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Minnesota Drainage Law and Related Provisions
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.orgCitation: 2016 10th International Drainage Symposium Conference, 6-9 September 2016, Minneapolis, Minnesota .(doi:10.13031/IDS.20162523011)
Authors: Allan M. Kean
Keywords: agriculture, drainage, policy, water management.
Primarily petition based, except routine repairs.
Drainage proceedings typically require noticing and conducting of hearings.
Key advisors to drainage authorities and benefited landowners include engineers, legal counsel, county auditors, drainage inspectors, and viewers.
Viewers determine monetary benefits and damages of drainage systems using mass appraisal methods at the scale of a lot, 40-acre (16.19 ha) tract, and fraction of a lot or tract under separate ownership.
Drainage system costs for right-of-way acquisition, construction and repair are assessed pro rata to the benefited properties, based on relative benefits.
As public waters, wetland conservation, water quality and related law developed from the mid-1900s to the present time in Minnesota, additional requirements, permissive authorities and considerations have been added to drainage law. These include environmental, land use and multipurpose water management considerations and authorities.(Download PDF) (Export to EndNotes)