. In this webinar, DEQ staff will provide an overview of what PFAS is, what the DEQ is doing about it, and what local leaders need to know.



VW State Mitigation Trust School Bus Replacement Grants Webinar (recorded 1/10/19, 64 min.)
As part of the new Fuel Transformation Program, supported with Volkswagen settlement funds, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is offering its first grant opportunity to replace old diesel school buses with new diesel, propane, compressed natural gas, hybrid and electric buses. This statewide grant opportunity is open to a broad spectrum of entities including but not limited to those with non-government owned, government owned and privately owned school buses under contract with a public-school district. The webinar reviews requirements of the School Bus Replacement Grants and explains how to submit a complete application. All entities interested in applying for these funds will benefit from this webinar and are encouraged to participate.









Volkswagen Settlement - Michigan Beneficiary Mitigation Plan Informational Webinar (recorded 11/5/18, 64 min.)
Representatives from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Agency for Energy provide information about Michigan's Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP). The BMP outlines how Michigan plans to spend $64.8M that it has been allocated as a result of the Volkswagen Settlement. The webinar reviews the details of Michigan's BMP and provided an opportunity for questions and answers.





Submitting a Sanitary Sewer Overflow/Combined Sewer Overflow Discharge Report in MiWaters (recorded 10/24/18)
In this webinar MDEQ staff demonstrate how to submit a sanitary sewer overflow or combined sewer overflow discharge report electronically through the MiWaters system. The webinar covers the requirements for accessing the MiWaters system, how to fill out the report of discharge form electronically within MiWaters, and what is required to submit a discharge report.


Submitting Part 41 Sewer Construction Permit Applications in MiWaters (recorded 10/15/18)
In this webinar DEQ staff provide a step by step explanation of how to submit a Part 41 Sewer Construction Permit Application electronically through the MiWaters system. The webinar covers the requirements for accessing the MiWaters system, how to find the Part 41 Sewer Construction Permit Application in MiWaters, how to fill out the application form electronically within MiWaters, and what is required to submit the permit application.





MI School Drinking Water Training Program: Get the Water Moving and Best Management Practices (recorded 9/19/18, 58 min)
School water often remains motionless in the plumbing system for extended periods of time during summer, winter and spring breaks or after a long weekend. Stagnant and low flow water may be a cause of the release of lead and copper or the growth of bacteria in a school plumbing system. Since children are vulnerable to the health risks associated with exposure to these contaminants in drinking water, it is critical to keep the water moving throughout the year. There are also potential breeches to the plumbing system in schools and the proper operation and maintenance of it is important to ensure its integrity. This webinar, part 4 in our series, will provides guidance on best water management practices and flushing protocols to reduce the risk of bacteria, lead and/or copper contamination to your drinking water system and protect the health of student and staff. 


Michigan's Drinking Water Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) - What Drinking Water Owners and Operators Need to Know (recorded 9/6/18, 60 min)
During this webinar MDEQ staff provide an overview of the newly promulgated Lead and Copper Rule of Michigan's Safe Drinking Water Act. The webinar provides information about what drinking water system owners and operators need to know about the rule and it's requirements, best management practices, and assistance resources.


MI School Drinking Water Training Program: How to Sample Your School's Drinking Water for Coliform Bacteria, Lead and Copper (recorded 8/28/18, 60 min)
Children are vulnerable to the health risks associated with exposure to contaminants that may come from drinking water. Although barriers are put in place to keep water in school buildings safe for drinking, things or events may happen to break one or more of those barriers down, potentially leading to water contamination. One way of knowing if a barrier is broken is through water sampling. This webinar, part 3 in our series, will help you understand why sampling water for coliform bacteria, lead and copper is important and guide you to proper sampling techniques for reliable results and the protection of the health of student and staff.


MI School Drinking Water Training Program: Know Your Plumbing System and Develop an Investigative Drinking Water Sampling Plan (recorded 8/21/18, 64 min)
Quality drinking water in school buildings is essential for the health and productivity of students and staff. Conducting a survey of your school's plumbing is an essential part of an overall program to identify high risk areas for bacteria, lead and copper in your drinking water. This webinar, part 2 in our series, provides guidance on identifying drinking water plumbing in your buildings for the development of a plumbing profile and a water sampling plan.



