Gov. Snyder Signs E.O.; Separates DNR, DEQ 1-04-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Gov. Snyder Signs E.O.; Separates DNR, DEQ 1-04-2011

Governor Rick Snyder signed an executive order on Tuesday, splitting the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Quality into two separate departments.
Executive Order 2011-1, the governor’s first executive order, creates a Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as separately functioning departments so each is able to better focus on their core mission.
“Michigan is blessed with an abundance of natural resources and we need to be a leader and innovator in protecting these resources,” Snyder said. “Recreational fishing, hunting and boating activities alone contribute more than $3 billion annually to our economy. Separating the DEQ and DNR means we can better address these key priorities.”
As Snyder previously announced in November, Dan Wyant will serve as director of the DEQ and Rodney Stokes will serve as director of the DNR.
Wyant will also oversee the DEQ, DNR and the Department of Agriculture as the Quality of Life group executive.
Wyant previously served as president and chief operating officer of the Edward Lowe Foundation, which promotes entrepreneurship and helps second-stage business owners accelerate growth for their companies.
Prior to that, he served as director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture in the administrations of former Governors John Engler, a Republican, and Jennifer Granholm, a Democrat.
The Office of the Great Lakes will move to the DEQ under the Executive Order with former Senator Patricia Birkholz serving as director and as a member of the Governor’s Cabinet. The Executive Order has an effective date of March 13, 2011.
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