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Posted on July 31, 2017 at 5:58 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 7/31/2017
Hearings or Meetings:
upcoming meetings are scheduled as of this time.
· CD56 (Garden City
Twp.) Forsberg Drainage crews continued to
work on the ditch cleaning. The ditch
bottom cleaning has proved to be challenging in certain areas where the soils
are almost like liquid sand. The other
part of the crew has been very busy clearing the heavy brush away from the open
ditch bank. They are using an excavator
with a special attachment that grinds up the trees and brush. We will come back next year and use special
herbicides to control the regrowth from these trees and shrubs. See picture below.
25 by 25
Water Quality Town Hall Meetings:
25% by 2025 Water Quality Town Hall agenda is out. I was reading through this lengthy, but very
well thought out, agenda. The meeting will be in Mankato August 16.
agenda covers some very key subjects and gives good examples of what
things are of local concern. There are
also examples of what some local communities are doing or will be doing to
improve water quality.
agenda shares four key topics: Drinking Water, Infrastructure, Swimming, and
Fishing. Each individual topic has its “pro’s
and con’s” of what we are currently doing in southern Minnesota for water
quality. All four categories are very
important, but drinking water and infrastructure are the two “heavy hitters” as
far as costs to individual communities.
infrastructure piece is going to be a huge concern, especially for all the
small communities with very small populations, in terms of trying to afford to pay for
these water quality improvements. They
give example in the flyer of what St. Peter had to do to improve their rising
nitrate levels in their drinking water.
They installed a very interesting reverse osmosis system at a very sizable cost to the St. Peter community.
and fishing topics are very important to many of us who are outdoorsy people. I know my family enjoys being on the lake whether
we are swimming, boating or fishing.
Many of our local lakes are listed as not meeting standards for swimming
and fishing. They highlight erosion,
road and storm water contaminants, and invasive species, as major contributors
to our current poor water quality situations.
go on to highlight four crucial things for water quality progress in Minnesota.
1. Water conservation
2. Green infrastructure
3. Farming practices
4. Being proactive on
good water quality (cheaper to fix now than later)
just wanted to highlight some of the topics that will be discussed when the
workshop comes to Mankato on August 16.
Today is the first of the ten meetings, with the first meeting being
held in Rochester. The meetings, I imagine,
will be well attended at all locations.
I know that I will personally try to make the Mankato meeting to have a firsthand
experience of what the State is proposing for water quality.
The Mankato meeting is being held at
Minnesota State University. Location of
the meeting is at the Centennial Student Union, 620 South Road, August 16, from
6:30-8:30. For more information on this
meeting please click here.
Inspections – week of July 24 – July 28:
· CD91 (Sterling
Twp.) Crews dug up a couple areas so we
could get a crew in to televise the old county tile. We have had ongoing issues with wet areas
along the tile line. Televising is often
the cheapest and most effective way to figure out what is truly wrong with a
· JD38 (Shelby
Twp.) Checked in on the newly installed
· CD28 (Lincoln Twp.) Checked in on some final cleanup of the two
main construction site staging areas.
These two sites were where much of the new pipe, rock and other supplies
were stored for construction use. The
final cleanup is needed to get things regraded and seeded.
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