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Posted on October 8, 2018 at 5:45 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 10/8/2018
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Things are fairly quiet in the drainage world. A few weeks back, I spoke about trying to incorporate or use some smaller sized iron / sand filters along CD56, near Lake Crystal. We did hold a meeting a couple weeks ago and things seem to be moving along with this plan. We (Drainage Authority) are working with our local SWCD and private landowners to try and plan 8 – 10 areas where we could possibly place these small filters to filter out phosphorus. Our meeting involved an engineering firm, representatives from Crystal Waters Project, and Blue Earth County SWCD. It was very productive to get all these groups together at one meeting. The outcome was very positive and a plan of attack is in place.
Since our meeting, I did speak with one landowner that we are planning on doing a larger scale repair for yet this year, and we discussed the possibility of adding one of these phosphorus filters to the project.
Harvest season has slowly started and the weather is less than cooperative in the last couple weeks. Just as many growers are having issues getting crops harvested, our contractors are struggling to keep projects moving forward with the wet weather. As the crops are starting to come off the fields, we are having more repairs reported, naturally.
Please let our drainage staff know about issues on a county system that need repair as soon as possible, as our list gets full very quickly this time of year.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of October 1 – October 5:
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