Environmental Services


The central mission of the Wayne County Department of Public Services - Environmental Services Group is to create, foster and maintain a clean and safe land and water environment for citizens of Wayne County by providing services for cost effective drainage systems, waste water management and solid waste management.

Wayne County is the eighteenth largest county in the nation and the most populous county in the State of Michigan. The County's land area is approximately 626 square miles, and is home to nearly 1.8 million people, residing in 43 communities. Wayne County's Department of Environment (DOE) was created in 1994 and, in 2010, was merged with the Department of Public Services (DPS) becoming the Environmental Services Group (ESG). ESG's mission is continuously achieved by talented administrators and employees, guided by the strategic goals of the Wayne County Executive.

Throughout this website, you will be able to learn about ESG's many diverse services and programs. From Western Wayne to Downriver, from Detroit to Asia, ESG's successes and leadership in improving our environment is a model for communities around Michigan and the World. We are proud to serve you, our customers, with high-quality and cost-effective environmental services, and we welcome your comments and suggestions. Thanks for visiting.

There are three divisions within the DPS Environmental Services Group:

  • The Land Resource Management Division works to protect the land and water resources of the County through their solid waste and soil erosion programs.
  • The Facilities Management Division maintains sewer and drain operations, along with operations at the Downriver Wastewater Treatment Plant (serving thirteen Wayne County communities).
  • The Water Quality Management Division is focused on protecting and restoring water resources in Wayne County through a watershed management approach.

This web site provides information for all ESG Divisions and their established missions, goals, and organizational structure, along with the services that they provide to the many communities of Wayne County. Please visit each division's web site, and utilize our services to the fullest extent. We look forward to serving you.

Public Notices

Sump Intercounty Drain Drainage Board - Notice of Drainage Board Meeting
The Sump Intercounty Drain Drainage Board will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 9, 2016 at the Lyon Township Hall, 58000 Grand River Avenue, New Hudson. Please click here to download the meeting notice.
Milk River Intercounty Drain Drainage Board - Notice of Drainage Board Meeting
The Milk River Intercounty Drain Drainage Board will meet at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Harper Woods City Hall, City Council Chambers, 19617 Harper Avenue, Harper Woods. Please click here to download the meeting notice.
Milk River Intercounty Drain Drainage Board - Notice of Hearing on Apportionments

The Milk River Intercounty Drain Drainage Board will conduct a hearing at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 25, 2016 at the Harper Woods City Hall. The purpose is to hear objections to the apportionment of cost for the Milk River Intercounty Drain Priority 1B and Select Improvements Project. For additional information, please click here to download the meeting notice.

General Information

Notice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System Event

Flood Recovery Information

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests
The Wayne County Drain Commissioner has adopted the County of Wayne's procedures and guidelines for FOIA requests for all county and intercounty drains. For more information on how to inspect or obtain copies of public records for drains, please click here.

Detroit Water Bills
The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) Water Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) developed a video series to help consumers better understand their water bills and the costs associated with providing this vital service. This video series can ve viewed on the Operation Clean Water YouTube Channel.

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. To find out how to dispose of FOG properly in the home, please click here to download a new brochure published by the Alliance of Rouge Communities.


          24 Hour Environmental Hotline 1-888-223-2363 For more information, click here.


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