Michigan OGL joins new EGLE department


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Michigan OGL joins new EGLE department

The programs and functions of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes are now part of the new Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy.

This organization combines the skills of the Department of Environmental Quality, Agency for Energy and Office of the Great Lakes into one team. Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the restructuring as part of her vision to improve Michigan’s environment and protect public health.

With local, state, and federal partners, the OGL has made strides to restore waters affected by environmental contamination, support vibrant and resilient coastal communities, gain new insights on aquatic ecosystems, and harmonize regional efforts to manage shared waters. The new EGLE partnership will create opportunities to collaborate and design solutions to today’s challenges in environmental management.

This e-mail list will now include updates on Great Lakes and water news, events, stewardship tips, and community grants.


Gov. Whitmer signed Executive Order 2019-06 in February to create EGLE, which went into effect April 22, 2019. The executive order also moved the Michigan Agency for Energy’s functions from the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs into EGLE.