Noxious weed control within the 3000 miles of
County road right-of-way is the responsibility of the
Department of Public Works (Public Works). In general, roadside
noxious weeds along these County roads are subject to herbicide
treatment by Public Works staff on an annual basis.
Public Works and the Weed Board
that some owners with property adjacent to County road corridors
prefer to control noxious weeds in these designated roadside areas
themselves. To address these preferences we've developed the Owner
Will Maintain program (OWM).
Through contractual arrangement, Stevens
County landowners adjacent to County roads may assume the responsibility
for control or eradication of noxious weeds from Public Works.
In simple terms, the OWM program
participant is saying that they donít want the weeds along their
roadside sprayed by Public Works and they are willing to take over the
weed control in the right-of-way. If the landowner does not adequately
control the weeds in the right-of-way, after proper notification, the
County may take care of the control work and bill the landowner. Details
can be found on the OWM Contract Page.