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Posted on June 18, 2018 at 9:18 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
JD43 Improvement project acceptance hearing
will be July 10, 2018. The acceptance hearing
will be part of the Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners meeting, located on the second floor
of the Historic Courthouse building. Landowners
affected by this hearing will be receiving notice by mailing shortly.
MOSH or Minnesota
Office for Soil Health, has announced that they have hired their very first
State Soil Health Specialist. This first
of its kind position was filled by Anna Cates.
Anna is finishing her doctorate in agronomy from University of Wisconsin-Madison.
take her position at a full-time capacity in early 2019. She will be working on a part-time basis
until then. Anna is excited to bring new
and practical business ideas to the agricultural business world. Part of her new role will be to improve and
develop research and outreach strategies to promote a greater knowledge of the
impacts soil health have from both an economic and water management standpoint.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of June 11 – June 15:
Twp.) Issues of sloughing on portions of open ditch.
JD09 Bro (Cambria
Twp.) After receiving five plus inches of rain in a very short time frame, we had one of our crossing get blown out by very high waters. Picture below of blow out.
JD07 WAT (Lincoln
Twp.) Still waiting to televise two portions of this
system. As to be expected, water levels
in the tile are still much too full to do any televising.
Twp.) Ongoing issues with slower drainage, due in large part
to large rain falls lately.
CD56 (Garden City
Twp.) We televised an area of tile to figure out just where
the county tile actually was located. We
did discover a few issues along the way and that our old maps don’t always reflect
where the actual tile was installed.
Twp.) Issues with old and shallow concrete tile breaking
and collapsing. The collapsed tile then creates
sink holes from sucking soil down from the swiftly moving water in the tile
JD07 WAT (Lincoln
Twp.) I was called out to inspect issues with a
collapsed metal tile and also some issues along the open ditch portion of this
Blue Earth County
Poor Farm (Rapidan Twp.) More issues with erosion, this time
it’s with large amounts of surface water creating severe gully washed areas.
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