by Paul J. Sniadecki, Board Director
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently announced new appointments to the Water Use Advisory Council. Michael Gallagher of Richland, and President of the Michigan Lake Stewardship Associations, was appointed to represent Statewide Riparian property owners for a term expiring February 26, 2023.
The Water Use Advisory Council advises the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Natural Resources, and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on the State’s Water Use Program, which includes the following major elements: Great Lakes Compact; water withdrawal; and water use conflict.
The Council meets 2 to 3 times a year, and has about 30 Council Members The Council is a diverse entity which includes major water users (e.g., agriculture, aggregate industry, golf courses, industry, utilities), water well drillers, municipal water supplies, water resource groups, state and federal agencies, conservation and environmental groups, tribal organizations and universities.
The appointment was not subject to advice and consent of the Senate. Mike will be an excellent representative for riparians, and we look forward to future updates from him about Council proceedings.