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Jul 17

Ditch Happenings July 13th - 17th

Posted on July 17, 2015 at 4:52 PM by Jeff Wohlcke

There was a great turnout at last week's MN Viewer's Association Seminar.  I've missed the last couple seminars, so I was surprised and pleased to see so many new faces in the room this time.  New viewer teams are forming across the state, which means after proper training and experience, Minnesota will have more viewers! At this seminar, I got a better understanding of soil types and how they are factored in when determining the classifications during a redetermination. Check out this awesome soil resource tool: Web Soil Survey.  You can view specific soil data by selecting the area you are interested in.  Here's an example of what it looks like:
I randomly selected the area highlighted in green above, which is located just north of the Minnesota River off Hwy 169 on the line of Blue Earth County and Nicollet County. Here is the data that was produced for that area (AOI stands for Area of Interest, which is the selected area):

This week we hosted an informational meeting for landowners on JD34 (LeRay Township).  JD34 was built in 1919 and has been having frequent failures throughout the system. A preliminary review of the ditch showed that only 5% of the tile is meeting the minimum drainage coefficient recommended by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).  Engineer Chuck Brandel of I and S Group presented the report and explained different options that the landowners could explore for repairing and/or improving the system. There was a consensus among the attendees that an improvement should be made. So, now what? At this point, to move forward with an improvement, the landowners will have to submit an improvement petition to the Drainage Authority.  If the petition is found valid, the Drainage Authority will appoint an engineer for the improvement and order a redetermination of benefits on the system. After that is completed, along with a final hearing, the construction begins. The entire process can take anywhere from 1 to 4 years. 


Taken during the JD34 meeting.

Weekly Tidbits:

- The informational meeting on CD48 (Cambria Township) in Commissioner Will Purvis's district takes place next week at 2:00PM on July 21, 2015, at the Town Hall in Cambria.

-  Our first batch of scanned files has been returned. There will be at least 6 batches of files sent to the imaging department for scanning. I hope to have the opportunity to start loading these images to our DrainageDB portal soon.