Staff Report

The US Army Corps of Engineers issued a statement Friday regarding the recent passage of the America's Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 reminding Rough River Lake landowners that they must still follow appropriate procedures to resolve flowage easement encroachments.

In a press release, the Corps says that, while the act prohibits the government from collecting administrative fees for the processing of landowners' flowage easement encroachment resolutions and allows for the return of any administrative fees already paid by landowners, landowners are still required to follow a process to obtain release of flowage easements over their property.

This process, intended to resolve identified encroachments on the Corps' flowage easements (lands which the Corps may inundate with water in situations such as flooding), includes providing surveys, septic inspections, and copies of deeds, and, the release states, that the America's Water Infrastructure Act does not affect any fees landowners may have to pay or have paid to other parties for these documents.

"The Corps of Engineers will continue to work with landowners as we move through this process," the statement reads.

Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact the Corps' Rough River Lake Project Office at 270-257-2061.