We are receiving several calls each week from residents experiencing water in their ditches or areas around their homes. Most of the water is from sump pumps, as well downspouts that discharge into the ditch. To help alleviate some of the water going into the ditches, water from downspouts is to be discharged in to your yard. The standing water makes it very difficult to maintain the ditches and many of you have tried to resolve the situation on your own. Please remember, the ditches and drainage easements are owned by the Town and any grading, filling, or planting of vegetation is not permitted without permission from the Town. Town officials are attempting to offer solutions whenever possible. However, many of the solutions are very costly and need to encompass several properties. Oftentimes, these are long term projects and rely on grants to be completed.