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Drainage Update 7/23/2019

Posted on July 23, 2019 at 1:05 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 7/23/2019


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • Hearing for JD17 landowners.  Landowners affected by this will receive official notification in the mail with details of times and location of hearing.
  • JD15 landowners meeting will be held this week.  Landowners should have received notification via mail detailing the time and location for this meeting.                                               

Project Updates:


  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)   With the exception of some clean-up items and televising, things are complete until after harvest this year.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  Televising of the new line should start sometime in the next few weeks.  One small additional section of tile will be added after harvest. 
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  Most of the check-list items have been completed.  A few minor items will be finished after harvest and with a goal to close this project out this year.    
  • JD51 Waseca (Danville Twp.)  All but a few small areas of buffer reseeding are complete.  Cleaning is complete and new outlets have been installed where they were needed.                                                                 

Drainage Minutes:

The total is in for rain fall from last week, and it’s a bell ringer for some areas.  I personally had around eight inches of rain in my rain gauge.  Needless to say, very little tile or repair work got done last week.  We still have some smaller repairs being worked on around the county and one larger repair project over in Lincoln township.

Last week I was able to attend a field day at the U of M outreach center in Lamberton, Minnesota.  We took part in a tour of some of the studies they are conducting related to water quality.  They are doing hundreds of experiments all the time at this facility, but only a handful concentrate on water quality.  We toured multiple testing sights that included cover crop areas, man-made wetlands (multiple types), alternative intake testing, bioreactors next generation, and open ditch studies.  We currently implement many of these practices in Blue Earth County, but it is always educational to see other practices we could be trying.  The biggest bonus of the research facility is the data.  Blue Earth County may do many of these clean water practices currently, but we don’t always monitor them to see how well they are performing.

The big storm blast from last Saturday has left many of us cleaning up yards, trees and, yes, boats and docks.  Being a water enthusiast, I am out at the lake as much as I can be.  Last Saturday morning I should have looked at the radar before going out.  I had just gotten to the lake and ten minutes later, BOOM, hurricane force winds, waves and rain.  Twenty minutes later extensive damage had been done to multiple boats, docks and boat lifts.  I spent the better part of Saturday afternoon helping clean things up. I was able to capture a few storm photos while the storm was blasting out at the lake on Saturday.

Nothing too exciting this week in the drainage world.  We need some drier periods of weather to get things moving with repairs and projects.                                         storm 3        storm 2           

Recent Drainage Inspections – week of July 15 – July 19:

  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  Three beavers have been removed from the open ditch area of this system.  We will have a contractor open up the beaver dam this week, as it’s holding a large amount of water back currently.
  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.)  Pretty quiet week last week with all the wet weather.  Crews where about 60 – 80 feet into installing the new HDPE tile when the rain started. The Saturday storm blew tile sections over a mile across the job site. Crews are hoping to get things clean-up and drained to start laying tile again this week.
  • JD51 Was. (Danville Twp.)  Besides some minor buffer grass seeding, things are completed with this cleaning project and invoice received.
  • CD76 (McPherson Twp.)  We had some small success with hydro-jetting from a couple of weeks ago.  Water seems to drain a little better than before, when ponding water could sit for days. Not a long-term solution, but some relief for the moment.
  • CD36 (Butternut Twp.)  Areas of small sloughing going on along portions of the open ditch.  Looking at cleaning later this year after harvest, nothing major or damaging at this point.
  • CD27 (Lincoln Twp.)  Our contractor that is building and reshaping a portion of the open ditch on CD27 is doing a good job.  We are reshaping a portion of the ditch, which should provide a long reach excavator the ability to complete cleaning and maintenance along the deep portion of the open ditch.  The other side of the open ditch is MN Highway 60 right-of-way, which is dangerous to work in and contains some very expensive fiber optic cables. We definitely don’t want to damage the cables with machinery.  This reshaping and “cleaning shelf” will help ensure years of safe, attainable cleaning for the open ditch.
  • JD23 (Sterling Twp.)  Issues with a collapsed tile causing a small sink hole.  Should be a quick and easy fix.

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