Environmental Affairs

The Charter empowers Environmental Affairs (EA) to administer, enforce, manage and coordinate environmental protection policies in the City of Detroit.

EA interacts with federal, state and local agencies to improve and protect the City’s water, air, and land resources.  It is the liaison between the City and federal agencies, such as USEPA, US Coast Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, and EGLE.

EA develops and implements programs that support sustainable development initiatives focusing on Brownfields Redevelopment and obtains funding for cleanup of contaminated sites. EA also assists city departments with environmental compliance by providing technical assistance and developing procedures to achieve compliance, and by giving guidance on the effective, sustainable use of the natural resources available to the City.

EA successfully leverages State and Federal grants and loan programs with local dollars to prepare Brownfield sites for reuse and redevelopment. Over the last ten years the City has received approximately $105 million in grant funding from the State of Michigan and $17 million from the Federal government in the form of removal actions, time-critical remedial activity, site assessment grants, and revolving loan funds for cleanup.

Do you have questions? - Contact us!

Brownfield Redevelopment
Bulk Solid Material Storage
Environmental Enforcement
Right of Entry


Email Environmental Affairs at [email protected]

You can find more information about each area by clicking on the links.