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

Ecorse Creek Pollution Abatement Drain No. 1 - Notice of Drainage Board Meeting
The Ecorse Creek Pollution Abatement Drain No. 1 Drainage Board will meet on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at the Taylor City Hall, Council Study Room, 23555 Goddard Rd., Taylor, Michigan. Please click here to view the meeting notice.

Freeman Drain - Notice of Public Hearing
A public hearing will be held on Monday, July 31, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at offices of the Wayne County Drain Commissioner, 400 Monroe St., Suite 300, Detroit, Michigan for the purposes of hearing objections and determining whether the portion of the Freeman Drain to be abandoned and vacated has ceased to be of public utility and is no longer necessary or conducive to the public health, convenience, or welfare. Please click here to view the hearing notice.

Riverview Landfill Expansion – Notice of Public Comment Period
The City of Riverview has submitted an application for a proposed expansion of their municipal solid waste landfill located at 20863 Grange Rd. to be included in Wayne County’s Solid Waste Management Plan. Written comments on the proposal will be accepted until August 30, 2017. Please click here to review a copy of the application.  Comments may be submitted to: Wayne County Facility Inclusion Committee, 3600 Commerce Ct., Wayne, MI 48184 or by e-mail to pcullen@waynecounty.com.

General News and Information

Construction of Improvements to the Milk River Intercounty Drain Drainage District Wastewater Facilities Are Underway
In October 2016, construction began on a multi-year project for improvements to the Milk River Intercounty Drain Drainage District wastewater facilities serving the Cities of Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Woods, and St. Clair. These improvements will allow the Milk River Intercounty Drain Drainage District to continue to provide efficient transport of combined sewage from system customers during normal conditions and to effectively treat combined sewage overflows into Lake St. Clair into the future. Please click here for more information about this project.
Alliance of Downriver Watersheds is Conducting a Survey on Our Local Waters
Wayne County and the Alliance of Downriver Watersheds are asking residents to help to evaluate past education efforts and set the direction for future outreach programming. We hope to learn what you already know about our fresh water resources and how you protect them from pollution. It will only take 10-15 mintues so please click here to take the survey. For more information about the Alliance of Downriver Watersheds, please click here to visit their website.
SEMCOG Seeks Resident Participation in Water Resources Survey
SEMCOG and its partner organization, the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC), have launched a survey to gather residents’ perceptions of the region’s water resources. Southeast Michigan’s rivers, lakes, streams, wetlands, and beaches provide numerous recreational, environmental, economic, and public health benefits. This survey will help us understand what water resources are important to residents in planning for the future of our region. To participate in this survey, please click here
Weather and Water Levels Affecting Wild Birds in Wayne County
For information from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources regarding the recent wild bird deaths along the Marsh Creek in Woodhaven, please click here.
Lead and Copper in Drinking Water
For information from the Great Lakes Water Authority on the issue of lead and copper in drinkng water, please click here
Notice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System Event (Wayne County systems only)

Notice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System Event (Milk River Intercounty Drain only)

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.


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