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Hi Everyone, I am building a new home on the outskirts of a subdivision that has a drainage ditch that runs through our property in the back. The bad news is this makes our yard smaller since we have another 10 feet or more space on the other side of the drainage ditch. This ditch drops about 3-4 feet and creates a two sided hill. Does anyone have any ideas how I can gain the other side of my yard and cover/hide the drainage ditch enough to expand my yard more? Thanks!
 
Posts: 1 | Location: St. Louis area | Registered: Feb 09, 2014Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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The purpose of that drainage ditch is to move large quantities of water away fairly quickly. If you block that in some way and cause flooding on others property you could be held liable for any resulting damage.


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Posts: 8183 | Location: Twin Lake, MI USA | Registered: Aug 19, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I had one of those. It was a "drainage ditch" when we bought the house but when we went to sell it became a "creek". Smile

There is a lot you can do but it depends upon your local government so that is the first place to check. In our area we were allowed to put anything that was not permanent and with the awareness that they may have to access the area at the area at some time in the future and that what we put there may be destroyed.

That sounds scarer then it is. They never needed access and they are respectful of what is there. One thing we were allowed was to put a bridge across the ditch to access the fR side.

Ours was a wild area; trees, shrubs, scrub. A little on the house side of the ditch but mostly on the far side. Though it was city it was amazing the number of wildlife that visited the water. It provided a nice buffer between us and the neighbor.

I can also see it nicely landscaped. Depends what you like. But start with your city or county and see what is allowed. I would not even consider covering a ditch but use it as a design opportunity.
 
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