Oceana County Michigan

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The Drain Commissioner and staff are responsible for construction, operation, and maintenance of just over 100 County Drains.  These systems are designed to provide stormwater management, drainage, flood prevention and stream protection for urban and agricultural lands.

A County drain may be any of the following:

  • Creek, river, inland lake, or pond
  • Retention pond, detention pond, or swale that conveys Stormwater
  • Watercourse, open ditch, or underground pipe

Routine maintenance is necessary from time to time to ensure a county drain is properly functioning.  The Drain Commissioner may, in any one year, expend up to $5,000 per mile, per drain for maintenance & repair.  Major projects are initiated through a petition process.  Either property owners or a local municipality can petition the drain commissioner.  To recover costs expended for a project, special assessments are levied against private properties, local municipalities, the County, railroads, & State Highways benefited from the construction and/or maintenance.

Please contact our office to determine if a drain in question is actually a County Drain. There are many private drains or roadside ditches that are not under the authority of the Drain Commissioner.

Contact Drain Commissioner

Staff

Michelle Martin
Drain Commissioner
John Warner, P.E.
Deputy Drain Commissioner

Oceana County Building

100 S. State Street
Suite M-11
Hart, MI 49420
Phone: (231) 873-3887
Fax: (231) 873-5914

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Occasionally closed from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM for lunch.

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Upcoming Events

May13

Board of Commissioners Meeting

Oceana County Building
11:30am - 1:00pm
May27

Board of Commissioners Meeting

Oceana County Building
11:30am - 1:00pm
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Planning Commission Meeting

Oceana County Building
1:00pm - 3:00pm
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Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting

Oceana County Building
3:00pm - 4:00pm
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