Wetlands Regulation Reforms

Date: January 18, 2019

2018 Michigan Victories


The new law, Public Act 631, requires the Department of Natural Resources to provide more specificity regarding the nature of an alleged violation before bringing an enforcement action. While the final bill was weakened as it worked its way to the governor’s desk, it still makes improvements to current state wetland restrictions.  The legislation also clarifies the definition of a “wetland” subject to state law and rules. Finally, these changes clarify parts of the law that have prevented or restricted private property owners from making improvements on their property such as driveways, garages, outbuildings, forest roads, farm roads, etc.

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