JULY 2018

Introduction to the Michigan School Water Training Program (recorded 7/25/18, 65 min)

School building plumbing has the potential to introduce or harbor contaminants, therefore, it is critical to ensure proper operation and maintenance of the school water system. With funding available through the Michigan Department of Education, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is providing information and guidance on best management practices (BMPs) for drinking water in schools to protect the health of students and staff. This webinar provides an overview of the Michigan School Water Training Program, the basics of drinking water quality, how a school can begin a drinking water system program, how BMP's may reduce costs, workloads and complaints, and the outlook on drinking water quality inside a school. This is part one in a series of webinars on BMPs for a school drinking water system.   This webinar will be of interest to school facility directors and superintendents as well as principals, custodial staff, school board members, and water system operators.



MAY 2018


Drinking Water - Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) Basics (recorded 5/22/18, 53 min)
This webinar provides Drinking Water Operators with an overview of the CCR Rule, which applies to all Community Drinking Water Systems in Michigan. Specifically, the focus will be on summarizing the data and language requirements set by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Common violations, best practices, and direct delivery options are also discussed during this training. Attendees should expect to leave with a greater understanding of how their water systems can stay in compliance with the CCR rule.


Michigan Transport, Manifesting and New E-Manifesting Regulations (recorded 5/16/18, 89 min)
Businesses that generate hazardous waste and liquid industrial byproducts need to know the requirements they must meet when shipping waste off-site for recycling or disposal. In this webinar attendees will learn about:


  • Michigan specific regulations requiring hazardous waste and liquid industrial by-products transporters to be permitted and registered by the DEQ;
  • the hazardous waste manifest process, requirements, and common violations;
  • the liquid industrial by-products shipping document process, requirements, and common violations; and
  • the NEW e-Manifest process, including Michigan specific details, for U.S. EPA's deployment of the system on June 30, 2018.



APRIL 2018


Industrial Pretreatment Program PFAS Initiative (recorded 4/11/18, 61 min)
The DEQ held this webinar for Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) professionals to discuss the technical aspects of the IPP PFAS Initiative, including a description of expectations for the initial screening, monitoring plans, probable source monitoring, and evaluation, as well as information about sampling and analysis protocol and source reduction.



MARCH 2018

Liquid Industrial By-products Reporting Webinar (recorded 3/6/18, 83 min)
Does your facility accept liquid industrial by-products from off-site? If so, due to statutory changes that took effect in March 2016, you must annually report this activity to the DEQ, Waste Management and Radiological Protection Division by April 30th for the previous calendar year. Only sites that accept liquid industrial by-product from one site owned and operated by the same company are typically excluded from annual reporting. Some wastewaters, when regulated under other regulations, may also be excluded. View this webinar to learn more about the liquid industrial by-products designated facility handling and reporting requirements.




Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - how will they impact your business? (recorded 2/22/18, 61 min)
With 193 governments agreeing to deliver 17 goals tackling major world issues by 2030, change lies ahead for business, not only to rethink strategy and business behavior to align with the goals, but also to assess and evidence their impact. In this webinar attendees learn more about - Current business communication on the SDGs; Business and citizen's priorities on SDG reporting practices ; and PwC's support with the UN Global Compact, the world's largest corporate sustainability initiative, and GRI, the world's leading organization for sustainability reporting, to create a mechanism to help businesses prioritize and report on the SDGs. Presenter:  Jessica Gehl, Manager, Sustainability Services and Risk Management at PwC is a Manager in PwC's Sustainability Services practice.


Completing the new IPP Annual Report form in MiWaters (recorded 2/12/18, 31 min)
This webinar provides a demonstration of how to complete the new Industrial Pretreatment Program (IPP) Annual Report form in MiWaters with a time for questions at the end. The webinar is designed for Industrial Pretreatment Program managers or anyone responsible for working on the IPP Annual report for their Publicly Owned Treatment Works.




