Drainage Maintenance and Improvements

A common citizen concern and primary role of the Department is drainage maintenance and improvements. The County holds many public drainage easements for the purpose of maintaining storm drainage infrastructure. Easements are designed to allow personnel and equipment to access and repair or maintain infrastructure. The Department discourages any encroachments into drainage easements, as this may limit the Department’s ability to properly maintain stormwater infrastructure and potentially result in system failure. For more information about easements, click here. To seek an encroachment permit, click here.

 

Catch basins in public easements are inspected and cleaned as needed, typically by a vacuum truck. Maintenance is routinely done on a cycle, so that the storm sewer system operates smoothly. Drainage ditches in public easements are also inspected and cleaned as needed. Like catch basins, the drainage ditches are routinely cleaned on a cycle. Some ditches may be maintained using equipment, while others may require the use of hand crews. In some cases, new drainage ditches may be constructed. There are several watershed areas in the County that are exclusively maintained by the Department as part of a special tax district.

 
Note that the Department has limitations in where it can operate. Public funds may not be used for private benefit. Also, federal and state environmental rules, primarily wetland regulations, limit the County’s ability to work in wet and swampy areas.