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Posted on March 4, 2019 at 5:18 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 3/4/2019
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
I spoke last week about a possible tax credit for the acres of buffer that are being taken out of row-crop production by Minnesota's Buffer Law in Chapter 103F of state statue. There is also a bill proposed that speaks of paying a rental rate to landowners for these acres of riparian buffer taken out of production. I don’t know if applicants will be eligible for both the rental payment and the tax credit, or whether either or either will pass. This bill including rental payment consideration is SF 459 (click link for bill information).
We are currently working with our local SWCD to get some assistance funding for clean water practices along four of our Blue Earth County drainage systems. The four systems we are currently working to secure funds for are: JD85, CD26, JTD83 Waseca and CD56. I spoke of CD56 awhile back about how we are still working on installing phosphorus filters along this large system that flows directly into Crystal Lake. For the other systems I listed, we have plans for installing alternative side intakes or water quality intakes. We just finished late last year with systematically installing a bunch of new ASI’s (alternative side intakes) on CD86 open ditch, near the Mapleton / Beauford area.
The push for doing these types of water quality intakes is to help reduce the amount of sediment entering our open ditches, and also hopefully reduce repair costs in the long run. There has been an increase in public funding for water quality projects of this nature. It's a win-win when we can help and do our part in cleaning up our waters and get help funding these projects.
I fully intend on working with our local SWCD for future projects of this nature in the upcoming years. Below are two examples of alternative side intakes that we have actually implemented on some of our drainage systems.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of February 11 – February 15:
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