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

  • 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.
  • 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

  • Annual Rouge River Winter Stonefly Search
    Volunteers are needed to help search for sensitive aquatic insects that indicate good water quality in local streams. This event will take place on January 21, 2017 at various locations in the Rouge Watershed. For more information on how you can get involved, please click here
  • Volunteers Needed for 2017 Water Quality Monitoring in Wayne County
    The Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) and local partners are seeking volunteers to collect water samples and measurements at local streams this spring and summer. Get outside, meet new people, learn about our river and creeks, be our "eyes and ears," and help out Michigan's premier volunteer water quality monitoring program! No prior experience necessary. Wayne County volunteers are particularly needed this year. Please click here to learn more about this volunteer program.
                          24 Hour Environmental Hotline   1-888-223-2363      For more information, click here.


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(313) 224-3620
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