Radon Awareness for Healthcare Providers and their Patients (live webinar recorded 1/16/18, 59 min)
There are ways to prevent certain types of cancer. Being aware of cancer risk factors allows patients to make informed decisions about their health and take action to prevent the disease. Radon is the second leading cause of unintentional lung cancer deaths in the United States, however its rarely discussed in clinical settings. Join the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Cancer Control and Prevention Section and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality for a presentation on recommendations around radon testing, and ways to encourage the dialogue about radon exposure between patients and physicians. During this webinar, participants will learn about Radon (what it is, what it does, and how it gets into homes); how to test for radon; radon mitigation practices,  and the relationship between radon exposure and lung cancer.

Proposed Part 201 Rules: Calculating the Generic Screening Levels & Criteria for the Volatilization to Indoor Air Pathway (VIAP) (recorded 1/10/18, 60 min)
The goal of the webinar is to explain and demonstrate how the VIAP calculator implements the rules and how it can be used to generate generic criteria and screening levels using facility-specific inputs. The webinar will show example calculations and discuss the MDEQ's calculator logic and design.







Can the Green Chemistry Enterprise Connect with Social and Environmental Justice? (recorded 10/19/17)
Green Chemistry is the science of making smart choices in how we design, make, use and dispose of chemicals and chemical products. However, chemists also need to be aware of the potential unintended consequences of hazardous chemicals that may disproportionally impact children and adults in low income, minority neighborhoods. This violates our definition of social and environmental justice where all people, regardless of race or economic status, have the right to live, work, play and learn in healthy, safe environments. The goal of this webinar is to explore some of these disparities, and discuss opportunities for collaboration between the social sciences and the green chemistry enterprise to better educate the public on the role of chemicals in their daily lives, and understand how the field of green chemistry might offer practical solutions to these disparities.


Water Quality Monitoring Requests - Background on the Process and How to Submit a Request (recorded 10/10/17, 42 min)
This webinar focuses on the process through which people can submit requests to have Michigan DEQ Water Resources Division (WRD) consider conducting various types of water quality related monitoring in a particular water body (e.g., stream, river, pond, lake). 



High Risk Erosion Area Updates for KEWEENAW County (recorded 8/1/17)

High Risk Erosion Area Update for BARAGA County (recorded 8/1/17)



JULY 2017

Policy and Law Changes Recommended to Increase Recycling and Sustainability in Michigan (recorded 7/12/17, 61 min)
In this webinar, attendees learn about the Solid Waste and Sustainability Advisory Panel's (SWSAP's) and the Governor's Recycling Council's (GRC's) recommendations. Specifically, the webinar covers their recommendations for 1) a holistic infrastructure system for managing materials more sustainably, 2) revitalizing the solid waste law, 3) developing actionable steps to achieve Governor's recycling goal, and 4) options for broad-based, long-term public and private funding to achieve the recommendations.


JUNE 2017

Cranking Up Recycling: New research, free communications tools from The Recycling Partnership (recorded 6/27/17, 68 min)
Among the many insights gained in the 2016 State of Curbside Report, it is crystal clear that every high performing recycling program in America is run by an engaged staff. What do they do, and what tools can you use to join them? The Recycling Partnership presents key findings from recent national research, share approaches for developing common suites of materials across MRF-sheds, and walk through communications BMPS and free tools. 


Sustainability Series: Life Cycle Assessments (recorded 6/22/17, 57 min)
In this webinar, Rich Helling, Director of Sustainable Chemistry at the Dow Chemical Company, provides information about Life Cycle Assessments (LCA), including the value proposition of LCA and the first steps to incorporate LCA into your business. The LCA process assesses the potential environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product's life, and it can be used to help critique product designs and production operations.


Part 111 Hazardous Waste Management, Rule Changes Webinar (recorded 6/20/17, 60 min)
In this webinar, attendees will learn about the newly promulgated hazardous waste rule changes that went into effect on April 5, 2017. This webinar will provide attendees with an overview of the more notable changes associated with this rule package including Michigan's adoption of 1) the federal disposable solvent wipes rule 2) the federal definition of solid waste changes establishing hazardous secondary materials for certain hazardous waste recycling activities 3) the federal legitimacy criteria for hazardous waste recycling 4) the federal coal combustion residue regulations 5) the federal carbon dioxide injection regulations and 6) the federal framework for electronic manifesting.


