Environmental Health

Director: Michael Snyder R.S.

Overview of services available:

  • Food Service Sanitation
    • Inspect and license bars, restaurants, vending machines, mobile and temporary food vendors
    • Review plans for new or extensively remodeled facilities
    • Conduct hearings to obtain compliance with state standards
    • Conduct food-borne illness investigation
  • Water Well Program
    • Issue permits for private and small public water supplies
    • Sample and evaluate drinking water supplies
    • Verify well construction
    • Advise about water quality problems
    • Provide water analysis bottles
  • On-Site Sewage Treatment/Disposal
    • Evaluate sites for on-site sewage treatment/disposal systems
    • Issue permits for on-site sewage treatment/disposal systems construction and repair
    • Provide home loan evaluations
  • Other Services
    • Provide inspection and consultation of:
      • day care centers
      • foster care facilities
      • septage application sites and vehicles
      • subdivisions
      • campgrounds
      • swimming pools
    • Monitor select beaches for E. coli
    • Regulate body art facilities
    • Accept ticks found attached to humans for identification by the State of Michigan
    • Sell radon kits and provide radon information

Contact Information

Delta Office

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET, Monday-Friday
Phone: 906-786-9692
Fax: 906-789-8147

Menominee Office

Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. CT, Monday-Friday
Phone: 906-863-4451
Fax: 906-863-7142

Food Service Sanitation

The purpose of the Food Service Sanitation program is to protect the public from food-borne diseases in food prepared at restaurants, bars, mobile food vendors, and temporary food events or served from vending machines.

Regular inspections at these establishments are conducted by Environmental Health staff to ensure food which is purchased or donated comes from an approved source and is appropriately stored, prepared, cooked and/or cooled, and served to prevent growth of disease-causing organisms.

If food is prepared and served to the public, a license is generally needed even if the food is free or offered for a donation. Check with Environmental Health, (906)786-9692, to see if your meal, open-house, or other food-related event requires a license.

When a food-borne illness involving two or more people who do not reside in the same household occurs, Environmental Health conducts an investigation in an attempt to identify the source of the outbreak. These lessons help individuals and establishments develop better practices in order to avoid future illnesses.

Water Well Program

The purpose of the Water Well program is to protect the public from water-borne diseases and water quality that can adversely affect health. The primary way the Environmental Health division accomplishes this goal is by issuing well permits for individual residences and small public water supplies to ensure new wells are constructed properly and isolated from potential sources of contamination.

In addition, Environmental Health oversight works to ensure certain small public water supplies such as restaurants, motels, businesses, and schools collect required water samples and provide safe water to their clients.

Environmental Health investigates instances of groundwater contamination in order to better advise local residents. If investigation highlights practices that can be changed to improve water quality, Environmental Health informs the public and may create areas with special water well construction requirements.

Environmental Health has bacteriological and partial chemical sample bottles available for submission to the Whitewater Associates Laboratory which can be picked up by the public. Environmental Health recommends annual testing of water wells for bacteria and periodic sampling for nitrate and nitrite. Partial chemical test consist of chloride, fluoride, iron, hardness, nitrate, nitrite, sulfate, and sodium.

On-Site Sewage Treatment/Disposal

The purpose of the On-Site Sewage Treatment/Disposal (OSTDS) program is to protect the public from sewage-borne diseases and protect groundwater and surface water from becoming polluted with sewage. Environmental Health evaluates sites to determine if the soil is capable of treating the sewage to kill harmful bacteria and viruses and reduce the amount of nitrate released into groundwater.

In addition, Environmental Health issues permits for construction of On-Site Sewage Treatment/Disposal Systems (also called septic systems) and privies. It also evaluates existing OSTDSs to determine compliance with current codes for property transfers or those property owners seeking to increase sewage flows or connect a new dwelling to an existing OSTDS.