Debris can sometimes block waterways preventing the free flow of water, which can lead to floods and damaged roads. But who is responsible for clearing the debris?
Often, the landowner adjacent to the waterway is responsible to clear debris. The debris may be removed using backhoes and other machinery. The landowner should try to keep the machinery out of the waterway to prevent any leaks of fuel or oil. If the machinery must be used in the waterway, the Army Corps of Engineers should be contacted for written approval.