MAY 2017

Sustainability Series: The Ins and Outs of B Corps (recorded 5/25/17)
Many businesses are pursuing objectives beyond profit maximization, and as a result, new types of business organizations are becoming more popular. "B Corps" and "Benefit Corporations" both focus on using business for good, but there are some important differences between them. Join us for a discussion with Elissa Hillary from Local First, to learn more about B-Corps and Benefit Corporations, the current legal status of Benefit Corporations in Michigan, how becoming a B-Corp can help advance your sustainability goals, and some actionable steps that you can take now.


Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator and Liquid Industrial By-product Generator Requirements (recorded 5/18/17, 90 min)
In this webinar, attendees learn what a generator must do to meet the conditionally exempt small quantity generator (CESQG) exemption from full regulation as a hazardous waste. Attendees also learn how exempted CESQG hazardous waste liquids and liquid industrial by-product must be managed to meet the state's unique liquid industrial by-product regulations.


APRIL 2017

Air Permit Exemption -Rule 285 and Meaningful Change (recorded 4/24/17, 66 min)
One of the most confusing parts of properly continuing to use a Rule 201 air permit exemption is what to do when the process or equipment undergoes a minor change to the materials being used. In order to determine whether or not these changes trigger the need for an air permit, a meaningful change determination should be completed. This webinar will give valuable information and tools regarding how to complete this determination and what the update to Rule 285 and the "meaningful change" definition entails.


The Business Rationale of the Circular Economy (recorded 4/20/17, 54 min)
A circular economy is one that is restorative and regenerative by design and aims to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times. This new economic model seeks to ultimately decouple global economic development from finite resource consumption. The circular economy could create tremendous opportunities for industrial renewal, regeneration, and innovation. In this session we'll deep dive on the business rationale of the circular economy; what are the drivers for change, concrete business opportunities and what does circular economy look like when applied in the real world. The format will be interactive with room for exercises, questions and discussions.


Hazardous Waste and Liquid Industrial By-Product Inspections and Recordkeeping (recorded 4/18/17, 67 min)
In this webinar, attendees learn about what to expect for an inspection and the specific records an inspector will want to see. It covers records that need to be maintained (e.g. waste characterizations, monthly waste inventory, uniform manifests, land disposal restriction notifications, etc.) and provides an overview of what happens when an inspector comes to your facility.


The Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Project: Overview, Preliminary Results, and Online Web Access (recorded 4/14/17, 68 min)
This informational webinar provides coastal land resource managers, state and federal agencies, tribal governments, watershed groups, conservation organizations, CISMAs, researchers, and other wetland professionals an opportunity to learn more about the Great Lakes Coastal Wetland Monitoring Project. A new website which provides an interactive GIS mapping tool, information on when and where sites have been sampled, and preliminary condition rankings is also introduced


Air Permit Exemptions - Rule 290 and Rule 291 (recorded 4/10/17, 58 min)
This webinar focuses on the Rule 290 and Rule 291 air permit exemptions. These exemptions are used by many businesses to exempt activities with limited emissions. Both of these permit exemptions require that actual or potential emissions be evaluated in a specific manner. This webinar focuses on the Rule 290 changes as well as an explanation of Rule 291, which is a new exemption. Tools have been developed to aid in the evaluation of these permit exemptions. Information regarding where to find these tools will also be addressed.


MARCH 2017

Rebuilding Customer Trust with Stronger Sustainability Communication (recorded 3/30/17, 60 min)
In this webinar, Mike Hower, a GreenBiz blogger and current communications strategist at Edelman, discusses how companies can formulate effective strategies for engaging customers and local communities on sustainability - and how this can generate shared value that rebuilds trust while benefiting the bottom line.


