2.5.3 Ditches

Two public drainage ditches established under Minnesota Statutes Chapter 103E are located within this subwatershed.  County Ditch #15 drains a large area north of Gleason Lake, ultimately discharging into the lake.  Part of Gleason Creek appears to have been channelized as part of County Ditch #32.

County Ditch #15

County Ditch #15 was established at some unknown time in the past, likely to drain several wetlands to make them suitable for agriculture.  The ditch still exists, and forms an important component of the City of Plymouth's local drainage system.  No agricultural use continues to benefit from the ditch; the land has been subdivided and developed with a variety of suburban uses, including single and multiple family housing, commercial, and industrial uses.  A channel erosion survey was conducted as a part of the HHPLS.  Several eroded locations were identified.

County Ditch #32

County Ditch #32 was established at some unknown time in the past, likely to drain wetlands in the vicinity of the present-day US Highway 12 and TH 101 interchange to make them suitable for agriculture.  The ditch is currently an open channel in wetland areas and in culverts under the highway, and is part of the City of Wayzata's local storm sewer system.  No agricultural use continues to benefit from the ditch.