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"Permits and Processes:  Working in Michigan Waters"


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Detroit District Regulatory Office and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) invite you to attend a symposium designed to enhance the knowledge of contractors, consultants, municipalities, and others who apply for permits on a professional basis. “Permits and Processes:  Working in Michigan Waters" will take an in-depth look at both the Corps and MDEQ regulatory programs, permit application and information requirements, and decision making processes.  This will be an all-day event comprised of multiple sessions.  Throughout the day we will focus on a hypothetical major development project to highlight the various aspects of the Corps and MDEQ permit application and evaluation processes.  We invite you to attend the full symposium or individual sessions.  Registration is required and this event is free.

Please check back for 2017 date, time, and location.


Presentation slides will not be provided at the symposium but are available below for viewing and printing:

Session 1 - Overview of Corps & MDEQ Regulatory Authorities

Session 2 - Jurisdiction, Wetland Delineations & Data Sheets (updated 10/20/2016)

Session 3 - The Complete Permit Application

Session 4 - MiWaters

Session 5 - Permit Coordination & Evaluation

Session 6 - Project Purpose, Alternatives Analysis & Mitigation

Toolbox - Web Resources for Permit Applications

“Waterways, Wetlands, and You!”


"Waterways, Wetlands, and You" is the Detroit District’s public outreach event held at various locations in Michigan and Indiana each year.  These events include a brief presentation providing an overview of the Corps’ Regulatory Program and offer an opportunity to interact with Corps Regulatory staff.  Topics we cover include working in regulated waterways, wetlands, and along shorelines; when a permit is required from the Corps; information on applying for permits; and services that the Corps’ Regulatory Office provides to the public. 

Following the presentation, we conduct an application workshop.  The workshop guides attendees through the steps of filling out an application and offers the opportunity to sit down with a Regulatory Project Manager to discuss proposed or completed projects.  The outreach events will be held at the following locations on the specified dates and times: 

April 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm

Portage Lake District Library

58 Huron Street

Houghton, MI 49931

June 22, 2017 at 9:00 am

Grand Traverse County Governmental Center

400 Boardman Avenue

Traverse City, MI 49684


Tailored Outreach Events


We are now offering outreach events upon request in your local area. Corps staff is available to meet with your organization and cover topics such as working in regulated waterways, wetlands, and along shorelines; when a permit is required from the Corps, including specific requirements for projects typical of your area; how to apply for permits; and other services the Corps Regulatory Office provides.  These outreach events are a great opportunity for participants to discuss their project with Corps staff.  Presentations and workshops are provided by Corps staff at no cost.  The events may be held in a venue that you arrange or at a publicly available meeting room. We welcome the opportunity to discuss tailoring a presentation and/or workshop to your organization’s interests as they relate to the Corps Regulatory Program. 

If you have questions or would like to schedule an outreach event for your organization, please contact us by e-mail at LRE_Reg_Outreach@usace.army.mil  or by phone at (313) 226-1325.


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