- MSD Crew: MSD's Maintenance Division maintains and repairs existing drainage systems and facilities and
also improves drainage systems on a limited basis. Maintenance work is any
construction activity which can be completed in 5 crew days or less. However, ditch
mowing is a maintenance activity regardless of the number of crew days necessary to
complete a job. Any drainage improvement which does not conform to this general
description is a capital or engineering solution.
- Routine Mowing Program: MSD's
Maintenance Division maintains a map of improved channels which are included in the
Routine Mowing Program. These channels are typically mowed 2 to 4 times a
year. Improved channels included in the program, which are located in residential
areas, may be mowed 3 to 4 times per year. Improved channels in the program, which
are located in commercial areas may be mowed 1 to 2 times per year. Typically, MSD's
Maintenance Division hires outside contractors for assistance. As a part of this
program, MSD will identify channels that can be included in no-mow zones. MSD
policies encourage the preservation of natural vegetation and trees as helpful to water
quality, erosion control, removal of pollutants from run-off and preservation of natural
- Neighborhood Maintenance Program
- Study Area:
A drainage study is MSD's way of thoroughly reviewing the drainage facilities and
problems throughout a large area, generally one-half square mile, so that the utility can
determine what can be done to improve the area's drainage service. MSD hires
engineering consulting firms to evaluate the problems and identify the most effective way
of addressing the drainage service requests. If the study conducted by a consultant
confirms that a construction project is needed, MSD may ask for the project funds
depending upon the problem's severity and the project's priority.
- Watershed Master Plan:
This is a drainage study over an entire watershed. The 11 major watersheds in
MSD's service area are Cedar Creek, Floyd's Fork, Goose Creek, Harrods Creek, Mill Creek,
Middle Fork Beargrass Creek, Muddy Fork Beargrass Creek, Pennsylvania Run, Pond Creek,
South Fork Beargrass Creek and Ohio River.
- Capital Construction Projects: These are generally large drainage improvement projects that
require detailed engineering and other resources to create, install or significantly
improve drainage systems. They are currently planned five years in advance.
Frequently, these projects come out of the Study Area Program.
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