Overview of the Air Quality Air Permit Exemption Changes (recorded 3/27/17, 63 min)
In December 2016 the Air Quality Division's Rule 201 permit exemptions were updated. These updates included additions and changes to many of the rules contained in Rule 278 - Rule 290, including the addition of several new permitting exemptions, such as the addition of Rule 291. This webinar provides an overview of the changes to the air permit exemptions and provides valuable information to anyone evaluating existing or new equipment that may need an air quality permit.


Statewide E. coli TMDL - Info for Industrial Stormwater Permittees (recorded 3/3/17, 48 min)
This webinar provides the basics of the Draft Statewide E. coli Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) with a focus on Industrial Stormwater issues such as current permit requirements where an approved TMDL is in effect. There is a demonstration of the online mapping system which will bring local perspective and information to this statewide process. This webinar is intended primarily for NPDES permittees with industrial storm water permits, although could also be of interest to watershed groups, municipalities, and local agencies.





Toxics Use Reduction - Using Planning Techniques to Improve Efficiency and Promote a Safer Work Environment (recorded 2/16/17, 67 min)
In the past 25 years Massachusetts companies that use large quantities of toxic chemicals in their production processes have reduced their use by over 40%, and emissions to the environment by over 90%, by employing specific planning techniques for identifying opportunities to improve efficiency and minimize chemical hazards in their work places. Mark Myles and Pam Eliason, both with the UMASS Lowell Toxic Use Reduction Institute, provide examples of how these techniques have been effectively applied to both chemical and resource use.


Draft Statewide E. coli TMDL - Overview and Mapping System Demonstration (recorded 2/16/17, 61 min)
This webinar covers the basics of the draft Statewide E. coli Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), including a demonstration of the online mapping system which will bring local perspective and information to this statewide process. This webinar briefly covers each point and non-point source of E. coli, but does not go in depth into nonpoint source issues or storm water permit requirements.


Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Request for Information Question and Answer Webinar (recorded 2/22/17, 48 min)
Join this webinar to better understand the VW Environmental Mitigation Trust Request for Information comment submission process and to get your questions answered.


Statewide E. coli TMDL -Nonpoint Sources (recorded 2/23/17, 60 min)
This webinar focuses on nonpoint sources of E. coli, discusses watershed management planning, and provides guidance on using the Draft Statewide E. coli Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) and associated tools to address issues. There will be a demonstration of the online mapping system which will bring local perspective and information to this statewide process. This webinar is intended primarily for watershed groups, the agricultural community, municipalities, and local/state agencies with an interest in watershed planning.


Used Oil Regulations (recorded 2/23/17, 62 min)
In this webinar attendees learn about how used oil is unique and characterized slightly differently than other wastes due to it historically being common to mixing other toxic solvents with the used oil. It discusses the management standards that apply to managing used oil, how to find recycling options, and the basic waste requirements for handling used oil.


Statewide E. coli TMDL - Info for MS4 Permittees (recorded 2/28/17, 59 min)
This webinar provides the basics of the Statewide E. coli Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) with a focus on urban E. coli pollution issues to municipal storm water systems, such as illicit connections, nuisance wildlife, pets, etc. There is a discussion of how the TMDL relates to municipal storm water permits (MS4s), and a demonstration of the online mapping system. This webinar is intended primarily for NPDES permittees with MS4 permits, although it could also be of interest to any watershed groups, municipalities, and local agencies with urban land area.





Triple Bottom Line - DEQ Sustainability Series Webinar (recorded 1/12/17, 66 min)
Triple Bottom Line (TBL) is an accounting framework with three parts: social, environmental and financial. Many organizations have adopted the TBL framework to evaluate their performance in a broader perspective to create greater business value.  Dr. Steven Dunn provides a presentation on TBL, how your company can get started implementing a TBL framework and how you can improve your existing system. Dr. Dunn teaches in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's innovative Sustainability Management Minor and serves as Chair of the Finance and Business Law Department in the College of Business.







2016 Webinars




Radon in Real Estate (recorded 12/21/16, 68 min)
In this webinar attendees learn the origins of radon, health effects, and how it travels/enters into a structure. This webinar also provided information on how to test for radon, interpretation of testing results, radon mitigation systems within existing structures. This webinar is intended for REALTORS®, home inspectors, real-estate appraisers, and others interested in radon and real-estate transactions.



