Drain Office


Things have changed drastically over this past week.  The Eaton County Drain Office has remained open this past week even though the county building was closed except by appointment to handle services that are required of our office.  But due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and in an effort to minimize further spread of the disease, the courthouse will be going to temporary hours beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.  Those hours will be 10am to 2pm Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  My office will be minimally staffed during those hours to handle anything that is necessary.  We will continue to review plans and issue permits and extension per our ordinance. We will also continue to receive drainage complaints but response time may be delayed unless the situation is deemed urgent or emergent.  It may become necessary for documents to be sent to our office via email or we can make appointment to retrieve documents and/or payments at the entrance to the building during staffed hours only.  Please contact our office directly before coming in to determine the best method to meet your needs.  The best contact numbers at our office are 517-543-3870 or 517-543-3886.  Our fax number is 517-543-6446.   You can also reach out to use via email at drain@eatoncounty.org or through our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RWagner4EatonCountyDrainCommissioner/.  Some services and/or documents are also available on our website at http://eatoncounty.org/207/Drain-Office.  We appreciate your patience as we attempt to keep our employees safe.  Please keep yourselves safe as well.

Richard Wagner, Eaton County Drain Commissioner

Clafliin Drain

Drain Commissioner

The Drain Commissioner is an elected official responsible for constructing and maintaining public storm drains throughout Eaton County, Statutory authority for the office is derived from Public Act 40 of 1956, as amended, commonly referred to as the Michigan Drain Code. On behalf of over 700 drainage districts (including two lake levels), the drain commissioner may acquire temporary and permanent easements, own and sell lands, execute contracts and levy assessments to cover the expense of building and maintaining an adequate stormwater infrastructure.

Not all storm drains are managed by the Drain Commissioner. Cities and villages often own their own systems although most ultimately discharge to a county or intercounty drain. The Eaton County Road Commission and Michigan Department of Transportation also maintain systems of drains. The Drain Commissioner works cooperatively with these agencies to assure widespread protection against damage caused by flooding.


The focus of the Eaton County Drain Commissioner’s Office is threefold:

  • To provide adequate drainage and assure protection of downstream properties and existing storm drains
  • To implement and manage regional flood control measures on public drains
  • To protect surface waters of the county and state against degradation

County Enforcing Agent

An active drain maintenance program, thorough review of private development proposals, and pretreatment requirements for stormwater runoff from construction sites all play important roles in achieving this goal. The Drain Commissioner also serves as the County Enforcing Agent, administering the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance (PDF) and program on behalf of the Board of Commissioners.

Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners

For more information visit the Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners website. This is a great resource for information regarding the Drain Commissioners in Michigan.