The Michigan Department of Environment Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE)  helps communities deal with non-point source (NPS) water pollution by approving watershed management plans based on our state’s Clean Michigan Initiative (CMI) and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) nine-element criteria.   A community with an approved watershed management plan is eligible for pollution prevention and control grants from Clean Michigan Initiative grant funds.

Since the approval of the first Portage Lake Watershed Management plan in 2008, local governments and non-profits in the watershed have applied for and received CMI grants for asset management plans for wastewater and stormwater systems.