Drain Commission

Drain Commissioner
Michelle Martin

Deputy Drain Commissioner
John Warner, P.E.

Welcome to the Oceana County Drain Commissioner’s Office. Our purpose is to provide for the public health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Oceana County through careful management of the waters and drainage infrastructure of the County. All actions taken through this office are governed by principles of environmental stewardship, cost -effectiveness, and long-term economic sustainability through proper planning and leadership.

Department Overview

Responsibilities of this department include flood control measures, the development review process, soil erosion control and water quality programs. Another important function of the Drain Office is the review of all new platted subdivisions, site condos, private roads and all new commercial and industrial sites, checking for adequate drainage for the prevention of future water and drainage problems.

This office is also the administrator of the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Program, Part 91, as established by the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA451, as Amended. This act is designed to keep the soils and sedimentation of the State of Michigan from being deposited into Michigan’s lakes and streams. Check our Soil Erosion Control page for more information about obtaining permits for projects that may affect our county waterways and drains.

What is a Drain?

A drain can include any of the following:

  • Creek, river, inland lake or pond
  • Retention pond or swale that conveys storm water
  • Watercourse or ditch, either open or closed
  • Covered drain or underground pipe
  • Sanitary or combined sanitary and storm sewer.

These systems are designed to provide storm water management, drainage, flood prevention and stream protection for urban and agricultural lands. 

Please note there are many private drains in our county.  Please call the Drain Commissioner’s office to find out if the drain in question is a county or private drain.