46A-11A-1Statewide mediation program to assist property owners in resolving disputes over surface or subsurface water drainage.

The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources shall establish and administer a statewide mediation program to provide assistance to property owners who seek to use mediation as a method to resolve disputes over the surface or subsurface drainage of water.

The secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources shall promulgate rules pursuant to chapter 1-26 necessary for mediation, including the establishment of fees, training requirements for mediators, mediation request forms, mediation timeline, notification and intervention procedures, and any other mediation procedures as may be necessary for the mediation of drainage disputes. The parties to the mediation created under this chapter shall be limited to the person or parties that own or administer real property impacted by the planned drainage or drainage dispute.

Source: SL 2015, ch 226, § 1; SL 2021, ch 1 (Ex. Ord. 21-3), § 51, eff. Apr. 19, 2021.