Mid-Michigan is no stranger to flooding. Significant rains and floods occurred in 1986, 1996, 2013, 2017 and 2020. These floods have negatively impacted individuals, jobs, economic growth, property values and tax revenues in the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR).

We’re also used to rising above the challenges and building back together. But this time, it’s our plan to look for lasting changes.

This can be our watershed moment.

First Tasks

  • While future flooding cannot be eliminated completely, find and develop innovative, long-term options that can reduce the frequency and severity of flooding in the Midland area and build resilience
  • Focus on environment-based flood mitigation measures, such as wetlands, natural floodplains and conservation easements that could slow the flow rate of rivers, creeks and streams during significant rain events
  • Work with the City of Midland, Midland County and surrounding counties, area citizens, businesses and organizations, and other local, state and federal stakeholders to make lasting improvements

In 2021, the Midland Business Alliance (MBA) Board of Directors formed a task force to examine any infrastructure issue that impacts the quality of life and economic vitality of the Midland area. As its first task, the MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure is charged with finding the best ways to work with local, state and federal partners to address longstanding flood issues that impact the citizens, business community and economic development in the GLBR. Two initial primary areas of focus are the legacy flooding challenges and the related sanitary sewer issues.

Return on
Investment 2022

Midland Flood
Reduction Plan


Progress Update
(April 2022)

Committee Structure

The volunteer advisory committee is made up of MBA board members, members of the community at large, an MBA staff representative, and ex officio representatives from the Four Lakes Task Force, Midland County and the City of Midland. The committee functions under the Midland Business Alliance Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization.

View Committee

Presentation at “State of the Bay”
(Sept. 22, 2022)

Working together to identify solutions

Latest News

January 10, 2023

Press Release: $3.75 Million in Federal Appropriations

The MBA Advisory Committee on Infrastructure announces federal funding for three projects promoting flood resilience.

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December 3, 2022

Op-ed: Getting a Jump Start on Projects to Reduce Flooding

J.W. Fisher and Lee Ann Keller, advisory committee co-chairs, discuss the current local work while the Army Corps of Engineers study continues.

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Key Initiatives

Solutions won’t come overnight. In fact, mitigation efforts are likely to take years. But the first steps involve an engineering study in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the development of potential infrastructure projects, and the evaluation of each project’s benefits and feasibility. Our key tasks and initiatives include:

Engineering services — The first step is to learn “what we don’t know” and gain valuable insight from experts. Engineers and scientists will help with data accumulation, a review of past flood and hydrological studies, technical assistance, and development of sound concepts for potential flood mitigation and infrastructure improvements.

Community involvement — Our goal is to create broad and wide community engagement and participation from individuals, community groups and leaders, neighborhoods, businesses and various organizations. This will include townhall meetings, community workshops and regular communication.

Conservation — We want to collaborate with conservation and environmental organizations for floodlands to find beneficial solutions.

Advocacy and partnerships — We want to engage with federal, state and local leaders, agencies and offices. This includes working closely with the City of Midland and Midland County officials, with surrounding counties, and with agencies and organizations such as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), and the Four Lakes Task Force. We will also advocate for support from our state and federal representatives and senators.

Finance — We are committed to advocating for government support and other innovative financing of future projects.

Community Support

Many local foundations and businesses have already donated to support the committee’s research, flood study and initial planning efforts. No local tax dollars are being used for the study, thanks to their support. These donors include:

Charles J. Strosacker Foundation


Dow Company Foundation

Fisher Companies

Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation

Midland Area Community Foundation

MyMichigan Health

Patricia and David Kepler Foundation

Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation

Three Rivers Corporation

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