Office of Drain Commissioner


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  • See photos and reporting from our 2010 Water Festival education station for families to learn about how clean water benefits aquatic creatures such as otters and fish.

Local news stories

02.12.2019 Texas Township residents seek answers and action to end flooding
06.21.2018 City and partners work on response plans as floods are expected to continue
09.09.2017 Connecting the Drops
07.11.2017 Peppermint Creek Clean up
06.21.2017 Krazy for the Kazoo
06.20.2014 An article from Welcome Home - Summer 2014: Creating a Rain Garden for Beauty and Function
05.18.2014 Polluted Davis Creek To Be Restored
05.09.2014 Davis Creek Cleanup Underway
08.01.2013 A celebration of neighborhood beautification and more
07.30.2013 Willard Street residents to dedicate rain gardens, two new homes Friday
07.18.2013 A garden tour that's about more than growing plants
03.27.2013:Circuit court hearing April 8 to determine lake level of Sunset Lake in Vicksburg
08.16.2012:Southwest Michigan Politics: Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce PAC endorses Democrats Pat Crowley for Drain Commissioner, Richard Fuller for Sheriff
06.06.2012:Austin Lake board seeking $108,000 loan from Kalamazoo County to kick-start lake-improvement project
05.31.2012:People's Food Co-op will dedicate rain garden at Art Hop
11.27.2011:Austin Lake residents will have chance to question assessments at public hearing in January
10.22.2011:Cleaning Davis Creek: Pollution source for Kalamazoo River
08.16.2011:Portage asks Drain Office to take over Lexington Green ditch
08.11.2011:Ask Upton to work to limit mercury in atmosphere
06.22.2011:Drain project in Comstock's Kilowatt district deemed necessary
07.21.2011:Austin Lake project may not cost as much as some riparians fear
06.22.2011:Sunset Lake take over interim management of dam
05.26.2011:Project to reduce muck on Austin Lake in Portage remains alive
05.19.2011:Proposed Austin Lake improvement project yields strong opinions
05.03.2011: Comstock Township residents protest proposed drain project
04.26.2011: Public hearing on Austin Lake project May 18
03.24.2011: Austin Lake project making progress
03.18.2011: Vicksburg asks County Drain Commissioner to take over mill dam
12.18.2010: Otsego Township agrees to excavation of Otsego-Alamo Inter-County Drain
12.16.2010: People's Food Co-op readies new home
12.10.2010: Neighbors oppose potential Comstock drainage project
11.19.2010: Otsego property owners face drain assessment
08.14.2010: Hundreds show up for first-ever Kalamazoo Water Festival
07.06.2010: Kalamazoo County may set aside reserve funds to pay for drug court (article mentions Little Portage InterCounty Drain)
04.23.2010: Letters: "In Kalamazoo County, adding phosphorus generally not necessary"
02.09.2010: Drain commissioner lands rare grant; Experts to study Davis Creek using federal money
12.21.2009: Kalamazoo County's Big Marsh Drain project cost is under budget
10.19.2009: Big Marsh Drain Neighbors Question Bills for Cleaning Project


Davis Creek TMDL Reduction Study Grant

A $63,436 Federal American Recovery and Reinvestment grant, administered by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), was awarded to the Office of the Drain Commissioner on behalf of the Davis Creek Drainage District. The grant is for gathering engineering data as necessary to design at least five Best Management Practices engineering plans and to qualify for further grants to implement the designed improvements. Partners include the Davis Creek Drainage District, Road Commission of Kalamazoo County, City of Kalamazoo, Charter Township of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo River Watershed Council, City of Portage, Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc, and Land and Resource Engineering and Survey. The partners provided an additional $28,454 (30.97%) in match to total $91,890. This grant project will run from February 2010 to September 2011

The People's Rain Garden: A Community Demonstration Project

A $5000 grant from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation was approved from its Spirit of Community: Environmental fund to the Office of the Drain Commissioner. This grant will make it possible for the new People's Food Coop to showcase a sustainable storm water management system in the form of a beautiful rain garden in a wonderful location between the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail and Mackenzie's Bakery. The Drain Office will create educational signage and some programming as part of the project. This project will occur in 2011.