Who pays for ditch improvements and repairs?

Property owners who are benefited by the ditch are the ones who pay for ditch improvements and repairs. For public ditches, the county pays the contractor and assesses all costs back to the benefited property owners through a special assessment. Benefiting property owners are not simply those who own property adjacent to the public ditch. In many cases the benefiting property owners include numerous land owners within the watershed area of the entire ditch. To view Public Ditch Watershed area maps, please consult the 2016 Inventory Chisago County Public Ditch System Report.

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1. What is a public ditch?
2. Can the general public hunt along or use a public ditch for recreational purposes?
3. A public ditch is blocked or needs repair. What can be done to solve this problem?
4. I want to do some work in a public ditch. How do I get permission?
5. Who pays for ditch improvements and repairs?
6. When is the "one rod" ditch buffer required on a public ditch?
7. What is a ditch repair?
8. What is a ditch improvement?