Office of Drain Commissioner

Storm Water Education: Lawn and Garden Tips

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WMU Water Resources

If you live close to a lake, wetland or any other body of water, establish a “no mow” zone around the edges like pictures above at Goldsworth Valley Pond on WMU’s campus.

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Permeable concrete paving website

Use more porous materials for your driveway, paths etc. This will help reduce the rate of runoff and increase absorption. Consider using alternative driveway/sidewalk materials (grass pavers, mulch, gravel, swept sand pavers, uncemented brick, or pervious concrete) or simply reduce the surface area of your driveway or sidewalk. 

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Composting at home can also help your yard become more nutrient dense and water friendly without using synthetic fertilizers!

Home composting information

Contact Us

Jason Wiersma
Drain Commissioner

Zeña Vos
Chief Deputy Drain Commissioner


Physical Address
201 West Kalamazoo Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Phone: 269-384-8117

Office Hours
8:00am - 4:00pm
Monday - Friday

Closed on Holidays