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4.10 Ditches

Goal 10 - Public Ditches

Maintain public ditch systems within the District as required under Statutory jurisdiction.


None of the three public ditches within this subwatershed perform the function for which they were originally established – to drain lands for the promotion of agriculture.  The ditches for the most part have been converted to storm sewer.  Because those ditches are of localized rather than watershed-wide benefit, the Board will pursue turning jurisdiction of these ditches over to the local community.

Desired Outcomes:  Manage public ditches to maintain drainage.

Metrics:  Inspection requirements.

Goal 10.1 - Minnehaha Creek

Turn over to local communities jurisdiction over public ditches that no longer perform their original function and that serve mainly as local stormwater conveyances.


  1. If the cities are willing, turn back County Ditch #14, #17, and #29 to the cities served by them.
  2. Until such time as the proposed jurisdictional turnbacks are completed, manage the ditches in accordance with statutory rights and responsibilities, conducting annual inspections and making improvements as required.