Geoscience in Your State: Michigan

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By the numbers: Michigan

  • 9,569 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1
  • 767 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3
  • $2.45 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174
  • 36 total disaster declarations, including 11 flood, 8 severe storm, and 6 tornado disasters (1953-2017)6
  • $11.8 milllion: NSF GEO grants awarded in 2017...

Agencies Working on Geoscience Issues in michigan

Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy's mission is to protect Michigan’s environment and public health by managing air, water, land, and energy resources.

Michigan Geological Survey

The mission of the Michigan Geological Survey is to facilitate basic and applied geological research to promote the best use of Michigan's geological resources for their social and economic benefits while protecting associated resource values and the environment.

Michigan Office of the Great Lakes

The Office of the Great Lakes was created by the Michigan Legislature in 1985 under the Great Lakes Protection Act. It presently houses the Areas of Concern Program, Coastal Management Program, and the Great Lakes Coordination Program. The Michigan Office of the Great Lakes is a leader in Great Lakes policy development and strategic program implementation to protect, restore, and sustain the Great Lakes watershed. The OGL collaborates with partner organizations to support sustainable use of coastal resources, coordinate restoration of severely degraded areas, manage water quality and quantity, prevent aquatic invasive species, and engage in emerging policy issues. The OGL provides advice and assistance to the Governor’s Office and other state offices.

Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division

The Michigan State Police, Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSP/EMHSD) is responsible for coordinating state and federal resources to assist local government in response and relief activities in the event of an emergency or disaster. The division also coordinates homeland security initiatives and various federal grants.

Case Studies & Factsheets

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By the numbers: Michigan 9,569 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1 767 million gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3 $2.45 billion: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174 36 total disaster declarations, including 11 flood, 8 severe storm, and 6 tornado disasters (1953-2017...

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The U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue, Information and Data Management has produced a series of case studies on extractive industries across the United States, focusing on coal, copper, gold, iron, natural gas, and oil.

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