The Town drainage ordinance & policy is used to guide decision makers and Town engineers in assisting residents with drainage concerns. The Town of Buchanan owns all roadway ditches and right-of-way areas adjacent local roads. By ordinance, property owners are responsible for general maintenance of these areas such as mowing, weed and brush removal. Any other changes to ditches by landowners must be approved by the Town. Property owners seeking to make alterations to a roadside ditch or other drainage way, must complete the ditch & right-of-way drainage improvement permit application found below.
The Town of Buchanan completed a Comprehensive Drainage Study in 2011. Drainage (ditches) and stormwater issues have been identified by the Town Board as a priority issue. With the assistance of the Town Engineer, the Town's goal is to identify and implement long-term solutions to the drainage issues commonly reported by residents. The Town Engineer has completed a ranking of potential projects using a ranking/evaluation system provided in the study. For further information on the study or implementation contact the Town Administrator.
The Town of Buchanan is under regulations by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to reduce stormwater pollutants under its MS4 General Permit. These requirements detailed in the Wisconsin Administrative Code NR216.
The Town of Buchanan is also served by the Garners Creek Stormwater Utility. The Garners Creek Storm Water Utility is a public entity that was created by the Town/Village of Harrison, Town of Buchanan, and Village of Combined Locks. The purpose of the Utility is to reduce flooding, improve stream bank erosion and enhance water quality along Garners Creek and its tributary streams.
The following is some basic information about on-going or recently completed pond development projects in Buchanan:
Please note that ponds are not to be used for swimming or fishing and domestic animals are not allowed to enter the water.
The Town of Buchanan is required to implement and enforce erosion control for new construction in the Town. Inspections are completed on these properties. For information on erosion control inspections click here: Erosion Control Inspection Reports.
The Town of Buchanan is required to annually report on activities regarding compliance with NR216 to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Reports that have been submitted for the last few years are provided below.
The Town of Buchanan has adopted an Illicit Discharge & Connection Ordinance to prevent and eliminate illicit discharges to the stormwater management system of the Town. Generally, the illicit discharge ordinance requires the following: