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To provide for the health, safety and welfare of Washtenaw County citizens and the protection of surface water and the environment and to promote the long term environmental and economic sustainability of Washtenaw County by providing storm water management, flood control, development review and water quality programs.
The Office of the Water Resources Commissioner will be a recognized leader in public service by providing pro-active, environmentally sound, cost effective drain construction, operation and maintenance that consistently exceeds customer expectations, by developing and advancing environmentally sensitive approaches to storm water management, and creating an educated citizenry.
The Water Resources Commissioner's Office implements a range of watershed planning and water quality programs, working with businesses, citizens and local government officials, to make stream and waterway protection an integral part of the land use decisions and land management activities. Stream and watershed protection projects have been implemented or are underway in many parts of the County.
The Water Resources Commissioner and staff are responsible for operation and maintenance of close to 550 storm water management systems ("county drains") in Washtenaw County. These systems are designed to provide storm water management, drainage, flood prevention and stream protection for urban and agricultural lands. The Water Resources Commissioner also develops standards and design criteria for management of storm water runoff in new developments, with a goal of protecting private property and natural resources.