Municipal Drainage.

In the late 1800’s, Alexander Baird, one of the original drainage engineering pioneers in Ontario created the canal system known as the Holland Marsh, a 7,200 acre municipally drained polder in Bradford, ON as well as the dyke system in south-east Leamington, Ontario.

Bruce D. Crozier Engineering has prepared drainage reports under provisions of The Drainage Act for the past 30 years and for the majority of the Municipalities in Essex County.  These Projects have included reconstruction of existing open and enclosed Municipal Drains as well as the design and construction of new Municipal Drains, pump stations, bridges, culverts and stormwater management facilities across all of Essex County.

In that time, over 500 projects have been prepared with respect to Drainage Reports, Maintenance Schedules, Maintenance Profiles and Cost Apportionments.  In addition, over 100 reports have been prepared with respect to Stormwater Management and over 200 reports for access bridges and culverts.

  • Plans, profiles and specifications of the drainage works and a description of the area requiring drainage.
  • An estimate of the total cost.
  • An assessment schedule showing the amount or proportion of the cost to be assessed against every parcel of land and road for benefit and outlet liability.
  • Allowances, if any, to be paid to the owners of the lands affected by the drainage works.

The Act provides many appealing possibilities for the landowners

Under “The Drainage Act” the Council of the Municipality acts as the facilitator in providing drainage works upon the request of landowners in the Municipality.  The Drainage Act provides a process for a landowner to obtain a sufficient outlet for a watershed area.  The Act provides many appeal possibilities for the landowners.  Council and the Drainage Superintendent have a responsibility to provide information about the Drainage Act, the procedures involved, and then follow up with the necessary maintenance programs on behalf of all the owners on the drain.

The Drainage Act states what must be contained in an engineer’s report.  Listed below are the various report elements as required by the Act.