Who Do I Call If…
Drainage ProblemsResidents in the incorporated and unincorporated areas frequently have trouble determining who to call when they have a stormwater ponding or drainage problem. They frequently call several governmental units before determining who can respond to the problem or that they are going to have to solve the problem privately.
As a general rule, whoever owns the drainage way, pond, stream, pipe, etc., is ultimately responsible for its upkeep. In the case of tiles and storm sewers, in some instances upstream property owners or units of government may own easements for maintenance.
In most cases, the private property owner is responsible for maintaining the portion of the drainage system that is located in the property and solving localized drainage problems on the private property.
Local Drainage System MaintenanceBelow are a description of various government agencies and their area of responsibility for local drainage system maintenance.
Lake County Stormwater Management Commission (SMC)
SMC relies on other government agencies to respond to common drainage issues like individuals' yard drainage problems. SMC does take referrals from other agencies when the problems is of a watershed or regional scale, involves interjurisdictional issues or involves a violation of the Watershed Development Ordinance. SMC compiles data on drainage problems for watershed planning purposes, and facilitates coordination with other agencies when indicated.