• Prior to any work being done in the Channel or easement areas, landowners must seek permission from the Chippewa Subdistrict.

There are currently two types of easements in use for the Flood Control System.

1. Channel Construction and Maintenance Easement
The Channel Construction and Maintenance Easement allows Subdistrict staff to enter private property to inspect, maintain and permanently operate the Chippewa Flood Control System.

The easement grants Subdistrict staff permission to cut, clear, trim, and dispose of obstructive woody debris and foliage as necessary to accomplish maintenance, and the right to place appropriate spoilage removed from the channel upon the surface of the adjacent land within the easement as described below. All dirt and spoilage material shall be piled, spread or windrowed as requested by the landowner providing said request does not increase the cost or hinder or interfere with operation and performance of the Flood Control System.

Photo shows workers mowing a section of Chippewa Creek. For more information on this project, click here.


The easement also prevents disturbance of the sodded condition of the berms and the right to prevent construction of any type that would in any way impede the free flow of water either in the improved channel or on the adjacent berms or interfere with maintenance unless approved in advance by the Subdistrict.

This easement, except for purposes of ingress and egress, is limited to the area occupied by the channel as shown by the Official Plan as amended and to the areas extending outward from the top of each side of the channel for a distance of 150 feet along channels having a bottom width of 60 feet or more, and extending outward from the top of each side of the channel for a distance of 100 feet along channels having a bottom width of less than 60 feet. Subdistrict staff shall use the existing drives and pathways wherever reasonably possible.

2. Flowage Easement
A flowage easement, in effect at each of the dam locations, provides for the right to back water over land up to the maximum flow line elevation as defined in the Official Plan and also the right for Subdistrict staff to enter that property to remove any impediments to the efficient operation of the flood control system. No buildings or structures shall be built below the maximum flow line elevation except by permission of the Subdistrict.

If you have questions or concerns about debris or structures within these easements, please contact us.