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Oct 09

Drainage Update 10/9/2019

Posted on October 9, 2019 at 3:55 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 10/9/2019


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • No upcoming hearings or meetings.                                                                                                    

Project Updates:


  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  Final checklist clean-up work and televising of new pipe.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  Waiting until after harvest to finish minor grading and televising of new pipe. 
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  Nothing new from last week.    
  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.)  Televising of newly installed pipe should start this week, if water levels in the pipe are down from last week’s heavy rainfalls.  All checklist items should be completed at this point.                                                                                                                                  

Drainage Minutes:

Well, as anyone who the previous blog knows, I have been on vacation for the last week.  So, I don’t have a lot of drainage news to update everyone with.

Last week, I was fortunate enough to escape down to Florida.  While staying there, I did notice how they handle drainage a little differently.  They have canals and areas they call “lakes”, which Minnesotans would scoff at how tiny they are.  Their canals and lakes are designed to handle their storm waters.  The canals are controlled by weirs and gates that eventually flow to the rivers and oceans nearby.  The canal in the backyard of the home we stayed at was considerably lower than normal.  I was informed that it was drained down in anticipation of the hurricanes from a few weeks ago that were supposed to bring large amounts of rain fall.  The area in which I stayed did not receive as much rain as anticipated.

The canals and lakes are big enough to run a small boat or kayak in, but not really for water skiing or any other wild water sports.  The canals are home to lots of turtles and fish species, including Gar.  The waters of the canal are primarily fresh water.  Alligators have been spotted in the canal and we were able to watch some otters fishing and playing around.

I completed a 5k running race while down there, which was an experience.  The race started very early in the morning; once the sun comes up the heat is incredible.

Judging by my rain gauge in the backyard, Blue Earth County saw some big rains last week.  I poured out four plus inches of water out of my rain gauge.

Below I shared some photos of the trip.5k


Have a good week everyone and I’ll be back next week with some actual drainage information.                                                                                                                                 

Recent Drainage Inspections – week of September 30 – October 4:

  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  Beaver have been removed from a portion of open ditch that we have had on-going issues with.  We will schedule to have the beaver dam removed when the waters drop in the ditch and a contractor can safely complete the work.

Mowing will resume after harvest for some southerly portions of the county.

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