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Blue Earth County DrainageBlog

Mar 31

New Office and Temporary Service

Posted on March 31, 2020 at 2:35 PM by Ryan Hiniker

JD15 outlet

The view from the JD15 outlet located in Lincoln Township.

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Mar 24

County Services during COVID 19

Posted on March 24, 2020 at 12:37 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 3/24/2020

 

Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • In response to the current COVID 19 situation, all hearings and meetings for drainage have been suspended for the time beingWe will send out new notices for all hearings and meetings as they are rescheduled.                                                                                            

COVID 19 and Blue Earth County Drainage:

Currently, almost all Blue Earth County departments are closed off to the public.  In fact, most of our county buildings have closed access to the public.  To care for the safety of our staff and others, this temporary closer was deemed a necessary precaution.  Staff continues to report to work every day.  However, some staff have the ability to work from home, while others are working from county offices.

We are still able to serve the public needs through our online presence, taking phone calls and we also have multiple drop box locations at most of our buildings for those needing to drop off paper work.

For the most up to date information on our departments, please see our website.  Our staff has done a great job of keeping things updated for our customers, to provide the best service possible, given our current situation. 

 http://www.blueearthcountymn.gov/                                                                                                                               

COVID 19 and Our Drinking Water:

As everyone knows by now, many of our grocery suppliers took a huge hit in quantities in the recent weeks.  Many shoppers have been stock piling supplies of food, cleaning supplies, bathroom essentials and even bottled water.  What is the need for the extra bottled water?

Many myths of COVID 19 seem to be circulating around, one of these myths was that COVID 19 was in our water supplies.  This is not true and has been confirmed by local water services professionals.  The current treatment of our drinking water supplies goes through a system that disinfects any viruses or pathogens.  This means that your tap water is safe to drink, cook with and of course to wash and bath with.  There is no need to boil your water supply first.

We get our urge to stock up in times of crisis in part from our planning for natural events such as hurricanes, blizzards or other predictable weather events.

With the current COVID 19 advisement by many state and federal officials to stay home and self-quarantine for 14 days, the extra food and supplies makes sense, but no alarm about our current water supply is needed.  Hang in there everyone, good people in good communities helps all of us recover faster.  For more reading on this article click the provided link.

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/03/17/you-wont-get-covid19-from-your-tap-water

Project Updates:  

  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  Nothing new from last week.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  Crews have started some checklist items.
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  Checklist items are being completed.
  • CD05 (Medo and Danville Twps.)  Despite our somewhat quarantined situation, a pre-construction meeting was held.  Because of current COVID quarantine and social distance guidelines, no landowners attend the meeting.  The meeting information and notes have been mailed out to landowners affected by this project and should be received via U.S. Mail.  Our contractor still plans on starting in the coming weeks.

  

Recent Drainage Inspections:

  • CD87 (Garden City Twp.)  We are experiencing some issues of water draining slowly along a portion of this tile system.  We are actively pursing ways to resolve the issue.
  • Some contractors are looking to get back to digging in the dirt.  We will have a few tile projects starting either the end of this week or starting in the next couple weeks.  Road restrictions are on, so moving heavy equipment or any heavy loads can be tricky this time of year.

We require that all repairs to a county drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.

 


 

 

Ryan Hiniker

Drainage Management Specialist

ryan.hiniker@blueearthcountymn.gov

507-304-4264


Mar 17

Crazy Carp

Posted on March 17, 2020 at 8:58 AM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 3/17/2020

                                                                                                                                             

Under siege by Invasive Carp?

Ok, Ok, Ok, under siege may be a bit extreme but the invasive carp species seems to be making its way further and further upstream in Minnesota rivers and other waterways.  The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is taking immediate measures after the report of some 50 invasive carp that have been recently caught by fisherman on the Mississippi River.

The Minnesota DNR is working with many other agencies, including multiple federal agencies and some neighboring Wisconsin DNR services to perform larger scale studies and monitoring of these invasive carp species.

The 50 invasive carp where caught by two groups of commercial fishermen while netting along the Mississippi.  The fisherman had suspicion that some of the fish may be invasive species, so the call was made to DNR officials for notification and verification.  The fishermen where near the La Crosse, WI, area when they came across the invasive carp species in their nets.

This isn’t the first reports of invasive carp species in Minnesota or the Mississippi.  It’s said that the invasive carp have been slowly working their way further and further north, even as far north as St. Croix River, or Granite Falls in the Minnesota River, since the 1970’s.  What makes this incident such a big deal is the number caught.  In past situations of capturing invasive species, it wasn’t near the number that were recently captured. Fifty is a big deal to all the fisheries departments that govern our water bodies.

DNR officials and other researchers are predicting that invasive numbers might be heightened because of the high flood stage waters of last spring, where many of the gates along the Mississippi remained open for extended periods of time.

The Minnesota DNR is working with many other partner groups to resolve this issue and to devise new and innovative ways to slow the progression of these invasive species migrating further north.  Invasive carp should be reported to DNR personnel when caught.  DNR personnel ask you, the fisher person, to take a photo and if possible, transport the carp to the nearest DNR fisheries office or to make arrangements for DNR personnel to pick up the suspected fish. 

Looking for more information on this subject?  Click the link to further educate yourself on this subject.                                                                                                                    https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasive-carp/index.html?utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery                                                                                                                             

Project Updates:  

  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  No new news from last week.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  No updates from last week.
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  No updates from last week.
  • CD05 (Medo and Danville Twps.)  Our contractor for this repair has been officially awarded, we expect repair items to start in the next couple weeks, pending weather.  

  

Recent Drainage Inspections:

  • CD56 (Garden City Twp.)  I was out briefly last Friday, to look at portions of the open ditch along this drainage system.  The ditch for the most part was completely open and flowing nicely.  Water clarity was great and our new phosphorus filter was flowing great.  SWCD staff plan on starting testing again soon.  We performed only one water testing last season before things froze.  The initial test results where great and left us with lots of anticipation for even better results for the near future.
  • Some contractors are looking to get back to digging in the dirt.  We will have a few tile projects projected to start in the next couple weeks.  Road restrictions are on, so moving heavy equipment or any heavy loads can be tricky this time of year.

We require that all repairs to a county drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.

 


 

 

Ryan Hiniker

Drainage Management Specialist

ryan.hiniker@blueearthcountymn.gov

507-304-4264