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Posted on May 6, 2019 at 5:16 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 5/6/2019
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Environmental Learning Day:
Last Friday, May 3, I was fortunate to be part of a very special learning day. The 4th Annual Environmental Learning Day was held in Lake Crystal. This year’s day was at Jones Park, down near the saddle club, on the south side of town.
The Environmental Learning Day is focused on elementary kids and educating them at an early age about our environment. There were around 425 students that attended the learning day. The students came to the park by grade levels and their individual class groups. The kids walked the few blocks from their school to Jones Park, where they had four different environmental stations.
The four different environmental stations included: Litter pick up area, nature hike, water quality testing and environmental learning station. The classes would all take their turns rotating through all four stations. Each station was about ten minutes long. The litter pick up area was a snow stock-pile area. The city would haul in loads of snow and pile it up in this field area. The snow often contained garbage or other debris from the city streets.
The nature hike area was the area I was speaking at. I spoke about the county drainage ditch that runs along this park area and then in through town. One other gentleman from the Department of Natural Resources also spoke on the nature hike about trees, the pond, and bugs.
The water quality station let the kids see how the MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) staff go about doing water tests and what the different water samples look like. The fourth station, the environmental learning station, had a couple different presenters also. One of the presenters was speaking and demonstrating the use and importance of solar energy. The second part of the presentation spoke and also demonstrated about composting.
If was a very successful day and it seemed like the children enjoyed it. The kids learned lots of new things about the environment, as did some of the adults, including myself. Many people didn’t realize that the county ditch, CD56, that goes right through town and into Crystal Lake was in fact a county ditch and not a creek or river or stream.
I gave a few fun facts about the ditch system. Here are the two interesting facts that I shared with the kids: CD56 drains over 9,000 acres through the ditch and into Crystal Lake. This equates to over 7,000 football fields draining through the ditch. The second fun fact is that CD56 has around nine miles of open ditch. That’s almost the distance from Lake Crystal to Madelia or Lake Crystal to Garden City.
All-in-all it was a fun day for the kids and the adults. I was proud to be part of this learning day and fortunate enough to be surrounded by some great people doing great things for our environment. Every little bit helps and Lake Crystal is a shinning example of how little things make big differences when it comes to the environment.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of April 22 – April 26:
Can you name this weed species shown in photo below? Answer will be given in next week’s blog.
We are seeing a fairly large number of tile repairs coming in this time of year. The unfortunate thing is we are still trying to work through our repair list from last year, 2018. Please report issues you see on our public drainage systems, whether it’s a tile system or an open ditch system. The repairs are usually fixed in the order they are received, so please don’t wait to let us know about issues you observe on public drainage systems, as the list grows daily.
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