Failure to do so could result in fines up to $1 million for municipalities or $250,000 for individuals, not to mention possible imprisonment for up to one year.
Complying with the Drainage Act can be a challenge at times, but there's a history and knowledge base of how to manage within its confines, so there isn't a lot of concern with it. The ESA is something entirely different. Within the ESA, there are different species, with mitigating measures, timing window restrictions, and best management practices. Extra complications include identifying the particular species involved and understanding its potential vulnerability to the crop growing nearby, its growing season and its water cycling needs. For the full story, click here.