Drainage Law

About the Law


Minnesota’s Drainage Law is applied throughout the state. It is also known as the “Drainage Code.” It determines how privately-owned county ditches are managed.

The Drainage Code was initiated in the late 1800s, along with federal grants to ensure that the nation’s swamps would be drained. The purpose of the law was to establish a process to oversee drainage management among the ditch owners.

Blue Earth County follows state law as it relates to drainage.

Additional Information


The Minnesota State law for drainage may be viewed online. If you have questions about Blue Earth County’s ditches or drainage law, please contact the Taxpayer Services Department at (507) 304-4251 or send an email.