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Ohio Drainage Law

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Ohio ‘drainage law’ consists of court precedent set through past civil litigation establishing doctrine for how court cases are decided. In general, one is obliged to pass along and receive water as it naturally flows. See external resource links for more information.

Drainage Statutes:

Obstructing ditch, drain, or watercourse - duty of superintendent

Floodplain management activities

Petition to soil and water conservation district supervisors for construction of conservation improvement

Single County Ditches

Joint County Ditches

Interstate County Ditches

Ditch Maintenance Fund

Water Quality Statutes Related to Drainage:

Water Pollution Control

Water quality certification application requirements and procedures