Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

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Department of Environmental Quality
Department overview
Formed 1995
Preceding department Department of Natural Resources and Environment[1]
Jurisdiction Michigan
Headquarters Lansing, Michigan
Annual budget $502.6 million (2015)[2]
Department executive Dan Wyant, Director[3]
Child agencies Air Quality Division
Office of Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance
Office of Environmental Assistance
Office of Oil, Gas, and Minerals
Office of the Great Lakes
Office of Waste Management and Radiological Protection
Remediation and Redevelopment Division
Water Resources Division[4]
Website www.michigan.gov/deq/

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is the agency of the state of Michigan charged with promoting wise management of the state's air, land and water resources to support a sustainable environment, healthy communities and vibrant economy. It's guiding principles are to be leaders in environmental stewardship, partners in economic development and providers of excellent customer service.[5]


In 1995, The Department of Environmental Quality was created by Executive Order No. 1995-18, which transferred environmental regulatory programs from the Department of Natural Resources to it.[6]

In 2009, Governor Jennifer Granholm moved to merge the department back into the Department of Natural Resources and take over the authority to appoint the reunited department's director, instead of leaving it to the Natural Resources Commission. The state Senate passed a resolution to stop the merger.[7] However, Granholm's Executive Order No. 2009-45 combined the two over the objections of the Senate.[8]

In 2011, Governor Rick Snyder's Executive Order 2011-1 split the department apart again,[9] allowing each to focus on its core mission, he said.[10]

Budget Allocation[edit]

Sources of DEQ's FY 2015 budget
DEQ's FY 2015 expenditures

Per Michigan Public Act 252 of 2014, the DEQ's budget for fiscal year 2015, which runs from Oct. 1, 2014-Sept. 30, 2015, is about $502 million.[11] This includes a new $1 million initiative to improve the convenient access to residential in Michigan.[12] In April 2014, Governor Snyder called for this funding to increase the residential recycling rate in Michigan, which stood then at about 14.5 percent.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ [2] FY 2014-15 General Omnibus Appropriation Bill
  3. ^ [3] Meet the Director
  4. ^ [4] Our Organization
  5. ^ [5] DEQ Mission
  6. ^ [6] History of the DEQ
  7. ^ "Metro briefs: Granholm merger plan voted down". Detroit News (Detroit, Michigan). November 13, 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-25. 
  8. ^ [7] History of the DEQ
  9. ^ [8] History of the DEQ
  10. ^ [9] Jan. 4, 2011 Snyder Press Release
  11. ^ [10] FY 2014-15 General Omnibus Appropriation Bill
  12. ^ [11] FY 2014-15 General Omnibus Budget Summary
  13. ^ [12] Michigan's Residential Recycling Plan

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