Green Infrastructure for Businesses: What it is, why you should consider it, and how to pay for it (recorded 11/22/16, 60 min)
Green infrastructure is a cost-effective way to manage storm water, improve water quality, while being beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, when it is professionally designed and correctly located. Utilizing green infrastructure is increasing across the country due to its significant socio-economic-environmental benefits, as well as its emerging relevance in regulatory compliance.  Sanjiv Sinha, Ph.D., P.E. ,and Rob Pettit with Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. (ECT) joined the MDEQ as presenters for this webinar.



International Standards - Environmental Management & Sustainability - DEQ Sustainability Series Webinar (recorded 10/20/16, 66 min)
Sustainability is a key component of the new International Standard for Environmental Management System (ISO 14001:2015). In order to achieve true sustainability, all three pillars of sustainability - economic, social, and environmental - must be balanced in equal harmony. Adherence to ISO 14001:2015 is critical to balancing the environmental pillar. This webinar focuses on how your organization can become more sustainable using ISO 14001:2015 and other environmental standards, including forestry certification, climate change initiatives, greenhouse gas validation, and electronic waste certification. Emerging trends associated with water sustainability and supply chain are also discussed in this webinar, in relation to balancing the three pillars. Speakers from NSF International join MDEQ for this webinar. NSF International has its global headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan.


Sorting Recycling Facts & Fiction - Waste Management & Regulations Webinar Series (recorded 10/18/16, 63 min)
In this webinar attendees learn the basics about recycling. Why does it cost money to recycle? What are the impacts of putting the wrong items in the recycling bin? What should you know about contracting with a recycling provider? Staff from the DEQ Recycling Program answer common recycling questions and discuss issues to consider when starting or enhancing a recycling program in your community, business, or institution.


Michigan's New ReTRAC & Recycling Search System (Recorded 10/11/16, 40 min)
In this webinar attendees will receive an overview of the new Part 175 Recycle Reporting law. DEQ staff will outline who is required to register and identify the reporting requirements under the law.  The webinar will also highlight the functionality of the new Re-TRAC Reporting system for Part 175 and the Recycle Search system. The Recycle Search system is an on-line directory that aims to assist residents and community members with finding a location to recycle any of a wide variety of items.  Companies and non-profits that provide recycling services will learn how to register and sign up with the Recycle Search system to help them promote the recycling or takeback services that they offer. There will be a Q & A session to field questions about these programs.



Engaging in Food Recovery (Recorded 9/22/16, 65 min)
Food scraps are the "final frontier" for organics recovery. Food is the most water, labor and nutrient intensive of the wastes we produce. And not all food that is wasted is unfit for a plate. Food recovery should come first. After that, diversion from landfills, then identifying the best options to recover what value we can from what we worked so hard to grow. Learn how your business or organization can avoid wasting this valuable resource. This webinar is geared towards any business or institution that generates food waste in a kitchen or cafeteria or through food processing, as well as anyone interested in learning more about food waste recovery.  Presented by Sally L. Brown, PhD, a Research Associate Professor at the University of Washington. She is a Fellow in the Soil Science Society of America, and was a member of the National Academy of Science Committee on Soils. She writes a monthly column for Biocycle magazine and a blog for the Huffington Post.

Pharmaceutical Waste Regulations: Existing and Proposed Regulations and Strategies for Minimizing Pharm Waste in Healthcare (recorded 9/21/16, 102 min) Note: new regulations at the 30:17 mark, curing pharm waste presentation at 1:01:21 mark
In September 2015, the U.S. EPA issued proposed pharmaceutical waste regulations that propose to prohibit the sewering of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals from all healthcare providers. This webinar will cover the basics of existing and proposed regulation for managing pharmaceutical waste and ways to minimize the amount of pharmaceutical waste generated throughout healthcare.




