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Drainage Update 8/28/2017

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 4:15 PM by Ryan Hiniker


Drainage update 8/28/2017


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

Improvement project bids have closed and the official awarding of bids will be held on September 12, 2017, at the Board of Commissioners meeting.

JD34 Improvement project bidding will close this Friday, September 1, and that bid awarding will also be held on September 12, 2017, at the Board of Commissioners meeting.


Project Updates


  • CD56 (Garden City Twp.)  Slower week last week with a few weather events slowing progress down.  Some seeding of the buffer areas has been going on just south of the town of Lake Crystal.  Ditch cleaning and tree removal should continue yet again this week.
  • JD09 (LeRay Twp.) The public bidding period has closed.  For more details contact, Kyle Sammons at ISG 507-387-6651.
  • JD34 (LeRay Twp.)  The public bidding period for this improvement project closes this Friday, September 1.  For more details, contact Kyle Sammons at ISG 507-387-6651.



25 BY 25 Update Marshall:

As I mentioned last week, I was able to attend the Governor's water quality town hall meeting in Mankato.  I have since then have followed the news and information coming out from other town hall sessions.

Marshall, Minnesota was the latest water quality town hall session.  About 220 people attended the meeting held at SMSU.  They had the same small group discussions that I spoke of at our Mankato meeting.  The governor himself was said to have partaken in two of the three small group sessions.  The feedback from the two groups that worked with Governor Dayton said he seemed very open and receptive to thoughts and ideas. 

Some of the same ideas that I heard in Mankato were also mentioned at the Marshall meeting, including incentives and water retention systems and cover crops.  It sounds like feelings were mixed about having state representatives present in the meeting, with some feelings of pressure or influence from state organizations. 

Many initially felt that the Governor's buffer rule was rather pushy and abrasive at first, but with the support of BWSR and other state agencies, they're working hard to be more adaptable to individual landowner concerns or needs with the buffers.  Most local governments are opting to take enforcement responsibilities of the buffer law.  Local enforcement will hopefully make working with landowners through the buffer law issues go smoother. 

On a side note, our local Blue Earth SWCD has announced that they have cost-sharing available for installing buffer strips.  They state on their website that they can provide up to $300 per acre for financial assistance towards installing buffer strips.  Friendly reminder that the public waters buffer law takes effect on November 1, 2017, and public drainage ditches to follow November 1, 2018.  For more information on the buffer law and other questions or concerns please contact Jake Fritz at the
Blue Earth SWCD.



Recent Drainage Inspections – week of August 21 – August 25:


  • CD56 (Garden City& Lincoln Twp.) We made some changes to areas that had some grading issues.  The weather didn't cooperate very well last week to get a whole lot of work done, but crews made the best of the small working windows we got.
  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.) Monitoring water levels and making sure our herbicide spraying is working properly.  Hoping to get our hydro-seeding of the ditch banks done soon along with the installation of a concrete weir.
  • JD45 (Mapleton Twp.) Most of the parts are in to get this repair going, minus one connection and the weather needs to dry up for a little bit.  This area of repair is in an area that's lower and peat ground. 
  • CD86 (Decoria Twp.)  I was called out to observe a rather large beaver dam that was built in the County Highway 16 right-of-way.  The beaver dam is 4-6 feet tall and holding back a very large amount of water.  The beaver will have to be trapped before removing the dam.  If we just remove the dam, the beaver will quickly find a new place in our ditch system to rebuild.  See pictures below, not the greatest pictures, but gives you a feel of how big it is.
    cd86 beaver dam2cd86 beaver dam





    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 receive them.


    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.



    Found this fuzzy guy on my deck today, just another sign of fall coming.



    Ryan Hiniker

    Drainage Management Specialist