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Drains & Soil Erosion Permits


Drain Commissioner - Jeff Van Belle

The Drain Commissioner is a statutory elected position responsible for administration of the Drain Code of 1956, as amended. Duties include: construction and maintenance of drains, determining drainage districts, apportioning costs of drains among property owners, receiving bids and awarding contracts for drain construction. The Drain Commissioner also approves drainage in new developments, subdivisions and maintains court decreed lake levels.



Drain Code - 10 basics you should know

Citizen Guide to Drain Code

Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control

A Permit is required for any earth changes within 500' of a lake or stream or for projects over an acre in size. The exception would only be for projects that are less than 225 square feet that can be stabilized within 24 hours.

On November 17, 2016 the Cass County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution transferring the Cass County Soil Erosion and Sedimentation (SESC) Program from the Drain Commissioner's Office to the Cass County Conservation District, effective December 1, 2016.

The Conservation District is located at:
1127 E State Street
Cassopolis, MI 49031 

website: Cass County Conservation District​

Korie Blyveis, the District Manager has obtained the DEQ's SESC comprehensive certification to administer the program. She can be contacted by phone at 269-445-8641, ext 5, or email Korie Blyveis.

where to apply for what permit - quick list!

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