Environmental Preferable Purchasing (Recorded 8/25/2016, 56 min)
Environmentally Preferable Purchasing (EPP) means products or services that have a lesser or reduced effect on human health and the environment when compared with competing products or services that serve the same purpose. This applies to raw materials, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, use, reuse, operation, maintenance and disposal. This webinar will provide the basics on the Economy, Energy, and Environment Program (E3), electronics benefit calculator, and tips for businesses to become lean and green through EPP. Presenter: Christina Guthrie, Lead Environmental Protection Specialist at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


JULY 2016

Introduction to Green Chemistry (Recorded 7/21/2016, 67 min)
Design for Environment (DfE) is the recognition that the environmental impacts of a product over its entire life cycle is largely determined at the design phase. DfE should form the foundation for a strong sustainability program, specifically for product stewardship. Green Chemistry, defined as a set of principles to minimize the use and generation of hazardous substances during the manufacture of product, is essentially the application of DfE at the molecular level. A central tenet of Green Chemistry is that hazard (i.e., negative impacts on human health and the environment) should be viewed as a design flaw. Green Chemistry is a transformational approach to pollution prevention that can make your business more sustainable and, when integrated into the material innovation & exploration stage of new product development, can further lead to business opportunities through innovative design of products and processes. This webinar will provide a basic primer of the principles of Green Chemistry and a discussion of how Green Chemistry can be incorporated into your sustainability strategy. Presented by Clinton S. Boyd, PhD, Principal-Green Chemistry & Sustainability for the Global Sustainability Initiatives team at Steelcase Inc.


JUNE 2016

Economic Impact Potential and Characterization of Municipal Solid Waste in Michigan (recorded 6/27/16, 62 min)
West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum WMSBF recently partnered with the DEQ to conduct a waste audit and economic analysis of the municipal solid waste stream in Michigan. The results of that initiative were recently published by WMSBF in the report titled Solid Waste Characterization and Valuation: Opportunities for Economic and Environmental Impact. Daniel Schoonmaker, Executive Director of WMSBF presents the project including the process WMSBF used to characterize the municipal solid waste stream, the findings, analysis and recommendations of the report.

Waste Reduction and Recycling - Making the Right Choices - DEQ Sustainability Series Webinar (Recorded 6/16/16, 61 min)
Recycling and waste reduction is not just about dumpster dives and weights anymore. The now "holistic approach" includes an assessment of the material stream. Programs are changing as material choices, commodity markets, goals and customer expectations are being challenged. A culture of sustainability is about the choices up front that influence the end result. How can "change" including a different way of thinking and collaborative solutions affect your recycling and waste program?

Complaints: Odors, Open burning, and Dust - Oh my! (Recorded 6/15/16, 63 min)
Have you ever called in a complaint to the AQD? The AQD receives hundreds of complaints from citizens, municipalities, and facilities every year. These complaints range in topic, but the ones that are received most often are odors, open burning and dust. The AQD strives to handle every complaint we receive in a timely and professional manner and these types of complaints are no different. After you call the Office of Environmental Assistance or the AQD what happens? This webinar will take you through the process as well as provide you a look into the investigation of AQD complaints.


MAY 2016

Optimizing Water Usage - Strategies to increase water efficiency and conservation (recorded 5/19/16, 65 min)
Water efficiency activities can be an important strategy to buffer the trend of rising utility costs and conserve our important water resources for other users and environmental services. This webinar will cover available resources to assist with auditing and retrofitting buildings to optimize water usage as well as a case study to showcase how water saving efforts can be accomplished.


Enforcement - I received a Air Quality Violation Notice. Now what? (recorded 5/18/16, 65 min)
Getting a Violation Notice and thinking about potential enforcement action can be one of the most worrisome things a facility may have to work through with Air Quality Division (AQD) staff. The purpose of this webinar is to remove some of the unknowns from the enforcement process. AQD enforcement staff will discuss why a facility may get a Violation Notice and how best to work with AQD to resolve the violations. No one wants to get a Violations Notice, but this webinar will prepare you to move forward with confidence.


