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Posted on June 24, 2019 at 5:13 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 6/24/2019
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
I don’t have any overly interesting stories to share this week. The last week was fairly quiet as far as drainage issues. I know that some areas of the county did get some big rains and bad weather, but overall most of the county fared well out of isolated heavy storms of last week.
We are still trying to make repairs wherever we can still get in fields. We started out the year with a pile of repairs from 2018, plus the huge flood of repairs that came in from this spring, 2019. Our contractors are still doing what they can to get repairs completed. I do appreciate all our landowners who have been very patient and understanding with us and our contractors during this incredibly busy year. Please continue to be as patient as we continue to work our way through the list of repairs.
Some upcoming projects this year should include a possible improvement project, if not two, some major repairs to branches and laterals on multiple systems, major ditch cleaning repairs and hopefully our phosphorus filters along CD56 near Lake Crystal.
We are seeing a substantial increase in requests to repair old deteriorating county tile lines all over the county. Many landowners are feeling the lingering effects of aging tile, which don't always require a complete improvement. Many times, a repair of newer updated HDPE tile can fix a lot of issues that concrete tile presents. If the tile is simply too shallow no matter what we do, then an improvement may be warranted.
We have a clean water project underway in Pleasant Mound Township along JD85. I spoke of this project earlier this year, involving ten new Alternative Side Intakes (ASI), as we call them. Our contractor started work on these today and should hopefully have them done in a week or two, if mother nature cooperates. This is just one of three projects I worked with our local SWCD staff to secure grant funding for. The other two projects should be done later this year, around Fall. The two other projects are part of two larger open ditch and cleaning projects we have scheduled for later this year.
We have a growing issue with some of our open ditches. The issue is depth and reach. As some of our open ditches continue to get taller and wider from clean outs, the challenge is the next time trying to clean or repair them. We have a few ditches that a 60-foot-long excavator boom won’t even come close to reaching the bottom. What we are doing on a few ditches now is building a cleaning shelf area. The excavator can come in anytime of year to make repairs or clean from the designated shelf area that will be positioned safely in reach of any 60-foot-long excavator reach. The spoils will have to be spread elsewhere or trucked out so as not to create the same problem for future use again.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of June 17 – June 21:
Special note that the blog will be moving to a Tuesday posting in the near future. So, same great blog just being posted one day later on Tuesdays.
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