Economics of Ditch Maintenance in Northwestern Ohioby Robert L. Burris, Soil Conservation Service, Columbus, OH, USA,
Dana C. Chapman, Soil Conservation Service, Columbus, OH, USA,
Gary L. Overmier, Soil Conservation Service, Columbus, OH, USA,
Abstract: A history of drainage and settlement in the Black Swamp of Northwestern Ohio is presented. The Ohio Ditch Law and county ditch maintenance program is explained. An economic comparison of annual maintenance to periodic reconstruction is shown to be cost effective. In addition, a method of estimating the annual cost of maintenance as a function of ditch length is shown for certain soil types. Current design, construction, and maintenance techniques are also reviewed.
Subject Headings: Maintenance | Economic factors | Drainage | Water resources | Water conservation | Wetlands (fresh water) | History | Comparative studies | North America | Ohio | United States
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