In March, legislators introduced a package of bills in the Michigan House of Representatives that would apply the public trust doctrine to the state’s groundwater. But what is the public trust doctrine and why does it matter if it applies to Michigan groundwater? This column provides an overview of the public trust doctrine and its application to groundwater, a summary of the bills now being considered, and resources for tracking their progress.
Elbaum, Shay. "Michigan's Groundwater and the Public Trust Doctrine." Mich. B.J. 101, no. 6 (2022): 40-41.