Racine County Drainage District

Racine County Board of Drainage Commissioners currently has five districts under its jurisdiction. There are approximately 3,050 parcels of land within the five districts. All of the Districts were formed in the early 1900s as autonomous districts and boards. In 1993, the Wisconsin legislature enacted a statute which placed all districts within Racine County under the jurisdiction of Racine County Board of Drainage Commissioners (RCBDC).Farm #1 Waterford Drainage District includes portions of the Towns of Waterford and Norway and Village of Waterford.

"Drainage districts have major impacts on land use, and on individual land owners. The county drainage board must exercise its considerable power according to the law, and with due regard to the rights and interests of those affected.

Legislation under ch. 88, Wis.Stats., provides extensive authorities and responsibilities to county drainage boards. The county drainage board assists the county circuit court in creating drainage districts. After a drainage district is created, the county drainage board is responsible for:
  • operating and maintaining district drains and dams within district drains;
  • levying assessments against landowners who benefit from the drainage provided;
  • awarding damages, as appropriate, to landowners injured by the construction and maintenance of district dams;
  • inspecting the district drains and corridors;
  • making or recommending modifications to a drainage district; and
  • resolving drainage disputes, subject to applicable law."    
                                          from County Drainage Board Handbook

Public Hearing Notice:


Pending DNR Application regarding Rochester Dam operation in high flow periods.  March 14, 2017, 2:00 pm at Racine County Office Building, Ives Grove, 14200 Washington Ave, Sturtevant  Public Notice. Submit comments to Elaine.Johnson@wisconsin.gov or write to Elaine Johnson, 141 NW Barstow St, Room 180, Waukesha WI 53188. Comments must be emailed or postmarked within 30 days of this notice's publication on DNR website. Learn more by visiting https://permits.dnr.wi.gov/water/SitePages/Permit%20Search.aspx and search for Racine County Drainage District and select link for application docket IP-SE-2012-52-05673.

 
Monday, March 23, 2015;  5:30-6:30 pm;  Village Hall, 123 N River St., Waterford.  A notice was sent to riparian owners and nearby municipalities, and state, county and local officials. Meeting Agenda;  DNR PresentationRCDD Presentation;  Citizen Questions and Agency Responses
 

Drainage District Permit Requests


Rochester Dam DrawdownCanal Dredging

Rochester Dam Documents


DNR Stability AnalysisDNR Order RE Dam Operations;  
DNR Inspection, Operation & Maintenance Plan

Drainage Districts Information

See Drainage Districts Information
What is a Drainage District? 
Wisconsin State Statutes governing drainage districts
Racine County Farm Drainage District Interactive Map
County Drainage Board Handbook - Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection

Drainage District Commissioners

  1. c/o Knuteson, Hinkston & Quinn, S.C.
    500 College Avenue
    Racine, WI 53403
    262-633-2000

    Alvin R. Wilks, Chair
    Alan Jasperson, Sec/Treas
    Gregory H. Foat, Member
    John Vyvyan, Member
    Russell Weis, Member
    Todd.Boehne, State Drainage Engineer
    Fred Koeller -- Village of Waterford Attendee


  2. Correspondence


    Letter to DNR Requesting Public Information Meeting
    DNR Response to Meeting Request
Links
Fox River Citizen Group formed after the public information meeting regarding DNR permitting process in regards to the request for a permanent annual drawdown. The group is interested in assuring access to the Fox River for enjoying activities on the river and the wildlife that live and visit the river. 

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