These summarized excerpts are from the EGLE document:  Aquatic Nuisance Control Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) which can be accessed at https://www.michigan.gov/documents/deq/wrd-anc-faq_565051_7.pdf

  • Do I need a permit to control aquatic vegetation on my property?
    • Permits required for
      • Chemical control of nuisance aquatic species–permit required from EGLE’s ANC Program
      • Larger scale removal of plants–permit required from EGLE’s Water Resources Division (WRD)
      • Physical control measures, such as benthic barriers, weed rollers, or lake draw-down– permit required from EGLE’s Water Resources Division (WRD)
      • Bacterial Augmentation and Biological Control–contact EGLE’s Water Resources Division (WRD). 
    • Permits not required for
      • Mechanical harvesting (i.e., cutting plants above the lake bottom with no soil disturbance).
      • Inconsequential or insignificant vegetation removal done by hand (e.g., hand pulling, raking a few plants)
      • Small scale removal of plants that are an aquatic nuisance if the removal is accomplished by hand-pulling (i.e., without the use of a powered or mechanized tool) and all plant fragments are removed from the water and properly disposed of on land
  • What happens if I treat without a permit or violate my permit?
    • Violations and permit violations are subject to compliance action, civil action, and criminal enforcement
  • How can I find information about permit applications and permits submitted for a specific waterbody?
  • Can I prevent my neighbor from putting aquatic pesticides in my lake?
    • You generally cannot prevent your neighbor from treating his/her property under a valid ANC permit. In Michigan, waterfront property owners typically have authority over the bottomlands in wedge shape out to the center point or thread of the lake or stream, respectively.

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