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What is the Michigan Municipal Wetlands Alliance (MMWA)?

April 2017

Leading up to the 2017 Michigan Township Association Conference, we've been answering a few commonly asked questions concerning municipal and township law to prep officials before our presentation, "Glad You Asked That."

What is the Michigan Municipal Wetlands Alliance (MMWA)?

The Michigan Municipal Wetlands Alliance (MMWA) is a non-profit organization engaging in a public-private partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) to assist Michigan municipalities, Michigan farmers, and Michigan blueberry growers by making wetland mitigation bank credits available to assist with compliance of wetland laws.

This partnership is a win-win-win: the MDNR likes it because restoring wetlands on DNR-managed public lands will enhance recreational opportunities for the public; the MDEQ likes it because large, professionally managed and maintained wetland areas support a more biodiverse ecosystem and have a more successful track record of long-term sustainability; and Michigan municipalities, farmers, and blueberry growers like it because the MDNR takes care of all of the details and stringent requirements for wetlands mitigation.

Why Was the MMWA Created?

The MMWA is made possible by a coordination of effort between the following member groups: the Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners (MACDC), the Michigan Associations of Counties (MAC), the Michigan Townships Association (MTA), the Michigan Municipal League (MML), and the County Road Association of Michigan (CRA).

The MMWA was created make compliance cheaper by providing high-functioning wetland mitigation bank sites, offering credit opportunities to address wetlands impacts from Michigan municipalities, Michigan farmers, and Michigan blueberry growers. Public infrastructure projects can be delayed or put on hold due to mitigation requirements in permits, and mitigation construction on a per project basis can be expensive and time consuming. Also, privately owned mitigation bank credits are not available in some areas of the state. With the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’s (MDNR) assistance, the MMWA can get the price point down to a very reasonable level for municipalities that need to buy credits.

You should contact the MMWA when you are planning a project with unavoidable wetlands impacts. The MMWA will check the availability of credits based on credit type, watershed, and ecoregion, then facilitate the sale of credits from the MMWA to the project owner.


If you are attending the Michigan Township Association conference this year, please join us at "Glad You Asked That" at 12pm on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at the Lansing Center to have your questions about township law answered.

Join the conversation! Submit your question on our 2017 MTA Conference page.

Questions we'll discuss include:

  • What is the procedure for adopting an amendment to the zoning ordinance ?

  • What are the implications of allowing commercial marihuana facilities in a township?

  • Can a public meeting agenda be changed during a meeting?

  • As a trustee, do I have personal liability for township actions?

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