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Posted on March 26, 2018 at 3:59 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 3/26/2018
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Twp.) We will be having a preconstruction meeting for the
upcoming improvement project planned for this year. The meeting will be held this Wednesday,
March 28, affected landowners should have received notification with specifics
of time and location of meeting. Please call
our drainage office with questions regarding this meeting.
JD01 Far. (Sterling
Twp.) We will be having a repair meeting with affected
landowners of this system to discuss future repairs and current concerns with
the system. Wednesday, April 4 is the chosen
date for the meeting; specific details of times and locations should have been
included in the notices sent to affected landowners.
Twp.) We will be having a landowner meeting to discuss a
repair petition for repair work to a portion of tile in this system. This landowner meeting is scheduled for
Wednesday, April 4. Affected landowners
should have received notice of specific details of location and time for meeting. Please call with questions or concerns.
Last Monday we
attended the MADI (Minnesota Association of Drainage Inspectors) meeting in
Wilmar, Minnesota. There were some very
good topics of discussion at the meeting.
One of the topics included possible policy changes from the DNR and
their potential interactions with drainage authorities. Another topic of discussion was Redetermination
of Benefits and how they can be a very positive thing for drainage authorities and
landowners. The third topic involved possible
changes to drainage law and how it may affect drainage authorities.
MADI meets twice
a year, usually early spring and then again late fall. It’s very helpful to be able to attend these
meetings and be able to network and discuss issues with other drainage
professionals from across the state.
I came across
an interesting article from one of the many website blogs I subscribe to about
water and clean water efforts across Minnesota.
This article caught my attention because it was discussing the huge
impacts that our use of salt on our roadways is having directly on our Minnesota
lakes, streams and wetlands.
focused more on the metro area for its study but we know
our roadway salt use is affecting waters all across
Minnesota. This article discussed some
interesting facts including that our spring melt waters in early March can be
two-to-three times more salty than actual ocean water.
water is denser and the salt sinks to the bottom of our freshwater lakes where
it starts the cycle of destruction for the lake's ecosystem. The article goes on to discuss that a lake's
food cycle starts at the bottom with smaller invertebrates and insect larvae. The more salt that is introduced to our
waters, the more it kills off these species that live near the bottoms of our
lakes. As these smaller species
disappear, it effects the larger species that feed off of those such as minnows
and then larger fish. Less food sources equals
less fish populations.
with the worst know salt issues are found in the metro area. Some of these lakes in the metro area have
such high levels of salt content that they no longer meet the considerations
for “freshwater” lakes. There are many
lakes around the metro, so not all lakes are to this extreme level as of
yet. The article calls attention to a need for
change and reform to our state's use of salt as a whole. On a small scale, we personally can try to
use less salt on our driveways and sidewalks.
One tablespoon of salt affects up to five gallons of water, so it’s easy to
see how quickly and widespread this problem can be. Once the damage is done, it can have long
lasting impacts to our lakes and other watercourses.
This was a really interesting article, if you are interested
in reading the details of this article or others like it click to learn more.
Recent Drainage Inspections – weeks of March 5 – March 9:
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.
Drainage Management Specialist