Land Owner Assistance for Ditch Projects

As residents of the Black Swamp and responsible landowners, it is an obligation to maintain the drainage of waterways and ditches associated with personal property. With aging tile systems, fallen trees, and erosion the project can be challenging. Landowners can turn to the Wood SWCD for assistance.

Ditch Cleaning Methods and Descriptions:

Private Ditch Bottom Clean Out:
The least costly method of all of the processes. This process also has the least involvement by any governmental agency. Those requesting assistance make all the decisions and the project does not commence until all financial obligations are met by the group. These is projects are not eligible for County Maintenance Programs managed by the Wood County Engineer.

Mutual Group Reconstruction:
Approximately 2.5 to 3 times more costly than private ditch bottom clean outs. Both ditch banks will be reconstructed. Some decisions are still in the groups’ control. This type of project could be eligible for County Maintenance Programs.

Senate Bill 160 Conservation Works of Improvement:
3 to 5 times more expensive than the previous option, but is a legal process. It involves the reconstruction and removal of brush from both banks and correction of all tile outlet pipes and surface water conveying devices. Decisions by the group are very basic and minimal. This type of project would be eligible for County Maintenance Programs.

County Petition Ditch:
Approximately 6 to 10 times more costly than a Private Ditch Bottom Clean Out. It is a legal process. It involves the reconstruction and removal of brush from both banks and correction of all tile outlet pipes and surface water conveying devices. No decisions are made by the group and the ditch is added to the County Ditch Maintenance Programs.

Contact Jim Carter at Wood SWCD to request assistance for a ditch improvement project.

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Wood SWCD Monthly Board Meetings are held the third Friday of every month at 8:00 a.m. at the District office. The public is welcome.

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