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I have an ongoing problem with my lawn getting killed by contamination coming on my property after rain. I have contacted all elected officials for help and contacted EPA. No one seems interested in doing anything to get it stopped. The Ohio EPA actually told me to quit complaining. Federal EPA says it is an Ohio EPA issue. I was even told that I had no right to complain about what happens in the side ditch in front of my house because it is county property. But, my deed says that the center of the road is the property line. They have been issued warnings about controlling storm water runoff, but it never stops. There are two government agencies that are or could be in charge of regulating the place, each say the other is responsible.
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Is that sewage? Did you try the health department? Fill in the ditch and let it run somewhere else?
Motor oil, antifreeze, diesel fuel, and anything else that can leak out of crushed cars and trucks. Right now they are stacked about 30 feet high. The pictures are my backyard about half way down a 300 foot lot. I have pictures that show even more damage. These are the most recent.
 

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Is that sewage? Did you try the health department? Fill in the ditch and let it run somewhere else?
As far as the health department goes, they tested my well water sending samples to the EPA. They said it isn’t a problem unless it affects navigable waters….
 

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You don't own to the center of the road. Some sort of government entity owns it, be it the county, state, etc.... We really can't see much from the pictures, but it seems the water is draining into the ditch like it's supposed to. From there, if you don't want it to continue into your yard you need to make your yard higher in that spot. Again, we can't see if that's feasible in those pics, but water is going to follow the path of least resistance. But you've talked to everyone you need to talk to, if it was someone to force into action they would have done it. The EPA likes nothing more than to justify their existence. At this point it seems fairly straight forward that it's your issue. Sucks, but sometimes that's part of ownership.
 

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There is no side ditch where this picture is taken. This is the middle of my backyard from front to back. About 150 feet from the side ditch in front.
 

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You could go with M.Magis's answer of raisng your yard , or do the opposite and bring in a backhoe and deepen the ditch until you no longer have a flooding issue. There is an alternative to dealing with govt. As#$%ts like the EPA
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Does your community have a Zoning department? Is so, I would approach them about the legality of the operation on your neighbors property and their seeming inability to control the residule contaminates that this operation produces. If there is no Zoning then you might want to contact an Attorney and talk to them abouit the very same issues and they can toss in the potential threatening health factors that this operation might be creating for neighboring properties. No matter what, it is an action that must be directed at the property owner directly either thru local governing agencies or thru legal methods. What the hell makes someone do something like that? Who the hell wants to be the people in the house that no one wants in the neighborhood? Good luck, he not only kills your grass but he also kills your property value. Filthy bastard.
 
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You don't own to the center of the road. Some sort of government entity owns it, be it the county, state, etc.... ...
That is wrong. He stated his deed lists the centerline as the property line so he owns to the centerline. Yours may not be that way and many are not but many still are. The portion within the R/W is subject to use as R/W and likely he can’t build anything permanent in it but he still owns it. Some sort of government entity has responsibility for the R/W but doesn't own the property in it.
 

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That is wrong. He stated his deed lists the centerline as the property line so he owns to the centerline. Yours may not be that way and many are not but many still are. The portion within the R/W is subject to use as R/W and likely he can’t build anything permanent in it but he still owns it. Some sort of government entity has responsibility for the R/W but doesn't own the property in it.
He may pay taxes on it, but for all intents and purposes, he doesn’t own it.
 

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Does your community have a Zoning department? Is so, I would approach them about the legality of the operation on your neighbors property and their seeming inability to control the residule contaminates that this operation produces. If there is no Zoning then you might want to contact an Attorney and talk to them abouit the very same issues and they can toss in the potential threatening health factors that this operation might be creating for neighboring properties. No matter what, it is an action that must be directed at the property owner directly either thru local governing agencies or thru legal methods. What the hell makes someone do something like that? Who the hell wants to be the people in the house that no one wants in the neighborhood? Good luck, he not only kills your grass but he also kills your property value. Filthy bastard.
I am 71 disabled and have a list of health problems. December 23rd I had an emergency tracheotomy. Two weeks later my whole colon was removed on a Sunday evening surgery.
As it is I have no idea how I could get this place sold for what it should be worth. This is the fix they made to the fence after they knocked it down loading a junk car. This is what it looks like from my side.
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It's time for an Attorney....who isn't afraid to litigate.
You need an attorney who will put the fear of God and a massive lawsuit into your neighbors soul.
Also, if what you are describing is true, your neighbors have to be violating several federal and/or state laws.
 
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