Video: Using the Water School Toolbox

Water Policy Toolbox

December 3, 2020

The Water Policy Toolbox provides general information about how federal, tribal, state, and local laws and rules provide the basis for water policy in Michigan.


Water School Resources mentioned during webinar series

December 3, 2020

List of Water School resources mentioned during webinar series. Download or see below for individual links.


Michigan Water School 2020 Webinar Series Resources


Blue Economy. 1

Community Improvement Plans. 1

Dam Removal 2

Drinking Water 2

Funding Opportunities: 3

General Infrastructure. 3

Green Infrastructure and Flood Planning. 3

Groundwater 4

Planning and Zoning. 4

Pollution. 4

Road Salts. 5

Septic Systems. 5

Wastewater and Water Infrastructure. 5

Water Quality. 6

Wetlands. 6


Blue Economy

  • Michigan’s Blue Economy report:

Community Improvement Plans

  • EGLE webpage of key resources - Land Use Planning to Protect Water Quality:,9429,7-135-3313_71618_3682_3714-479775--,00.html

  • Local Government Planning Resources for Water Quality Protection:,9429,7-135-3313_71618_3682_3714-479775--,00.html

  • Michigan’s Water Strategy:,9077,7-362-85258---,00.html

Dam Removal,4570,7-350-79136_79236_80249---,00.html.

  • A Primer on Dam Removals in Michigan by Joe Rathbun, EGLE:

Drinking Water

  • University of Michigan Lead & Copper Rule brochure:

Click here for an explanation of Michigan's laws around water contamination from lead and copper, updated in 2018 and now the nation’s most progressive

  • EGLE Lead & Copper Rule with Sampling Information:,9429,7-135-3313_3675_3691-9677--,00.html

  • University of Michigan Lead & Copper Rule webpage: In 2018, Michigan adopted the country’s most proactive Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). This stringent new regulation protects public health by requiring Michigan’s public water utilities to take additional actions to reduce lead and copper levels in drinking water.

  • EGLE PFA’s Response:,9038,7-365-86513---,00.html

  • Environmental Working Group site before; gives info on what is in our tap water:

  • The WHO Water Safety Guide:

Funding Opportunities:

General Infrastructure

Green Infrastructure and Flood Planning

  • SEMCOG Green Infrastructure Vision:

  • Wisconsin Green Infrastructure Work Book by Julia Noordyk:

  • Preparing for Variable Lake Levels – Michigan Sea Grant:

  • MI Sea Grant Lake Levels webpage:


  • EGLE Water Well Viewer:

  • EGLE Water Use webpage- includes links to Parts 317 & 327, Great Lakes Compact, Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool, Water Use Advisory Council, and more:,9429,7-135-3313_3684_45331---,00.htmluncil.

  • Jim Milne- Water Use Assessment Supervisor
  • Ottawa County Groundwater Sustainability Initiative:

Planning and Zoning

  • SEMCOG Water Resource Plan for Southeast Michigan:

  • Superior Township in Washtenaw County Master Plan:

  • For Model Environmental Ordinances for Local Governments:

  • Existing approved and pending watershed management plans in Michigan:

  • Southwest Michigan Planning Commission Water Protection Ordinances:

  • NPS Approved Watershed Management Plans:


  • Microplastics:

  • Map of Uncontrolled CSO's:

Road Salts

Septic Systems

  • EPA Funding for Septic Systems:

  • EPA Homeowner Septic System Resources:

  • MSU Extension Septic Systems:


  • Tip of the Mitt Septic System Resources:

  • EPA Septic System Policies:

Wastewater and Water Infrastructure

Water Quality

  • Cleaning Michigan Initiative:,9429,7-135-3307_3515-314499--,00.html

  • Harmful Algal Blooms resources:

  • Eat Safe Fish:,5885,7-339-71548_54783_54784_54785_58671-296074--,00.html