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:

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

Westwood Tile Drain - Notice of Public Hearing to Abandon and Vacate a Portion of a Drain CANCELLED
A public hearing will be held on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at the office of the Wayne County Drain Commissioner, 3600 Commerce Court, Building E, Wayne, Michigan. The purpose of this meeting is to hear objections and determine whether the portion of the Westwood Tile 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 download the meeting announcement.
Milk River Intercounty Drain - Notice of 2020 Drainage Board Meetings
The Drainage Board for the Milk River Intercounty Drain will meet at the following dates and times in 2020:

January 17, 2020 1:00 p.m.
February 20, 2020 10:00 a.m.
March 19, 2020 10:00 a.m.
Click here for Notice
April 16, 2020 10:00 a.m.
May 14, 2020 1:30 p.m.
June 16, 2020 1:30 p.m.
July 16, 2020 10:00 a.m.
August 13, 2020 10:00 a.m.
September 17, 2020 10:00 a.m.
October 15, 2020 10:00 a.m.
November 12, 2020 10:00 a.m.
December 10, 2020 10:00 a.m.

Meetings are held at the St. Clair Shores City Hall, 27600 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, Michigan. Please click here to download the notice.
Board of Determination Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Please click here to download a pdf of Frequesntly Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding a Board of Determination.
North Branch Big Swan Creek Intercounty Drain - September 23, 2019 Meeting Minutes and Handouts
The Drainage Board for the North Branch Big Swan Creek Intercounty Drain met on Monday, September 23 at 10:00 a.m. at the Sumpter Township Community Center located at 23501 Sumpter Road, Belleville, Michigan. This meeting was held to determine the practicability of a petition filed for maintenance and improvement of the North Branch Big Swan Creek Intercounty Drain. Click on the links below for more information.
Meeting minutes
Wayne County Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Public Notification Plan
Wayne County has developed a public notification plan (PNP) for combined sewer overflows (CSO) that may occur from outfalls located along Detroit and Rouge Rivers, in accordance with NPDES Permits and 40 CFR Part 122.38(c). A CSO is a discharge from a combined sewer system, during wet weather, at a point prior to the downstream wastewater treatment facility. Wayne County's PNP describes how the County provides notification to the public of CSO occurrences from combined sewer systems and combined sewer overflow treatment facilities operated by Wayne County. Wayne County's CSO Public Notification Plan is available here.

Information about combined sewer overflow discharges is available online from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), as follows:

1. MiWaters web page - click here.
2. "Combined Sewer Overflow, Sanitary Sewer Overflow, and Retention Treatment Discharge Annual Report". These reports are published annually for the previous year. To download the annual report, click here.

For more information regarding the Wayne County Public Notification Plan, and combined sewer overflow discharges reported under the Public Notification Plan, please contact

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.

More Information

Weather andWater Levels Affecting Wild Birds in Wayne County

Information from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources regarding the recent wild bird deaths along the Marsh Creek in Woodhaven.

Lead and Copper in Drinking Water

Notice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System Event

Notice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System Event (Wayne County systems only)

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

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.

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.

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.

Dispose of FOG properly in the home

News & Events

Notice of Drainage Board Hearing
Notice of Drainage Board Hearing
Friday, May 24, 2019
Notice is hearby given that the Sump Intercounty Drainage Board will meet at the offices of the Lyon Township, 58000 Grand River Ave., New Hudson, Michigan.