There is a drainage easement in my backyard and it's overgrown?


The City does not perform regular maintenance on most drainage easements within the City. A drainage easement is a document providing the City the right to place public water on private property. Property within a drainage easement belongs to the property owner, and not the City. Further, the property owner is responsible for removing trash, keeping vegetation mowed, and similar maintenance activities. The City only becomes involved when there is a major blockage, or infrastructure failure. The City can also become involved when structures, like fences, are built in a drainage easement or property owners bring in fill to the easement.