Submitting Wetlands, Lakes and Streams Applications in MiWaters (recorded 5/3/16, 91 min)
This webinar demonstrates how to locate and submit a variety of forms related to wetlands, lakes, and streams permits and programs. In particular, it shows how to: create an account; find forms; submit an application or request; include required and optional attachments; pay the applicable fee; check the status of your application after it has been submitted; edit the GIS site details of your site; and other relevant functions in MiWaters. This webinar will be of interest to individuals that will need to apply for a permit related to activities covered under the MDEQ/USACE "Joint Permit Application" (JPA). The JPA package covers permit requirements pursuant to state and federal rules and regulations for construction activities where the land meets the water including wetlands, often referred to as the land/water interface. The application covers activities on or for: Wetlands, Floodplains, Marinas, Dams, Inland Lakes and Streams, Great Lakes Bottom Lands, Critical Dunes, and High Risk Erosion Areas.



APRIL 2016

Energy Audits - Who? What? When? Why? How?  (recorded 4/28/16, 48 min)
Michigan Energy Options has been serving Michigan residents for over 35 years. A large part of their role has been the development of energy audit markets in the state. This webinar will explore the reasons for energy audits, what different energy audit regimes can provide and how to choose the right energy audit for your needs. Presenters Ed Love and Scott Durrett with Michigan Energy Options.


Dust: Fugitive Dust Regulations and Fugitive Dust Plans (recorded 4/13/16, 70 min)
Air Quality Division (AQD) staff provide a broad overview of the AQD's Fugitive Dust regulations and associated requirements. This webinar provides a nice look into how AQD handles fugitive dust across the state.


MARCH 2016

Creating a Culture of Sustainability (recorded 3/17/16, 67 min)
Creating a culture of sustainability can seem like a daunting task. This webinar will offer a structure to integrate sustainability within your organization and a pathway to begin your journey towards sustainability or to further the efforts you already have in place. Topics will include integration within your business plan and vision, the importance of goals and reporting, employee engagement, and accountability. Kris Spaulding from Brewery Vivant will share their secrets to successfully implementing the triple bottom line (people, planet, profit) into their business model.


Air Monitoring: History and Rationale (recorded 3/16/16, 67 min)
Were you aware that the AQD watches emissions of certain types of air contaminants through a network of locations all over the state? This network consists of meteorological, gaseous, particle and air toxics monitors. The information gathered is used to provide the public with real-time air quality measurements, track air quality trends and to assist in the development of air pollution abatement strategies. This webinar will give a detailed look into how monitoring is done and how AQD uses the collected data. Anyone that has ever wanted to get a little more insight into this topic will want to take the time to listen in to this webinar.



Waste to By-product - Reforms to Part 121 of the Michigan Natural and Environmental Protection Act (recorded 3/1/16, 90 min)
This webinar provides attendees with an overview of the Part 121, Liquid Industrial By-product statutory changes and other conforming statutory amendments enacted under Acts 224, 225, and 226 of 2015.This webinar will be beneficial to anyone who manages non-hazardous liquid waste byproducts from a business or institution. 






Stack Testing: What is it and why is it necessary? (recorded 2/24/16, 75 min)
Sometimes emissions from certain industrial processes and/or the efficiency of process control equipment need to be verified. The way this is completed is through various types of stack testing. AQD has dedicated staff that attends and observes stack tests across the state to ensure the validity of the test being conducted. If you have ever wondered how exactly stack testing is done, or if you are interested in why stack testing may or may not be necessary - then you will definitely enjoy hearing this first hand perspective from one of our resident stack testing staff.


The Business of Sustainability - DEQ Sustainability Series Webinars (recorded 2/18/16, 65 min.)
The Business of Sustainability webinar will explore the interrelationship between stakeholder preferences, business leadership and environmental regulations and how these drivers can affect sustainable business practices. Case studies and trends will be examined to illustrate how these factors are helping to advance society toward a safer and more sustainable future through business practices.



Air Dispersion Modeling: What the heck is it? (recorded 1/20/16, 64 min)
Sometimes a permit contains an emission limit for a specific air toxic, such as formaldehyde. Have you ever wondered why this happens? There are AQD staff members that specialize in air dispersion modeling. Air dispersion modeling is a tool for predicting source impacts through computer simulations. Use of air dispersion modeling is sometimes required to demonstrate compliance with various state and federal ambient air quality standards. If you have ever wondered how this process works or why AQD implements it, then you will be interested in this webinar.




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