Where can I find resources answers regarding drainage easements on a piece of property?
There are several resources regarding drainage easements on property and how they are established.
- The property deed should be reviewed as it will include legally recorded references to any drainage easement on the land.
- A land surveyor should be contacted regarding any drainage easements. The surveyor should be able to provide references regarding drainage easements and how they were established on a piece of property.
- The town should be able to provide records of any resolutions associated with any original development which may be related to providing an easement. A drainage easement typically gives the highway department, the Soil & Water Conservation District, or another organization the ability to access property to clear drainage courses and structures to prevent damage to the roadways and properties.
- The local Soil and Water Conservation District may also be able to provide assistance regarding drainage easements.
- The Cornell Local Roads Program has a publication that discusses many of these kinds of issues (see link under resources.)
Drainage Law and Drainage Situations and Problems in New York State