Critical Dunes ; Michigan Laws ; Legal Toolkit
The State and Federal aquatic invasive species control legislation seeks to prevent the introduction of aquatic nuisance species in the Great Lakes. This is accomplished on the Federal level by a mandatory ballast water management program for all vessels and on the State level through permit requirements for vessels in Michigan’s waters. EPA has also been ordered by a Federal Court to regulate ballast water discharges and require NPDES permits under the Clean Water Act. Local governments may do more to protect the spread of aquatic nuisance species into inland lakes through local regulations.
Various documents presented at the first conference on Legal Tools to Protect Coastal Environments Workshop on June 18-20, 2008 at Northwestern Michigan Collegenulls Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, Traverse City, Michigan