Water Quality Management

Mission Statement

The mission of the Water Quality Management Division is to provide engineering support, water resources, and watershed management services to local and regional municipalities, Wayne County departments, and residents so they can achieve timely and cost-effective compliance with water quality regulations, and enjoy water resources that are safe for drinking and recreation. The Water Quality Management Division (WQMD) is recognized locally, nationally, and internationally as a model for watershed management and environmental protection.

News and Announcements

Voluteers Needed for Water Chemistry and Flow Measurements in Downriver Creeks
The Alliance of Downriver Watersheds (ADW) is seeking volunteers to collect water samples and measurements at local streams this spring and summer. Volunteers will collect samples from the waterways that flow to the Detroit and Huron rivers and Lake Erie. For more information about this unique volunteer program, click on the following links.
Press release
Program flyer

Alliance of Downriver Watersheds Photo Contest

It's time for August's Focus on Downriver Water Photo Contest hosted by the Alliance of Downriver Watersheds. Win a $50 garden supply gift certificate and a paddle trip for two from H2E River Adventures. Snap a photo of a STREAM, POND, RIVER or OTHER WATERWAY and upload it by clicking here.

Use Brine Instead of Rock Salt to Protect Water Quality
Brine, a mixture of salt and water, is a great alternative to traditional rock salt for dealing with ice in the winter. By using brine instead of rock salt, you can reduce the amount of salt used and help to protect our rivers.

Dispose of Fats, Oils, and Grease Properly
Excessive fats, oils and grease (FOG) washed from sink drains in businesses and homes can block sewer pipes and lead to backups of sewage into buildings and overflows of sewage to rivers, lakes and streams.

SEMCOG Launches New Public Education Campaign
The Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) has updated and refreshed its successful water quality protection campaign Our Water. Our Future. Ours to Protect. Seven Simple Steps to Clean Water. The update includes new topics and tips the public can use to protect water quality in Southeast Michigan.

Healthy Lawn Care for Watershed Protection
Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA) endorsed landscaping companies.

Want to learn how to "rainscape" your property?
Rain gardens, rain barrels, permeable pavement and more.