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Posted on May 8, 2017 at 5:22 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 5/8/2017
Hearings or Meetings:
No upcoming hearings or meetings are scheduled at this time.
(Lincoln Twp.) The pipe boring crew was still hard at it trying to push new
sections of pipe under Blue Earth County Road 30. The
boring crew had a few setbacks with the rains that flooded their trench
box. Recent nice weather should have
them making great progress this week.
Pipe install crews can continue once the pipe is bored under CR
(Beauford Twp.) Crews are back hard
at it today installing new pipe east of Blue Earth County Road 174. If the weather stays nice, crews are hoping
to have almost all of the new pipe installed this week and to start with cleaning
up the site next week.
The drainage blog has moved to Monday afternoons and will
remain that way going forward. One of
the big changes we are slowly trying to make is to have more involvement between
our Drainage office in the Taxpayer Services Department and Environmental Services Department. We are hoping to be able to better share equipment
and technological resources going forward.
Starting last week, the Drainage team is now sharing a
county pickup truck on three days of the week.
The pickup truck will be used by Drainage personal to do almost all of
the inspections during the week. We also
use an ATV, that I have mentioned in previous blogs, that will be pulled by
this truck on those designated inspection days.
Looking towards the future, I think
the shared usage of common resources will be very beneficial to both
Many farmers have been out planting in the last few
days. We have been seeing a spike in
calls for repair needs. Many of the
issues are with county tile, but also sloughs on the open ditches. This is a good thing that the landowners or
renters are being very good about reporting these issues quickly so we can get
them fixed in a timely manner. Repairs
will be harder to make the later the season gets, so if you know of issues on a
county public drainage system, please don’t hesitate to call us.
25 X 25:
A message from the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board
went out giving details of a new plan of action from the Governor’s
office. The Governor and Lieutenant
Governor have rolled out a goal of improving water quality by 25% by the year
2025. This ambitious goal from the
Governor’s office will have the support of multiple state agencies and local
partners. Their ultimate objective is to
identify regional and specific priorities that work locally to achieve this 25%
improvement to water quality. They are
going to be hosting local town hall-type meetings to discuss how this can be
implemented and achieved. Mankato will be
one of those sites for these meetings, August 17. No specifics yet of time or place have been
given. For more information, click here.
A Milestone kick-off for conservation in Minnesota is
starting soon. A press release from BWSR
(Board of Water and Soil Resources) says that they are kicking off their CREP
(Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program) programs as of May 15, 2017. MN CREP is a state & federal program that
is completely voluntary. The
reason for the program is ultimately to help water quality.
One of the major reasons for this program is to give more
options to growers and landowners who have areas that may be coming out of CRP
programs this year. The state of
Minnesota is hoping to restore or protect 60,000 plus acres of marginal
cropland across the state.
The program has substantial funding, including $350 million
coming from the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture), with an additional $150
million needed from state sources and clean water organizations. The FSA (Farm Service Agency) and BWSR are
the two major forces that will be administering this program, with multiple
partners helping behind the scenes as well.
This program is designed to both help improve water quality
and also give the farmer some relief from trying to farm these tougher, more
marginal acres. For more information on
this, contact your local FSA office or click to read more about this article.
Inspections – week of May 1 – May 5:
FAR. (Sterling Twp.) Inspected a new
skimmer structure to help keep debris from getting into our county tile line
and plugging things up.
(Lincoln Twp.) Multiple locations of
sink holes forming along old county tile lines.
(Shelby Twp.) I inspected a very
large blow-out along a section of county tile line, just east of Amboy. This will be a pretty major fix. This hole is 12 – 15 feet deep and almost 60
feet wide. See photo for more details.
(Decoria Twp.) Issues with multiple
locations of tile separations causing sink hole areas.
(Beauford Twp.) Issues with water
backing up out of the county tile intake structure and flooding a neighboring
field. Further televising will be needed
to check for further unseen issues with the pipe.
(Garden City Twp.)
(Vernon Center Twp.) partial
Please call with issues you observe on our
public drainage system, as there is a lot of open ditch and tile in our county
and only two of us in the drainage department.
We will do our absolute best to service your issues and concerns as we
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.
Drainage Management Specialist