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- Drainage Easements are obtained for specific uses such as storm
water conveyance, storm water detention, ponding, floodplain or as
access routes for operating, maintaining or repairing County Drains.
- Drainage Easements are not to be considered public areas and are
not open to the public.
- Property owners retain ownership, but are restricted from building
permanent structures that may interfere with or reduce drainage
and/or temporary storage capacity or may impede drain maintenance
of surface or subsurface systems within the easement area. This includes,
but is not limited to; swimming pools, sheds, garages, patios, decks,
fences or other permanent structures or landscaping features: License Agreement Application. To request permission to encroach into an easement you may apply for an Encroachment Agreement.
- Easement width varies from drain to drain depending on the
drain's size and type. Some easements are of an unspecified width.
- Easements obtained prior to 1956 were not required by law to be recorded
with the County Register of Deed's Office and are considered properly
recorded if they are on file in the Water Resources Commissioner's Office. Easements obtained
after 1956 are required to be recorded at the County Register of Deed's
Office and are also on file at the Water Resources Commissioner's Office. It is important to
check with both offices to determine if a drainage easement exists on your property.
- No changes to the grade within a drainage easement will be allowed. Easements
are for the passage of surface drainage and it is a property owner's responsibility
to maintain the surface drainage system across their property. Altering the grade
can not only effect their property but also their neighbors.
- No dumping of grass clippings, leaves, brush or other refuse is allowed
within a drain easement. These items obstruct drainage, restrict flow and
plug culverts. This can lead to higher maintenance costs and can cause