|Atherton, B - OH STATE UN GRAD STUDENT|
|Brown, L - OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY|
|Hitzhusen, F - OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY|
Submitted to: ASAE Annual International Meeting
Publication Type: Proceedings
Publication Acceptance Date: July 19, 1999
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Ohio law provides procedures for groups of landowners to organize for the construction and maintenance of drainage improvements with the assistance of either the county engineer or the soil and water conservation district. Multi-landowner drainage improvements have been constructed since the mid- 1800s and were essential for the development of much of Ohio. A survey of county engineers and soil and water conservation districts was conducted t inventory the demand for and construction of drainage improvements benefitting multiple landowners. Demand for these projects remains high in spite of legislation and rule making limiting the drainage of jurisdictional wetlands. This is probably a result of the lack of an organized maintenance program for projects completed prior to 1957. From 1994 through 1996, landowners in 37 Ohio counties requested assistance with an average of 150 new projects annually. In addition to other improvements, nearly 310 km of open ditch improvements were constructed benefitting 58,350 ha of land. This paper summarizes the extent of multi- landowner drainage improvement construction and maintenance in Ohio from 1994 through 1996.