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Posted on May 7, 2018 at 8:42 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 5/7/2018
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
We have a
city council meeting in Lake Crystal to discuss CD56 tonight (Monday, May 7). This is for the portion of CD56 that actually
goes through the city of Lake Crystal and then empties into Crystal Lake.
Kudos to Crystal Lake:
I recently came
across an interesting article from BWSR (Minnesota Board of Water and Soil
Resources) that highlighted all the hard work put into making water quality improvements
to Crystal Lake in the City of Lake Crystal.
The article goes
on to talk about how much has been improved upon in the last ten years for
water quality for this lake. Multiple
groups have worked hard to wrap the community around the belief of restoring
the water quality to what it once was.
Crystal Waters Project has been a huge advocate for promoting water
quality for Crystal Lake. They host many
community-based fundraising events every year to raise money for awareness of
the issues to their community lake. The
group also sponsors many water quality projects.
Project isn’t the only one that has made these changes possible in the last ten
years; our local Soil and Water Conservation District has also played a large role. Our local SWCD team has helped with educating both
farmers and city residents about the importance both play in keeping the water
clean. Local SWCD staff have been
working hard at getting growers to try cover crops, strip-till farming
practices, and other water quality practices.
We, in the
public drainage sector of things, have also recently contributed to the water
quality of this lake. Last year we had
the entire ditch system cleaned out and buffer areas installed. Besides the grass buffer areas being
installed, we also incorporated Alternative Side Intakes or ASI’s. These ASI’s help to slow the
flow of water entering the open ditch and letting some of the sediment and
debris filter out. We also did go
through the town portion of Lake Crystal along the open ditch and had trees and
brush removed. We had perennial buffer vegetation
planted along the ditches in town. We
still have some minor things to finish up as far as the ditch system going
through town, but by and large many residents are on-board for water quality.
I thought it
was a great little article and a feather in everyone’s hat who has worked hard
to restore Crystal Lake back to its glory days. Keep up the good work everyone. For more reading on this article please Click.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of April 30 – May 4:
Twp.) Inspected an issue with water actually bubbling out
of a drop intake. Usually this is a
sign of a pretty severe blockage in the tile.
The bad thing is the tile that is blocked goes under a township road.
Twp.) Some on-going issues with ponding water in
fields. The main issues are undersized
pipe and reduced capacity of pipe.
(Sterling Twp.) I have been watching the water levels
of Lura Lake and our county outlet. We
are having issues with a section of tile on the county line.
Mound Twp.) I had a contractor out doing some ditch
cleaning on the open ditch portion of this system. When out there in field, we discovered multiple
issues of ditch bank erosion.
Twp.) We have been waiting for the standing water to disappear
so we can go in and make three simple tile repairs. This is an old, out-of-shape system that has
on-going issues with peat ground and very shallow concrete tile.
CD50 & CD27
(Judson & Butternut Valley Twps.) We have had a tree contractor
working in this area grinding and removing dead trees and brush along the open
& Garden City Twps.) We have had quite a few issues
lately with collapsed tile issues. Picture shows a recent sink hole.
Twp.) More issues with sloughing on the open ditch.
· JD07 (Lincoln Twp.) We had received a report of an issue with county tile not draining properly. This is an old system that is at a very flat grade. An improvement would greatly improve drainage issues out in this area.
· We have had a huge volume of calls lately about collapsed tile issues or open ditch issues. We are trying to handle all calls or reports as quickly as we can. Please remember that we need to do some research once you call. We need to verify that the issue is in fact over a county tile line before issuing the repair be made. It may take us a few days to get out to the site to visit in-field before ordering a repair be made.
A friendly reminder as many people are busy trying to get crops in: if there is an issue with a county tile and we are not notified about it before the repairs are made, we reserve the right to deny payment.
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