I am finally getting the hang of this thing. Behold: titles!
The ponding in my area of Ohio is terrible. Slabs of icy areas that thaw and freeze. And thanks to the ineptness of my friendly neighborhood engineer and ditch maintenance people who refused to do decent grading, my fir trees are standing in water. Pools of water. If I could go out there and do anything about it I would…… but I will have to wait and see.
There are times when you are simply helpless.
There is no defense for those engineering wonders….. just following through on what they agreed to do in grading away from my trees would have been sufficient. I did learn one thing. Get all agreements in writing and oversee the work. Do not trust that people in your local government care about your concerns. You are responsible to check on the work they are doing. If I knew then what I know now, I would have requested that my topsoil be saved on my land; I would have put an orange fence around my trees; I would have been present during the entire procedure of grading. I learned so late. I did protest on where the drain went….. although they penalized me by making me do the finish work of filling in their unsatisfactory area, reseeding, etc. myself.
Passive-aggressive petty bureaucrats. Require obsessive-compulsive and picyune responses.
Or your property will suffer. And you will suffer no matter what, so you might as well get the end result you can live with. At least know you tried.