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Drainage Update 06/18/2018

Posted on June 18, 2018 at 9:18 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 6/18/2018



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. 


Project Updates:


  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.) I was on-site with the contractor last week.  The contractor had (at that time) around 2,300 linear feet of new pipe to install.  Even with the weather, the contractor is hopeful of completing this project by July 1, 2018.  Minus some major weather delays, this should be a very achievable timeframe.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  The contractor for the southern improvement portion of this project started laying new pipe on Thursday afternoon (6/14/18).  They had to stop because of our recent very heavy rains.  Before the rains moved in Friday night, the contractor had installed just a little over 900 feet of new tile.  Pretty good start for a day and half of work.  Hoping that things will dry up and they can get back to work yet this week - maybe Thursday.  Picture below of crews starting on the new tile. 
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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.

Anna will 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:


·         CD25 (Decoria 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.jd09

·         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. 

·         JD36 (Cambria 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.

·         CD77 (McPherson 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 line.

·         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 system.

·         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.poor farm 1

Please 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.




Ryan Hiniker

Drainage Management Specialist