The Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner’s Office offers several water quality programs in which local businesses, institutions, and residents can participate at no cost. Getting involved with these programs is a simple way to protect Washtenaw County waterways, improve the environment, and save some money. For more information, please visit the pages below.

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RiverSafe Home (for Residents)

The RiverSafe Homes program helps Washtenaw County residents to identify water quality protection activities they currently practice around their homes, and to commit to additional pollution prevention practices they may not have considered before.   Become a RiverSafe Home -Take the Survey

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Business Programs

Community Partners for Clean Streams

The Community Partners for Clean Streams is a cooperative effort between the Washtenaw County Water Resources Commissioner's Office and local businesses and institutions to promote and encourage business practices that protect Washtenaw County waterways.

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Stormwater MS4 Permit

Phase II Storm Water Regulations

In 1999, the EPA established the Phase II regulations to reduce the impact of pollution that was being created by increased development. The permit was created to preserve, protect and improve the water resources from polluted stormwater runoff. Regulations require stormwater discharges from Municipal Separate Storm Sewer Systems (MS4) within the designated urbanized area, which are areas with populations greater than 10,000, to obtain a permit from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment. Learn more on our Stormwater Discharge Permit page.

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Street Runoff Infiltration & Green Infrastructure

A compilation of articles and other resources describing recently implemented green infrastructure elements, their effectiveness, and how to utilize them. Visit our Street Runoff page.