Smoron Surveys the Field of Illinois Drainage Law

March 29, 2011

Crystal Lake lawyer Michael J. Smoron examined a range of Illinois statutory and common law issues at the Drainage Workshop for Decision Makers on March 25, 2011. The event took place at the McHenry County Soil and Water Conservation District in Woodstock.

Smoron is a partner in Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, the largest law firm in McHenry County. The co-author of the 2006 publication “In the Zone: Update on Land Use Cases and Litigation,” he has an extensive background in land use and local government law.

During his talk, Smoron spoke on the principles of natural drainage, obstructing surface water flow, and good husbandry in agricultural and residential settings. He detailed aspects of the Illinois Drainage Code that relate to ditches, covered drains and levees. Smoron also described important considerations raised by the Illinois Plat Act, the Tort Immunity Act, prescriptive use of improper drainage obstruction, and delays and financing problems that drainage litigation can cause.

For more information on how drainage law issues may affect you, please contact Michael J. Smoron at (815) 459-2050.