Bath Highway Drain

Owner: Clinton County Drain Commissioner

Water is impounded at the Drain outlet to create duck habitat

Water is impounded at the Drain outlet to create duck habitat. The rectangular object in the foreground is a level control structure that allows the Drain Commissioner to lower water levels for maintenance purposes.

The Bath Highway Drain serves a one-half square mile of rural land east of the Village of Bath. The Drain consists of approximately 4,300 feet of 12″ and 8″ vitrified clay tile drain and 1,000 feet of open ditch. Tree roots penetrated the tile drain, choking flows and causing surface flooding over Clark Road – a county road that bisects the Drainage District. Dangerous flooding over Clark Road prompted the local municipality to petition for drain improvements.

DC Engineering supplemented the county’s GIS and topographic mapping with ground elevations along the established drain route. Scope of construction work included 100% replacement of the old tile with dual wall HDPE pipe. Open ditch sections were cleaned out to improve flows. A level-control structure was installed at the outlet of an in-line pond to facilitate future maintenance. Anti-seepage diaphragms were installed on the outlet pipe to prevent water from seeping along the newly constructed utility trench.

In several locations, the existing route and course were modified to accommodate property owners and minimize impact to the land. DC Engineering prepared new easement descriptions and a revised route and course for the Drain.

DC Engineering provided construction survey layout for the project. The Clinton County Drain Commissioner provided construction inspection. An as-constructed survey of completed work was performed and record drawings produced for the Drain Office.

The Bath Highway Drain was constructed in the fall of 2014, after agricultural crops were harvested.