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Dan Wyant

Dan Wyant on DEQ's Quality of Life Mission

Dan Wyant talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR and WDBM

Written by Caitlin Cox

Dan Wyant
is the head of the Department of Environmental Quality under Governor Rick Snyder. He tells Kirk Heinze about the Michigan government’s new quality of life structure.

“It’s a group executive concept that Governor Snyder has brought to this administration,” Wyant says. “The Quality of Life Group is composed of three departments: the Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Natural Resources and Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.”

The Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Natural Resources were combined under the Granholm administration, but have since been split under the Snyder Administration. 

“These issues are very complex and important, the new structure will allow for a span of control coordination.  This also gets to the reinvention of government that Governor Snyder is promoting.”

The three departments fall under the Quality of Life umbrella.  Administration services such as accounting, auditing, and budgeting and fleet management are now shared in the new cabinet. The new structure allows for coordination of policy and resources, efficiency and directed efforts around complex issues.

The Quality of Life Group’s focus is on preserving our natural resources, which,  Wyant says, “Make Michigan great.”

Michigan’s 3,200 miles of shoreline provides twenty percent of the world’s fresh water.  It’s the United States north coast- 2nd only to Alaska. 

“We are using the natural resources to promote Michigan as a place where people want to live, work and play,” says Wyant.

Wyant says that we must protect our natural resources for future generations and a way of doing this is through the economic opportunities in agriculture and environmental stewardship.

“To be successful, we have to be leaders in environmental stewardship,” says Wyant. 

Click on the arrow above to hear Wyant's Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk HeinzeGreening of the Great Lakes airs Sunday evenings at 9 on News/Talk 760 WJR and Friday evenings at 7 on MSU's Impact Radio.

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