One of the most common concerns we hear can be summarized: “My neighbor has modified their property, now water (either upstream or downstream) is causing issues for me. What can be done?”
Choose to do nothing and accept the consequences (i.e. continued flooding, flood damage).
Work voluntarily with other landowners involved in the drainage problem, and agree to pay the necessary costs and construct improvements.
Consult with an attorney to resolve the drainage problem in a court of law where a judge will award damages to address a drainage problem resulting from the negligence of others. The Knox SWCD may offer suggestions on how to resolve the drainage issue, but we do not have the authority to tell individual landowners what to do on their property.
Since most drainage complaints involve private property, they are managed as a civil matter. No county or township agency, including the Knox SWCD, has the authority to maintain and/or improve the flow of stormwater across private property. In most cases, the landowner must initiate the action to resolve the drainage dispute or make the drainage improvement. To resolve a drainage problem, landowners may: