Michigan's Drain Commissioners - A Legacy of Property and Resource Protection
Drain Commissioners and their staff are responsible for many aspects of surface water management. The Drain Commissioner develops design standards for storm water runoff management in new developments, and is involved in agricultural, commercial, and residential drainage; storm water management; lake levels; soil erosion; water supplies and sewer systems.
What is stormwater?
Why is stormwater a problem?
Grand River, Jackson CountyThis section of the Upper Grand River is managed as part of the Grand River Inter-County Drainage Board Watrshed 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 overflowsto 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.
Briarwood Drain, Ingham CountyReconstructed banks protected from high velocity flows with rip rap.
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.)