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15.20.01.00.htm 15.20.01.00. Title 15 DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE Subtitle 20 SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION Chapter 01 Agricultural Drainage Projects Authority: Agriculture Article, ยง2-103 and 8-603, Annotated Code of Maryland
15.20.01.01.htm 15.20.01.01. 01 Purpose.. These regulations establish the requirements for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of agricultural drainage projects that are financed or managed by public drainage associations. To the maximum extent practicable, these regulations assure protection of natural resources and prevent water pollution by non-point source pollutants associated with agricultural drainage projects.
15.20.01.02.htm 15.20.01.02. 02 Definitions.. A. The following terms have the meanings indicated.. B. Terms Defined.. 1) "Agricultural drainage project" (project) means the construction, reconstruction, repair, straightening, widening, or deepening of any ditch, drain, canal, or other watercourse, natural or man-made, financed or managed by a public drainage association to lower the water level in the soil of adjacent lands for agricultural purposes.2) "Association" and "public drainage association"
15.20.01.03.htm 15.20.01.03. 03 General Requirements.. A. Required Plans.. 1) For any project constructed or reconstructed before the effective date of this chapter, the following apply:a) All associations which operate and maintain a project shall submit to the Secretary for approval:. i) Within 1 year of the effective date of this chapter, an inspection report for the project detailing the conditions of the association's drainage system, andii) Within 5 years of the effective date of this c
15.20.01.04.htm 15.20.01.04. 04 Agricultural Drainage Project Plans.. A. Construction or Reconstruction Plan Requirements. Before constructing or reconstructing a project, an association shall comply with the following:1) Submit four copies of the construction or reconstruction plan to the Secretary for approval.. 2) The construction or reconstruction plan shall include:. a) A transmittal letter to the Secretary, including:. i) The name of the association;.
15.20.01.05.htm 15.20.01.05. 05 Construction or Reconstruction Design Criteria.. The design of a project shall conform to the following criteria:. A. Channel Design.. 1) An outlet shall be designated for each channel to permit the discharge of water by gravity flow or pumping.2) All channels shall be sloped and aligned to produce stable channels.. 3) Water Control Structures.. a) The channel design shall include necessary water control structures for the efficient functioning of the channels. These s
15.20.01.06.htm 15.20.01.06. 06 Construction and Maintenance Criteria.. A. In-stream Excavation. Except with the written permission of the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources, in-stream excavation or clearing is prohibited between the following dates:1) October 1 through April 30 in natural trout waters;. 2) March 1 through May 31 in recreational trout waters; and. 3) March 15 through June 15 in anadromous fish spawning waters.. B. Clearing and Snagging..
15.20.01.07.htm 15.20.01.07. 07 Operation and Maintenance Program Criteria.. The operation and maintenance program for a project shall conform to the following:. A. General Maintenance. General maintenance to a channel, maintenance areas, and right-of-ways includes the:1) Removal of obstructions, debris, and sediment;. 2) Control of woody growth;. 3) Cleaning out of permanent sediment traps;. 4) Installation of necessary sediment traps;. 5) Installation of necessary water control structu
15.20.01.08.htm 15.20.01.08. 08 Agency Approval of a Plan.. A. In this regulation, "plan" means a construction or reconstruction plan, or operation and maintenance plan, or both, as appropriate.B. Plan Submission.. 1) Within 14 days of receiving a project plan, the Secretary of Agriculture shall forward a copy to the Secretaries of Natural Resources and the Environment.2) The Departments of Natural Resources and the Environment shall have 60 calendar days from receipt to review a plan and res
15.20.01.09.htm 15.20.01.09. 09 Inspection and Enforcement.. A. Channel Inspection by the Association.. 1) The association managers or designee shall inspect the project within 2 weeks following any storm which results in water flow exceeding channel capacity.2) An association shall send a written inspection report to the Secretary not later than 90 days following the storm event. The report shall:a) Detail the damage to the channels, vegetation, and water control structures; and. b) Describe needed repair
15.20.01.9999.htm 15.20.01.9999. Administrative History Effective date: August 1, 1986 (13:14 Md. R. 1635). Regulation .02B amended effective August 2, 2004 (31:15 Md. R. 1186). Regulation .05F amended effective August 2, 2004 (31:15 Md. R. 1186). Regulation .08B, C amended effective August 2, 2004 (31:15 Md. R. 1186). Regulation .09B, C amended effective August 2, 2004 (31:15 Md. R. 1186).
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