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I don't think that it's the property owner's responsibility to maintain the ditch.

I believe that you cannot sell the property without informing the buyer of the easement. That's because the owner cannot build on the area - it must be kept available to the company or town or person who has the easement.

For instance, a field we own next to our house has an easement through it allowing the town (or maybe it's our county) to build a drainage ditch through the middle of it. Although my property is large enough to subdivide, the field (excluding the easement) isn't large enough to be built upon, so it's basically useless as a building lot. I can use it, if I want, for gardenning or to keep a horse or two.

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