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Posted on August 7, 2018 at 9:47 AM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 8/6/2018
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Things where actually quite busy last week. We had multiple landowner meetings and multiple projects going on at the same time. We are going into the second half of the year busier than what we started the year out at. We will have multiple improvement projects going on and multiple large-scale repairs going on all at the same time.
We have received a petition for improvement for next year already, with two more possible to come yet this year. All of those would start next year at earliest. As our tile systems in much of the county are approaching 80 to 100 years old, I don’t think there will be any shortage of improvements and major repairs.
There is a Drainage Water Management Demonstration field day coming up next week, Thursday, August 16 in Lamberton, Minnesota. This field day is put on by the University of Minnesota with support from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. I hope to be able to attend this. This would be my first time attending, but looks to be a full day of learning and discovering. They will be demonstrating some of the new and innovative things that are being tried and used in the agricultural industry. Lamberton is a long drive, but I’m sure the learning experience will be worth the time. This is a free event and lunch is provided. For more details on this event click the link. https://swroc.cfans.umn.edu/
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of July 30 – August 3:
CD28 (Lincoln Twp.)
After our landowner meeting last week,
it was decided to do repair option 2, which was more of a fix of some issues that absolutely needed attention.
CD56 Branch 18 (Lincoln Twp.) We
held a landowner meeting last week, and it was decided and agreed by the landowners
to go ahead with our plans to replace this area of tile. Much of this area of tile has no drainage at
all or very minimal drainage. This
project should be going out for public bid very soon and we should be able to do
this project hopefully yet this fall or late summer.
CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)
We have a repair public bid currently
open until this Friday, August 10. We
will be making a major repair to a 200-foot area of the open ditch that is
compromising the safety of the neighboring township road.
CD86 (Beauford Twp.)
We are currently getting ready to
install nine or more ASI's. ASI
stands for Alternative Side Intake.
These types of intakes are geared more towards clean water practices and
water quality. This is part of a clean
water grant that we were awarded. We
are very excited about this project, as it will be yet another drainage system
with multiple water quality intakes installed.
We did a bunch last year as part of the CD56 clean out and repair work
in Garden City Township near Lake Crystal.
JD28 (Decoria Twp.)
We have a MnDot (Minnesota Department
of Transportation) project going on with MN highway 22 south. We have a county tile system that crosses one of these intersections that we are trying to figure out how to properly hook up
new and old tile. We learned once again that our old tile maps aren’t always survey accurate.
JD07 (Lincoln Twp.)
Things look very nice; all re-grading
and seeding is done for where we had to install about 160 feet of new pipe near
the beginning of the open ditch portion of this system.
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