Office of the Great Lakes Moves from the DEQ to the DNR
Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:15:34 EST
Governor Rick Snyder has issued an Executive Order moving the Office of the Great Lakes from the Department of Environmental Quality to the Department of Natural Resources.
“The Great Lakes are one of Michigan’s most prized natural resources,” Snyder said. “Proper protection and management of the lakes is critical to our future. Moving the Office of the Great Lakes to the DNR will strengthen opportunities for improved management of the lakes by better aligning programs and responsibilities within state government.”
The Executive Order will take effect December 28th. Jon Allan will remain as director of the Office of the Great Lakes and a member of the governor’s cabinet. Angela Ayers, currently special advisor on the environment for the governor, will join the Office as deputy director.
The Office of the Great Lakes will retain all current programs and responsibilities, including its central role in advising the governor and other state departments on policy and actions regarding the Great Lakes. The transfer broadens the opportunities for strategic investments and partnerships to benefit the lakes.