Duties of the Lake County Surveyor's Drainage Department
The County Surveyor is an ex-officio and a non-voting member of the County Drainage Board, and is the technical authority on the construction, reconstruction, and maintenance of all regulated drains or proposed regulated drains in the county.
Regulated drains are open ditches or piped storm water conveyances serving sizeable tributary areas of agricultural, residential, commercial, and industrial land. Lake County maintains about 600 miles of regulated drain.
The County Surveyor prepares specifications, seeks public bids, and supervises the contractual work that constructs, reconstructs, repairs, and maintains the county’s system of drains.
The County Surveyor’s statutory duties and powers with regard to the county’s drainage board and regulated drains are more specifically described at IC 36-9-27, which may be accessed via a link posted on this page.
The Lake County Drainage Board is comprised of the three county commissioners. For information regarding the county commissioners, contact their staff at 219-755-3200.
The Lake County Drainage Board meets at or about 9:00 am, on the third Wednesday of each calendar month. The County Surveyor publishes the board’s agenda, and minutes of the board’s meetings. To access the board’s agenda or minutes, use the links posted on this page.