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Posted on July 17, 2017 at 4:49 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 7/17/2017
Hearings or Meetings:
upcoming meetings are scheduled as of this time.
Twp.) This project, like I mentioned last
week, is completed as far as the new tile install. We still have to install a concrete control
structure on the southerly end of the open ditch. A few clean up items like seeding of some of
the ditch banks also remain, and that should be about it.
Hopefully late summer or early fall all of these items can be
Twp.) DMI finished midafternoon on Friday,
July 7, with the additional tile on this repair project. The site is graded and water is running
nicely in our newly installed tile.
Minus maybe a few clean up items to address, this project is also
CD56 (Garden City
Twp.) The new toe drains were installed
last week. This was a slow going process
due mostly to the depth at which the tile needed to be installed. The toe drain tile in most spots needed to be
placed 10 to 12 feet deep. This is
difficult in wet, very sandy soils. The
contractor had to sub-cut down about 6 – 7 feet and then brought in a tile plow
to go down an additional 5 – 6 feet in this sub – cut area. The tile plow has a special hopper on it that
back fills the trench with rock. Things
should speed up a bit now that we aren’t planning on doing any more toe drain
areas. There is still a lot of ditch
cleaning and brush removal to do yet on this project.
Twp.) The ditch cleaning portion of this
project probably won’t get going until mid-August. The contractor is on another project trying
to get things finished up. The crew that
is contracted to do the Blue Earth County Highway 12 expansion should be
starting soon, if not this week. One of
their first items to fix is the crossing where our drainage ditch crosses under
the Highway 12 expansion. This new
larger culvert being installed at the legal ditch grade will have a major
impact on the drainage of this CD12.
WOTUS Rule Withdrawn:
EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and Army Corp of Engineers have
officially filed to withdraw the 2015 WOTUS (Water of the United States)
rule. The rule was originally crafted to protect water, including protections for streams that feed drinking water sources.
However, the rule was a major concern for many in the rural and ag communities of America, as many felt it had too broad a definition. They had many concerns that this new rule would have expanded the EPA’s federal jurisdiction and many waterbodies would have been subject to Clean Water Act requirements. This will not be the end of WOTUS, but a replacement
rule and new definition will be needed.
I’m not going to get into great details about
the rule, but I will try to summarize it instead.
The rule basically stated that any creeks, streams, ditches, potholes or
ponded water anywhere that could possibly have any drainage or outlet to major
bodies of water like wetlands, public drainage systems or rivers, could be
subject to Clean Water Act requirements.
After a few court cases about this definition, and it’s navigable waters
piece, the EPA realized that their current definition was just too broad and too
hard to prove and enforce.
lawmakers themselves opposed the WOTUS rule because they felt it was a
government overreach, but also would add cost to the agricultural
industry. The added cost to the ag-industry
would have then been felt by the consumers from higher costs for goods.
Pruitt, EPA Administrator, hopes that his group and other farm groups can work
together to put together a more practical and workable plan to better water
quality. For more information on this
very lengthy subject click now.
Starting the end of July, Governor Dayton and
other members of his Cabinet will be hosting Town Hall discussions. These 10 designated discussions are intended
to discuss ways of speeding up our clean water progress in Minnesota. These meetings are intended for citizens and
water professionals alike. Open
communication and identifying top priorities and key strategies are a major
focus. Resources are available online
for those individuals that want to host their own “town hall” style
meetings. Mankato is one of the 10 key
locations. Wednesday, August
16, 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Minnesota State University. For more details and more location
information click her.
Mankato – Water Quality Town Hall
Wednesday, August 16, 2017 –
Registration opens at 6:00 p.m.
Minnesota State University,
Centennial Student Union - 620 S
Inspections – week of July 10 – July 14:
Twp.) Stopped by to see how the seeding and clean-up
process is coming along.
CD56 (Garden City
Twp.) Project site drop-ins, and just
general walking of the construction site, addressing issues with the contractor. Tile plow shown below used for installing toe drains.
Twp.) Very small amounts of clean-up work
left to do with this project. Thanks for
the hard work by DMI for getting this additional tile install done quickly.
Twp.) The contractor started July 14 on
installing the new pipe and making connections for this blow-out repair from
this spring. The contractor still has
some grading and final site work to do, but the large pipe install portion of
this repair is completed.
Picture shows new pipe and blow out filled in.
Twp.) Inspected reports of ponding water and
water weeping up out of the ground along county tile line. Further televising will be needed to see
where and what is blocking the tile.
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