Water Quality Management Division

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

  • 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. Please click here to visit the SEMCOG site.
  • New Rouge Project Website
    The Rouge Project website was incorporated into the Wayne County website. Click here to explore the new Rouge Project pages on waynecounty.com. Also, be sure to bookmark this new location in your browser (http://www.waynecounty.com/doe/rouge/index.htm). The old Rouge Project website is still available at www.rougeriver.com but most of the important information has been incorporated into the new site.
  • Healthy Lawn Care for Watershed Protection 
    For the latest information on healthy lawn care tips for homeowners, please click here. For a list of Michigan Green Industry Association (MGIA) endorsed landscaping companies, please click here.
  • Wayne County Hunts for Bugs with Local School Students  
    Click here to view the MyFoxDetroit report (including video) on WQMD's "bug hunts" with local school students.
  • Rain Barrel Tip Sheet from the SOCWA Healthy Lawn and Gardens Program 
    To learn how you can reduce your "Rainwater Footprint", please click here.
    Want to learn how to "rainscape" your property? 
    Click here to find information on rain gardens, rain barrels, permeable pavement and more.

Upcoming Events

  • Alliance of Rouge Communities (ARC) Septic System Maintenance Workshops
    The ARC is offering two free workshops on septic system maintenance that are open to the public. The first workshop will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 12th at the Bloomfield Township Hall. A second workshop will take place at 6 p.m. on December 2nd at the Northville Township Hall. Please click here for more information regarding these workshops.
  • Caring for Land Along Rivers
    The Friends of the Rouge and the Alliance of Rouge Communities (ARC) are offering three workshop for riparian landowners this fall. The workshops are scheduled for three evenings in September and October and will focus on caring for the land along waterways to protect water quality and reduce streambank erosion. You can register for one of the workshops at www.therouge.org or by calling the Friends of the Rouge office at 313.792.9621. Please click here to download the flyer for workshop details.
24 Hour Environmental Hotline   1-888-223-2363      For more information, click here.


Kenneth M. Kucel, P.E.
Deputy Director of DPS - Environmental Services Group
(313) 224-3620
Water Quality Management

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