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Posted on April 2, 2018 at 5:05 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 4/2/2018
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
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
wintery weather that never seems to end this year is going to make things very
difficult for getting repairs done to our public drainage systems this spring in
time before spring planting. We are
battling mother nature, spring thawing conditions and road weight restrictions
all at the same time. Not a winning combination
when you have long list of repairs to make on multiple systems across the county.
Phosphorus, a Dirty Little Secret:
For years - and
even decades - Nitrogen has been to blame for why our water bodies are turning
greener and greener with algae blooms.
After reading the article summarized below and attending some seminars about
this same subject, Nitrogen may be getting a bad reputation for the algae issues. Our water will always have some degree of Nitrogen
issues as long as there is Blue Green Algae blooms. Many species of Blue Green Algae can fix their
own nitrogen needs from the atmospheric nitrogen that dissolves naturally in
This finding is because
of an almost 50-year-old scientific “whole lake” study performed in Canada. This study purposely took an entire lake,
its own ecosystem, and performed decades of tests purposely loading it with
sediment. Phosphorus, carbon and nitrogen
were added in varying amounts and times to test the theories on algae blooms.
have slowly backed off of adding nitrogen and added more phosphorus in its
place. For a 20 plus year stretch, scientists
added zero artificial nitrogen and still saw record algae blooms. The true culprit for algae blooms wasn’t
nitrogen all along, but phosphorus instead.
goes on to explain for those groups or government agencies that may have limited
resources, it is best to concentrate on the removal of phosphorus from our
waters. Phosphorus is the driving source
for why our algae blooms are getting out of control. These algae blooms can have deadly effects on
humans, dogs, fish and many other creatures.
These algae blooms can choke out oxygen supplies from water creating “dead
zones”. If severe enough, the algae
blooms can affect our drinking water supplies.
This was a very
interesting article to read, and it is very thought provoking. Have we been chasing after and pointing
fingers at the wrong thing all along?
After attending multiple seminars and now reading this article and a few
more, I’m starting to believe we need to start changing our sight towards
phosphorus also. To read this article or
more like it in depth, please click to learn more.
Recent Drainage Inspections – weeks of March 26 – March 30:
1) Broken sink hole 2) The repair 3) The repair in action
will be a busy spring again - maybe not as intense as last spring. Still, we
will have multiple repair projects and improvements going on at the same
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