Brush Control Program
Program BenefitsOur vegetative brush control program treated 28.3 miles of drain in 2019. One of the benefits of this program over the years has been that less chemical application is necessary as we are getting ahead of the brush and tree growth that often has a detrimental effect on the operation of the drains.
Public Act 40 of 1956, as amended (the Drain Code) provides for periodic inspections of County drains. Adequate access to drain right of ways by personnel and equipment is necessary for inspection and maintenance purposes. Once a maintenance or improvement project is performed on a drain that involves the added expense of clearing trees and brush from the drain channel and right-of-way, the drain will be inspected periodically to check for re-growth of trees and brush.
Vegetative Brush Control Policy
It shall be the policy of the Clinton County Drain Commissioner to manage the growth of trees and brush within drain channels and rights-of-way. Herbicide applications are a cost effective way to manage vegetation to reduce future maintenance costs. Periodically, drains are evaluated to check for growth of trees and brush that can obstruct the flow of water and block access to the right-of-way. If appropriate, herbicide application is scheduled. Licensed applicators will use low-volume methods for brush management.