Kittson County Ditch #7
About Kittson County Ditch #7
Township(s)/County: Svea and Kittson
Fund Balance 12/31/14: $501
2016 Levy: $15,000
A 6.5 mile long drainage ditch built in the early 1900’s, The ditch begins at the Burlington Northern railroad tracks just northwest of the City of Donaldson and flows straight west to outlet into Judicial Ditch #10, which in turn outlets into a natural coulee, which outlets into the Red River of the North.
This system is inspected annually and
maintenance activities are undertaken if deemed
necessary. These activities range from beaver dam removal and beaver trapping to spraying of cattail and
other nuisance vegetation to removal of silt and sediment to repair of sloughed side slopes or eroded
culverts. Detailed maintenance reports are kept and filed each year in the ditch file.
The District as the ditch authority for these ditches is also responsible for maintaining a ditch fund to pay
for maintenance expenses. Each year the District assesses
the needs of each ditch and a tax is levied
against the "benefited area" of each ditch, if necessary and if the funding is needed. Each year the
District certifies this levy to the County Auditor of the County where the ditch is located.