Blue Earth County requests the cooperation of contractors and persons owning or renting land adjacent to County highway right of way.
It is not permissible to excavate a drainage ditch or tile into the County right of way without a permit from the Blue Earth County Highway Department for the following general concerns:
The agricultural drainage ditch may carry sediment into the highway ditch or erode the highway ditch resulting in higher maintenance costs.
The agricultural drainage ditch may drain a wetland or feedlot resulting in the County contributing to wetland drainage or pollution.
Highway ditches generally do not have an outlet to a river or County drainage ditches but rather are designed to accommodate the natural surface water drainage patterns. Draining a pothole into the highway ditch generally results in shifting water to an adjacent downstream landowner.
The County highway ditch is public land - private use of this right of way requires a permit.
For More Information
If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at (507) 304-4025.