The central mission of the Wayne County Department of Public Services - Environmental Services Group is to create, foster and maintain a clean and safe land and water environment for citizens of Wayne County by providing services for cost effective drainage systems, waste water management and solid waste management.

Wayne County is the eighteenth largest county in the nation and the most populous county in the State of Michigan. The County's land area is approximately 626 square miles, and is home to nearly 1.8 million people, residing in 43 communities. Wayne County's Department of Environment (DOE) was created in 1994 and, in 2010, was merged with the Department of Public Services (DPS) becoming the Environmental Services Group (ESG). ESG's mission is continuously achieved by talented administrators and employees, guided by the strategic goals of the Wayne County Executive.

Throughout this website, you will be able to learn about ESG's many diverse services and programs. From Western Wayne to Downriver, from Detroit to Asia, ESG's successes and leadership in improving our environment is a model for communities around Michigan and the World. We are proud to serve you, our customers, with high-quality and cost-effective environmental services, and we welcome your comments and suggestions. Thanks for visiting.

There are three divisions within the DPS Environmental Services Group:

  • The Land Resource Management Division works to protect the land and water resources of the County through their solid waste and soil erosion programs.
  • The Facilities Management Division maintains sewer and drain operations, along with operations at the Downriver Wastewater Treatment Plant (serving thirteen Wayne County communities).
  • The Water Quality Management Division is focused on protecting and restoring water resources in Wayne County through a watershed management approach.

This web site provides information for all ESG Divisions and their established missions, goals, and organizational structure, along with the services that they provide to the many communities of Wayne County. Please visit each division's web site, and utilize our services to the fullest extent.

We look forward to serving you.

Public Notices
Randolph Street Intercounty Drain - Notice of Drainage Board Meeting
The Drainage Board for the Randolph Street Intercounty Drain will meet on Monday, April 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in the City of Northville Municipal Offices, 215 West Main Street, Northville, Michigan. Click here to download the meeting announcement.
Milk River Intercounty Drain - Schedule of 2019 Drainage Board Meetings
The Drainage Board for the Milk River Intercounty Drain will meet on a monthly basis in 2019. Click here to download the schedule of meetings for 2019.
Wayne County Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) Public Notification Plan
Wayne County has developed a public notification plan (PNP) for combined sewer overflows (CSO) that may occur from outfalls located along Detroit and Rouge Rivers, in accordance with NPDES Permits and 40 CFR Part 122.38(c). The PNP describes how Wayne County will provide notification to the public of CSO occurrences from combined sewer systems and combined sewer overflow treatment facilities operated by Wayne County. Implementation of the PNP will commence on November 7, 2018 in compliance with 40 CFR Part 122.38(a).

Click here to download the CSO Public Notification Plan.
Woodland Meadows Landfill Expansion - Notice of Public Meeting
A meeting of the Wayne County Facility Inclusion Committee was held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Van Buren Township Hall, 46425 Tyler Rd. The meeting was held to consider Waste Management of Michigan, Inc.'s application for a proposed expansion of their municipal solid waste landfill to be included into Wayne County's Solid Waste Management Plan.

June 20, 2018 FIC Meeting Transcript

General News and Information

Alliance of Rouge Communities is Conducting a Survey on the Water Quality of the Rouge River

Wayne County and the Alliance of Rouge Communities want your opinion on water quality changes in the Rouge River to help direct future activities. If you take the survey, you could win a $100 Visa gift card!

Take the SurveyAlliance of Rouge Communities

Construction of Improvements to the Milk River Intercounty Drain Drainage District Wastewater Facilities Are Underway

In October 2016, construction began on a multi-year project for improvements to the Milk River Intercounty Drain Drainage District wastewater facilities serving the Cities of Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe Woods, and St. Clair. These improvements will allow the Milk River Intercounty Drain Drainage District to continue to provide efficient transport of combined sewage from system customers during normal conditions and to effectively treat combined sewage overflows into Lake St. Clair into the future.

More Information

Weather andWater Levels Affecting Wild Birds in Wayne County

Information from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources regarding the recent wild bird deaths along the Marsh Creek in Woodhaven.

Lead and Copper in Drinking Water

Notice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System Event

Notice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System Event (Wayne County systems only)

Notice Requirements for Sewage Disposal or Storm Water System Event (Milk River Intercounty Drain only)

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

The Wayne County Drain Commissioner has adopted the County of Wayne's procedures and guidelines for FOIA requests for all county and intercounty drains.

Inspect or obtain copies of public records for drains, please click here.

Detroit Water Bills

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) Water Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) developed a video series to help consumers better understand their water bills and the costs associated with providing this vital service.

Operation Clean Water YouTube Channel

Dispose of Fats, Oils, and Grease Properly

Excessive fats, oils and grease (FOG) washed from sink drains in businesses and homes can block sewer pipes and lead to backups of sewage into buildings and overflows of sewage to rivers, lakes and streams.

Dispose of FOG properly in the home