Drain Commissioners are public officials charged with administering Michigan laws related to flood protection, storm water management, and soil erosion. They build and maintain many millions of dollars worth of infrastructure to serve Michigan citizens.
Most Drain Commissioners are elected to this county office; a few counties appoint a person or board to perform these essential functions. State law allows a Drain Commissioner to use the title Water Resources Commissioner. Some Michigan counties have established Public Works Commissioners who are also responsible for drinking water & sanitary systems in their counties.
The Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners is dedicated to protection of the health, safety, and welfare of Michigan's citizens, their lands and environmental quality, and to the protection and restoration of Michigan's water resources. We seek to accomplish these goals by promoting professional development, continuing education, and encouraging member involvement.
We promote continuing improvement in Drain Commissioners' implementation of their myriad responsibilities through use of the latest standards, technologies and methods for storm water management, water resource protection, drainage, financial management, customer service, and public administration.
Grand River, Jackson CountyThis section of the Upper Grand River is managed as part of the Grand River Inter-County Drainage Board Watershed Management Plan
Schoenherr Drain, Macomb CountyMacomb County Crew searches for illicit connections and toxic dumping in the Schoenherr Drain
Quail Ridge Drain, Oakland CountyBank stabilization project completed on the Quail Ridge Drain using rip rap and vegetation.
Pontiac Lake, Oakland CountyNew Sewer mains were installed via directional drilling to avoid disturbances to Pontiac Lake.
GWK RTF, Oakland CountyUpgrades to Oakland County's George W. Kuhn Retention Treatment Facility reduce overflows to Lake St. Clair.
Little Salt Creek Drain, Midland CountySynthetic slope protection system installed at one of many crossings serving agriculture in Midland County.
Monroe CountyVolunteers installed live fascines to reinforce this lake shoreline. Fascines are bundled cuttings of live shrub branches.
Imlay-Bigelow Drain, LapeerCrew works to replace 100-year-old stormwater system near Imlay City.
Sickle Creek, Manistee CountyNew crossing installed for Road #5557 over Sickle Creek, a popular fishing destination in the Huron.
Gibson Drain, Genesee CountyBank Reinforcement measure, including rip rap and live stakes.
Sanitary Sewer, Montcalm CountyCrystal Township's new sanitary sewer collection system was installed to protect nearby Duck Lake.
Columbia Drain, Huron CountyAerial view of the Columbia Drain sediment basin, installed to relieve flows in the Sebewaing River Intercounty Drain, serving Huron and Tuscola Counties.
Chippewa River, Isabella CountyRock weirs installed to mitigate flows after removal of a delinquent dam and its spillway near Mount Pleasant.
Byron Dorr Inter-County Drain, Kent CountyWetland area restored to provide stormwater retention, pollutant removal and wildlife habitat.
Briarwood Drain, Ingham CountyKinawa Drive crossing installed to improve stormwater flow in suburban setting (Meridian Township/Okemos.)
Briarwood Drain, Ingham CountyReconstructed banks protected from high velocity flows with rip rap.