The District does not allow the property owner to obstruct the easement.  The reason for this requirement is to allow District personnel “unobstructed” access to conduct weed control spraying, mowing, and other canal maintenance activities.  Locked gates, fences, disabled vehicles, etc. impede these activities, and therefore, raise the cost of providing maintenance.  Some people believe that these canal easements are “public property”, they are not.  The only people allowed to utilize canal easement are the underlying property owner and the District staff.  All others are trespassing.