Both land use and land cover play significant roles in directly affecting, both positively and negatively, the quality of rivers and streams within local watersheds. Historic landscapes in Southeast Michigan all provide various functions and values that benefit water resources. Wetlands, woodlands, grasslands, prairies, and riparian corridors all play integral parts in the overall water cycle. They each help in their unique way to filter and reduce stormwater runoff entering local streams. As development has progressed across Southeast Michigan, the quantity of impervious cover and associated urban areas increased while these historic landscapes have decreased.
SEMCOG is dedicated to preserving and restoring water quality in Southeast Michigan. To that end, SEMCOG offers members a variety of stormwater management services related to low impact development techniques, Phase II permit requirements, and reviewing larger stormwater management plans.
The Southeast Michigan Partners for Clean Water group is comprised of SEMCOG members, including representatives from local communities and counties, in addition to representatives from watershed councils, not-for-profit agencies, the private sector, and water resource professionals. The purpose of the group is to facilitate information sharing, to coordinate public education, and to leverage resources on water quality, stormwater management, and green infrastructure implementation.
SEMCOG helps to support ongoing Phase II compliance activities by summarizing annual information related to SEMCOG’s stormwater management activities, with a specific focus on communication, public education, and outreach efforts. This information helps communities and counties meet the reporting requirements associated with the federal Phase II Stormwater Regulations. The most recent report and past reports are provided here:
Southeast Michigan Partners for Clean Water Report 2014 to 2015
Southeast Michigan Partners for Clean Water Report 2013 to 2014
Southeast Michigan Partners for Clean Water Report 2012 to 2013