OUR VIEW: Don’t fail to seize chance for solutions on drainageWhile we’re pleased to see Davison County has done something about drainage, we’re convinced the county commissioners have not gone nearly far enough.
While we’re pleased to see Davison County has done something about drainage, we’re convinced the county commissioners have not gone nearly far enough.
Tuesday, the commissioners appointed a new drainage board consisting of five county residents and two commissioners. Until now, the drainage board has consisted entirely of county commissioners.
Perhaps the county residents on the board will have some good ideas and push them through. We’re afraid, however, that it’ll just be new people making the same old reactive decisions about the various drainage permit requests that come to county government.
Following the flooding of the past two years, momentum built toward a regionwide approach to fixing drainage issues. Government officials and private citizens both came to realize that we’re all connected, and drainage issues aren’t contained within county lines on a map. Drainage ditches and culverts, if not located or maintained properly, can have dire effects on faraway farms, homes and businesses when heavy rains come.
For a while, there was talk of various counties banding together to undertake studies of drainage problems. That would be a good approach, not only because drainage problems need to be addressed across watersheds rather than within small governmental boundaries, but also because counties could split the costs.
Talk of such a proactive approach seems to have waned, much like the flooding has subsided on local rivers, lakes and creeks over the past weeks and months. It seems that once the problem was out of sight, it was out of mind, too.
That’s unfortunate. Depending on what Mother Nature brings, we could face another round of flood-related drainage problems next spring. If we haven’t taken a regionwide approach to solving the problem by then, we’ll be that much farther behind in our battle against the water.