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Oct 29

Drainage Update 10/29/2018

Posted on October 29, 2018 at 8:12 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 10/29/2018


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • We will be setting a date for the final CD78 improvement acceptance hearing.  The final acceptance hearing should be held on November 27, as part of the Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners meeting.

Project Updates:   

  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  The recent stretch of nice weather has our two contractors making big gains to this improvement project - both north and south portions.  The southerly portion of the improvement should be pretty much completed, minus small checklist items.  The northerly portion of the improvement is doing very well also, approaching an area of a new wetland control structure.  One crew will be leaving very soon to go start yet another improvement project in a different part of the county.  The remaining contractor will finish up on the northerly portion of this improvement hopefully in the next few weeks, if weather stays nice.
  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)   Boring crews have started with boring under MN Highway 68.  Crews are set to start this week or the next.  Engineering stakes are out along portions of the new pipe alignment, so you know construction will begin very soon.
  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  Our contractor for this repair still has some final ditch cleaning and leveling to do on this project.  Since the new low-flow overflow install, a beaver has made himself a new home just upstream of our new structure.  Our contractor has informed us that he will be finishing the ditch cleaning portion very soon.  
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  Now that all of the crops have been harvested, we can have the contractor return to finish the checklist of items.  Items include re-leveling in the new construction area, general clean-up, and fixing up some intakes.

Drainage Minutes:

Last week was a very quick blur of a week, as I had just returned from vacation last Wednesday.  It’s hard to get caught up right away after being gone for a week, and I’m actually still trying to get fully caught up. 

Sounds like the weather was fairly nice while I was away and our contractors have been making the best of it.  Our JD09 improvement project is coming along very well despite some major setbacks.  Our other contractors that are doing miscellaneous repairs across the county are getting caught up, especially now that large areas of crops have been harvested.  It still amazes me how quickly harvest goes; every year it seems to get quicker and quicker.  Larger and more modern equipment definitely helps.

So, what’s still going on for the rest of the year with Blue Earth County Public Drainage?  We have way more than enough work, I’m hoping the weather holds as nice as it can, for as long as it can.  We still have to finish two current improvements, plus start a new one yet this year.  We have two major repair projects, one of which will need to be completed yet this year.  All that is on top of all the numerous miscellaneous repairs to make all across the county.  We are also trying to close out improvements from the previous years.  So needless to say, yes, we have a very busy fall / early winter ahead of us.

So where does a guy go for a week away from work?  Well Disney World (of course!), Sea World, and NASA.  It was a very fun, once-in-a lifetime, family trip.  The weather was very warm for Fall, but we made the best of it.  All three parks we visited were each amazing in their own ways.  I was hoping to hit the Mega Millions jackpot so I could go again, but I will have to try again next time.  I have included just a few photos from our trip.
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Recent Drainage Inspections – week of October 24 – October 26:

  • JD09 (LeRay Twp.)  I stopped out last week to check on the progress of our two contractors for this two-part improvement project.  The southerly contractor was just finishing up.  The northerly portion of the improvement project is going strong and if mother-nature holds out, we could be done in just a few weeks.
  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  Minus a beaver that has now built himself a new home just north of our new overflow structure, things seem to doing well for our newly-installed overflow structure.  Ditch cleaning should be happening within the next couple weeks and our seeding should also be happening very soon.   
  • CD56 (Garden City & Lincoln Twps) As the major repair from 2017 finally ends, we will soon be starting a new repair in the southerly portion of this system.  We have a fairly major repair that is scheduled to be completed yet this year (by the end of November).  This repair is set to also include something brand new to our drainage world, at least for Blue Earth County, with the installation of an iron & sand filter for phosphorus.  We have potential plans to install as many as up to ten of these filters along portions of tile in the CD56 drainage system.
  • JD51 Was (Danville Twp.)  We will be having a major full ditch system cleaning.  As of last Friday, October 12, the joint counties drainage authorities approved a large repair and ditch cleaning proposal.  For those affected by this system, you should receive a notice in the mail in the next few weeks discussing this project.  Please call with questions or concerns about this project.
  • CD86 (Beauford and Decoria Twp.)  I was calculating crop damages and inspecting some our new side intakes that we had installed for water quality.  The last intake should be installed yet this week.  We installed nine new intakes as part of a clean water quality grant.  Hopefully we can do more and more of these in the near future.

Stay alert out there as harvest season is still going on.  Watch for large slower-moving equipment.  We don’t want any accidents and hope all loved ones get home at night.


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