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LOCAL SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN GOVERNMENTS TO HAVE INCREASED ACCESS TO DNR

 LANSING, Mich., March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Southeast Michigan local governments will have increased access to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) through a high-level person who will work out of the Detroit office of SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments.
 Mindy Koch, deputy director for the DNR's Region III (southern Michigan), will make the announcement at the SEMCOG General Assembly meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 18, at the Engineering Society of Detroit, Rackham Building, 100 Farnsworth Ave., Detroit.
 "This Detroit office will help the DNR focus on urban environmental issues," Koch said. "It is important that the DNR work closely with the local units of government to address issues like landfills, wetlands and water quality in the state's largest urban area."
 Rufus Anderson, the DNR deputy director for Region III, will periodically work out of SEMCOG's downtown Detroit office. Anderson will work closely with local elected officials and SEMCOG in developing and implementing DNR policy in the region. DNR technical staff will be assisting Anderson as warranted by issues of concern.
 "Anderson's presence will help local governments in Southeast Michigan have closer contact with the DNR," John M. Amberger, SEMCOG's executive director, said. "Local elected officials will also have an opportunity to get the DNR's response on important issues after the usual channels have failed to be responsive. We are looking forward to working with the liaison and know that he will make a difference."
 SEMCOG had a similar arrangement with the DNR in 1989, when a DNR staff person was housed at SEMCOG.
 SEMCOG is a voluntary association of counties, cities, villages, townships, intermediate school districts and community colleges in the seven-county Southeast Michigan region. The Council's principal functions are short- and long-term planning for housing, transportation, land use, public safety, education, recreation and open space, economic development and the environment.
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 /CONTACT: Mindy Koch of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, 517-322-1300; or Pat Brunett of SEMCOG, 313-961-4266/


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