Why is my project ineligible?

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Some projects may not be eligible for the County program, due to one of the following situations:


  • Project only affecting one or two properties: These projects are deemed to be localized drainage problems and are the responsibility of the individual property owners.


  • Project influenced by tidal waters: No work by the County is performed in tidal waters.


  • Jurisdiction of a State or Federal agency: Work needs to be performed by the agency responsible for the area of the blockage.  Typically this involves culverts or ditches within the State right-of-way.  In this case, the County notifies the proper agency and turn the project over to them. Citizens have the option of contacting VDOT directly at 1-800-367-7623.


    The County may have initially determined that your potential project was eligible for further investigation, but it may have been placed on hold due to one of the following reasons:


  • Permission to walk the project was not given: One or more property owners along the ditch will not give permission for us to enter the property for evaluation.


  • Easement not given: One or more property owners along the ditch will not consent to an easement to perform the maintenance work required to restore positive drainage.

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