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Posted on May 21, 2018 at 4:53 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 5/21/2018
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
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been really crazy busy last couple weeks.
With the unusually late spring and then “BOOM” into spring, repairs and ditch
system issues came in at a high rate. We
have had as many as seven different contractors working at the same time across
the county to make repairs to tile, open ditch bank sloughing, and address all sorts of
I’m not sure
why this spring is one of the worst for tile and open ditch issues. Was it the quick freeze of last fall? Or the very cold winter that put frost very
deep in the ground? Or the spring that
took forever to come, but when it did, sprung on like a light switch. It’s very possible that it’s the combination
of all the above.
growers trying to finish their spring planting of corn and soybeans. The weather has put planting season a good
month behind normal. The weather has
also delayed our window to make repairs.
I’m using many different contractors to try to keep up with repairs that
are being reported. The problem is that
many of these contractors also have other private tile jobs or just other
projects that they have commitments to.
We are addressing our list of repairs as quickly and efficiently as we
farmers out there, please be sure to call and report any county system issues
before just ordering them to be repaired.
If we are not notified of the repair and given time to make an in-field
inspection, we reserve the right to refuse to pay for such repair. Again, we thank everyone for their patience as
we are scrambling as many contractors in all directions to get all these
repairs made as quickly as possible.
On a side
note, please be mindful it is full-on wood tick season. I was fortunate to have three of them on me
last week already. Just thought I’d
remind those outdoorsy folks and also pet owners. I know a few people personally that have been
exposed to Lyme Disease. Remember to treat yourselves with protective spray and also treat your pets to protect them as well. Two common types of ticks found in Minnesota and are shown below; left is a deer tick and the right is a common wood tick.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of May 14 – May 18:
Twp.) I was called out by a contractor to inspect some
issues with standing and ponding water on a field. Turns out this field is an old marsh area and
pretty much all peat ground. The peat ground
has shrunk down by almost four feet from when the original concrete tile was
installed. This can be very challenging
for trying to make repairs and connecting on to existing tile. An improvement is very much needed for the long-term
benefit of this system.
JD32 (Pleasant Mound
Twp.) We had a contractor doing some ditch cleaning and
eventually will be installing three new WASCOB’s. Check out the photo of how clear and clean
looking the water is.
CD50 (Lincoln Twp.)
Called out to inspect yet another sink hole along a small area of
CRP. Sink holes are a very common theme
CD56 (Garden City
Twp.) We had a contractor make a repair to our low-flow crossing
along a section of the open ditch. A
very small sink hole area was starting to form. After some new fabric and gravel, things are looking like new again.
Twp.) Our contractor started last week moving in large
quantities of large rip rap rock. This
rock, along with reshaping the ditch bank, will hopefully fix some of our
sloughing issues along a couple stretches of this open ditch portion. We are still having issues with the heavy
ditch banks sliding out into the open ditch.
Now the township road is starting to sink and shift in a small area along
the open ditch. Some very expensive
repairs will have to be made on top of the ones already going on.
Twp.) We have a contractor hired to make tile repairs to a
blockage to a county tile that crosses under a township road. A small portion of the road and tile were
opened up last week to help drain the water in the tile better and relieve some
pressure from the tile so repairs can be made.
County Poor Farm
(Rapidan Twp.) This is not part of a county
public drainage system formally. Blue
Earth County does own some acreage that is tillable just south of Mankato that
has some tile issues on the farm ground.
We have a contractor that is making some much needed repairs to portions
of an old clay tile system. Pictured below is on area of tile failure.
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 do not guarantee same day service.
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