State Ditch #85 Improvement

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About State Ditch #85 Improvement

Miles: .75

Township(s)/County: Poppleton and Kittson

Fund Balance 12/31/14: $11,905

2016 Levy: $6,000

Established – 2004
Recent maintenance - Survey (2012)
Typical Section – Variable bottom width, variable side slopes
Ditch Grade - Variable



The District received a petition in May of 2002 for the improvement of SD #85. The improvement extended the ditch approximately 3/4 mile to outlet in the North Branch of Two Rivers located in the northwest corner of section 1 of Poppleton Township, Kittson County. Following a public meeting regarding the petition, the Final Engineer's report was filed with the District on October 7, 2003 and viewer's were obtained to determine benefits for the improvement. The Viewer's Report was then received on December 2, 2003. The project was approved and completed in 2004.



This system is inspected annually and maintenance activities are undertaken if deemed necessary. These activities range from beaver dam removal and beaver trapping to spraying of cattail and other nuisance vegetation to removal of silt and sediment to repair of sloughed side slopes or eroded culverts. Detailed maintenance reports are kept and filed each year in the ditch file. The District as the ditch authority for these ditches is also responsible for maintaining a ditch fund to pay for maintenance expenses. Each year the District assesses the needs of each ditch and a tax is levied against the "benefited area" of each ditch, if necessary and if the funding is needed. Each year the District certifies this levy to the County Auditor of the County where the ditch is located.