Stormwater Management Program (SWMP)

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The Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner's (WRC) Environmental Team coordinates, implements and manages programs to protect and restore Oakland County's rivers, lakes and streams. The flow of water doesn't recognize political boundaries; therefore, the WRC works with communities and other stakeholders to protect the waterways.

The WRC is responsible for more than 500 miles of drainage systems that are called County Drains.

Many communities in Michigan, including Oakland County, are required to have a stormwater permit from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE, formerly the DEQ). This requirement is part of the Federal Clean Water Act and is referred to as the Phase II stormwater permit. The Environmental Team coordinates Phase II compliance activities for Oakland County as part of the Oakland County Stormwater Committee. Other Oakland County departments who have responsibility for Phase II activities include Facilities Management, Health Division, Parks and Recreation, Planning and Economic Development Services, Road Commission for Oakland County, and Waste Resource Management.

For more information on the Environmental Team and what they can do for you, or to provide input on the County's Stormwater Management Program, please email

Click to learn more about our NEW Stormwater Engineering Design Standards

 MS4 Permit-related Documents