Drain Commissioner

The office of the Drain Commissioner is established by State Law. These laws allow the Drain Commissioner to design and maintain drainage systems for large areas of land. We do this because the flooding of fields, yards, roads and homes can be very serious and at times even life threatening.

The Drain Commission is responsible for the construction, operation and maintenance of hundreds of miles of drains in Midland County (excluding the City of Midland). We spend approximately $500,000 annually on Drain construction and maintenance. Our staff of three works closely with the Road Commission, landowners, developers, and neighboring counties to ensure cost effective drainage.

ROW Access Permit

Soil Erosion Permit

Sanford Lake Improvement Board

Wixom Lake Improvement Board

Current Projects

Pre Qualified Contractor List

Current Assessment

Stormwater Flooding

Drain District Maps

Upcoming Events


Joseph Sova, Drain Commissioner

220 W Ellsworth Street

Midland, MI 48640-5194

Phone: (989) 832-6770

Fax: (989) 832-6841

Hours: Mon-Fri (8 am - 5 pm)

Have a Question? Reach Out

Drain Staff

Norma J. Stuart - Deputy Drain Commissioner

E-mail Norma

Jeff Butcher - Soil Erosion Permitting Agent

E-mail Jeff