Drain project gets state recognition

Engineers used 850 tons of boulders to line Lighthouse Creek in New Buffalo, to reduce flooding near the water treatment plant, stop erosion and restore wetlands and wildlife. The project earned Berrien County Drain Commissioner Christopher Quatrain the 2019 Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners “Innovation and Excellence” award.

ST. JOSEPH — The Berrien County Drain Commissioner’s office has received a statewide award for a project that reduced flooding around New Buffalo’s water plant, while restoring wildlife and the environment and saving millions from the original cost estimate.

Berrien County Drain Commissioner Christopher Quattrin received the 2019 Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners “Innovation and Excellence” award on Feb. 14 for work that was performed on the Lighthouse Creek Drain, which flows from Water Street to Lake Michigan.