About Maumee River Basin Commission

The mission of the Maumee River Basin Commission is to provide regional leadership and promotion of flood mitigation, soil and water conservation and related resource management through a coordinated and comprehensive planning and implementing approach.


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Organization & Structure

Maumee River Basin Commission (MRBC) was established by the Indiana General Assembly in 1986 under State Law IC 36-7-6.1 (recodified under IC 14-30-2) as a separate municipal corporation charged with mitigating flood damages and improving water quality in the Indiana portion of Maumee Basin by exercising sound watershed management. Critical to the success of reducing flooding and improving water quality is implementation of comprehensive structural and non-structural flood mitigation measures and Best Management Practices (BMPs) basin wide.

To accomplish this, Commission (MRBC) is composed of representatives from six (6) northeast Indiana counties (Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Noble, Steuben, and Wells). Each County is represented by three (3) County Commissioners, County Surveyor, and a member of the Soil and Water Conservation District Board or their official designees. These members play a critical role in formulating policy and program recommendations. In 2001, MRBC entered Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Cooperating Technical Partner (CTP) Program and coordinates all Floodplain mapping activity in the Maumee River Basin. The Commission works closely with communities providing funding cost share assistance and guidance on flood mitigation projects.
MRBC staff assist local communities in areas of flood mitigation project planning and administration, flood mitigation assistance grant writing, flood map modernization, 319 water quality improvement grant writing, erosion and sediment control, flood insurance, floodplain ordinances, inventories of flood prone properties, storm water and erosion control ordinances, soil and water conservation, and public information programs.

MRBC Sub-Committees

Maumee River Basin Commission is served by five (5) sub-committees formed to assist the Commission in its Flood-mitigation efforts:

  • Finance Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Master Plan Implementation Committee
  • By-Laws Committee
  • Technical Committee

Finance Sub-Committee

Finance Committee, formed in 1997 to comply with requirements of State Board of Accounts, is composed of the Full Board. Finance Committee oversees Board's investment practices and assists in determining which institutions to conduct business.

Legislative Sub-Committee

Legislative Committee is composed of MRBC Executive Board members. Legislative Committee assists with legislative matters affecting the Commission, reviews Biennium Budget request submitted to State Budget Agency, and legislation affecting Commission. 

Master Plan Implementation Sub-Committee

Master Plan Implementation Committee, formed in 1996 is composed of nine (9) members including: a representative from each of the six (6) member counties, a surveyor representative, Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) representative, Master Plan Consultant, Indiana Department of Natural Resources – Division of Water (IDNR-DOW) representative and MRBC Executive Director. The Implementation Committee is responsible for reviewing, evaluating, and prioritizing requests and making recommendations to the Full Board regarding implementation of all projects associated with Commission’s Flood Mitigation Master Plan. Master Plan Implementation Committee serves as a liaison to the Full Commission. 

View the Maumee River Basin Commission (MRBC) Master Plan.

Technical Sub-Committee

Technical Committee is composed of six (6) County Surveyors, two (2) representatives of Indiana Department of Natural Resources – Division of Water (IDNR-DOW’s) staff, MRBC’s designated Water Resources Engineer, and MRBC’s Executive Director. The Technical Committee is responsible for reviewing all technical work and proposed ordinances, and forwards recommendations to Full Board for approval. 

By-Laws Sub-Committee

By-Laws Committee, formed in 2000, consists of four members including Commission’s Executive Director. The By-Laws Committee is responsible for reviewing Commission’s by-laws and proposing amendments to such as they deem necessary to Full Board.


Name of Member Affiliation County
Rex Moore Commissioner Adams
Steve Kuhn Commissioner Adams
Stan Stoppenhagen Commissioner Adams
Paul Norr Surveyor Adams
Lynn Selking SWCD Supervisor Adams
Richard Beck Jr. Commissioner Allen
Therese Brown Commissioner Allen
Nelson Peters Commissioner Allen
Bill Hartman Commissioner's Proxy Allen
Michael Fruchey Surveyor Allen
Greg Lake SWCD Rep Allen
Bill Hartman Commissioner DeKalb
Todd Sanderson Commissioner DeKalb
Mike Watson Commissioner DeKalb
Michael Kline Surveyor DeKalb
Dennis Taylor SWCD Rep DeKalb
Name of Member Affiliation County
Dave Dolezal Commissioner Noble
Anita Hess Commissioner Noble
Gary Leatherman Commissioner Noble
Randy Sexton Surveyor Noble
Staci McGinnis SWCD Rep Noble
Will Howard Commissioner Steuben
Lynne Liechty Commissioner Steuben
Ken Shelton Commissioner Steuben
James Slabaugh Surveyor Steuben
Chuck Howard SWCD Rep Steuben
Blake Gerber Commissioner Wells
Tamara Robbins Commissioner Wells
Kevin Woodward Commissioner Wells
Jarrod Hahn Surveyor Wells
Diana Collins Commissioner
Gerber’s proxy
To Be Determined SWCD Rep Wells
Douglas Wagner Technical Advisor Wells

Legislative Representation

Dan Leonard 50 Allen and Wells
Dennis Zent 51 Steuben
Ben Smaltz 52 Allen, DeKalb, and Steuben
Matt Lehman 79 Adams, Allen, and Wells
Phil GiaQuinta 80 Allen
Martin Carbaugh 81 Allen
Dave Abbott 82 Allen and Noble
Christopher Judy 83 Allen
Robert Morris 84 Allen
Dave Heine 85 Allen
Sue Glick 13 DeKalb, Noble, and Steuben
Dennis Kruse 14 Allen and DeKalb
Liz Brown 15 Allen
Justin Busch 16 Allen
Travis Holdman 19 Adams & Wells

Administrative Funding

MRBC’s Administrative Budget is funded by each of the six (6) participating counties based on each county’s percentage of land area in the Maumee Watershed, interest funds generated from Commission’s General Fund Investments, unspent funds from previous budget year, and Grant Management Funds received from managing Flood Mitigation Projects on behalf of local communities within the basin. Grant management funds have helped offset any increase in annual allotments for participating counties. MRBC does not use its State General Fund biennial allocation to fund its administrative expenses.


Admin Funding

Land Revenue