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Clean Water Clubs

Posted on July 16, 2018 at 8:21 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 7/16/2018


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.)  We will be having a landowner meeting to discuss updated costs and plans for a proposed repair petition.  Landowners affected by this repair should receive notices shortly.
  • CD56 Branch 18 (Lincoln Twp.)  We will be having a landowner meeting to discuss some major repairs to be made to Branch 18.  Branch 18 is all tile and empties into the open ditch on CD56.  Affected landowners should receive notice shortly. 

    Notices for both meetings will give details of location and times of meetings.  Please call or email with questions pertaining to either meeting.    

Project Updates:


  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  I am being informed that construction of the new tile for this improvement project should resume later this week or next week.  The general contractor, RAW, will be sending a crew up to finish the tile install and all clean up work.  If weather stays nice and dry, there shouldn’t be much more than a weeks’ worth of tile install, and then clean up items after that.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  The weather has been pretty cooperative the last couple weeks.  The general contractor for the southerly portion of this improvement project has been doing well at making up for lost time, due to very wet conditions a month ago.  Like I mentioned last week, the boring under County Road 17 is completed.  Crews are working along Branch B, heading south and east.  A second crew is supposed to start putting in the remaining portions of Branch 3 sometime soon (but no specific dates given).  See picture for approximate updated map of progress.  Yellow areas are new tile installed.
JD09 south update map

Drainage Minutes:

Rivers and lakes are still very high, however slowly but surely, they are starting to drop back down.  Hundreds of acres are still flooded out along the river bottoms as of last week.

Nice weather lately has helped get some much-needed repairs done.  Sad to say, but I do still have some repairs to clean-up from this spring.  We are sitting pretty good, compared to 2016. 

Hot and humid weather isn’t the most ideal weather to work in, but we have a sizable list of improvements and repairs to get done yet this year.  Hopefully the weather can stay about how it has been the last couple weeks to keep crews working.

Area lakes for the most part, are still looking fairly healthy.  I know I haven’t been on every lake in the area.  As people pay more and more attention to water quality, our area lakes, rivers and streams benefit.  A lot of area lakes have associations or boards to promote clean water practices.  A big thank you to those individuals who put forth the extra hours to make a difference.  Speaking from experience on Lake Washington, I see the difference hard work and education have made for water quality.  Crystal and Loon Lakes over in the Lake Crystal area were kind of the pioneers of the lake associations locally and their group, Crystal Waters Project, has had huge success in transforming their area lakes.  Interested in volunteering for some of these area lake groups?  Check out their Facebook or website pages for more information (Crystal Waters Project / Lake Washington Improvement Association).  Keep up the good work everyone.


Recent Drainage Inspections – week of July 9 – July 13:

  • JTD01 FAR (Sterling Twp.)  Ongoing issues with poorly installed HDPE pipe is causing more sections to fail again this year.  A major repair or change of outlet will be needed soon.  This is part of the Lura Lake outlet and sees almost non-stop water flow.
  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  Our recent repairs of re-sloping and adding rip rap seem to be holding up nicely.  We will be needing to make some major repairs to about a 200-foot area of the open ditch along the township road.  There is a section of the road ditch that keeps sliding into the open ditch, potentially causing a hazard for the township road surface.  Given the expense of the repair, a public bid will be how we proceed with it.  The time frame for this repair is going to need to be quick given the nature of the problem.
  • JD15 LeS (Jamestown Twp.)  We had some additional survey work done on portions of the open ditch.
  • CD56 (Lincoln & Garden City Twp.)  Crews finished mowing the buffer areas. Some additional tree and brush spraying will be needed to control the brush we removed just last season.
  • JD32 (Pleasant Mound Twp.)  We have a contractor making some much needed repairs to ASI’s (alternative side intakes), also known as water quality intakes.  These are intakes that prevent erosion and slow down the flow of water into the open ditch.  The purpose is to eliminate some of the sediment in the water, by letting it settle out of suspension by being held a little longer.  See picture of example.  The photo doesn’t reflect the finished product.  There will be a berm built up behind the intake and basin area made to funnel the surface water to the intake.  When properly installed, these intakes save maintenance costs to the ditch.
jd32 repair

  • JD38 (Shelby Twp.)  Monitoring water levels on one of our newer drop intake structures installed spring of last year.  After the large sink hole created from the last failed structure, I’m a little nervous and watch this system a little closer, especially after large rainfall events.

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