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Oct 22

Property & Environmental Resources Department Happenings

Posted on October 22, 2019 at 3:40 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 10/22/2019


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • CD12 (Mankato Twp.)  Blue Earth County Drainage Authority will be holding a hearing on a possible jurisdictional transfer of ditchThose affected landowners should receive notice via US Mail.  Notice will include times and location for hearing.                                               

Project Updates:


  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  Checklist items still remain, to be completed after harvest and when things dry up.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  Checklist items remain, as well as televising pipe. 
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  Nothing new from last week.   
  • CD56 (Garden City Twp.)  NEW! We are installing an iron phosphorus subsurface filter that will filter tile line water.  This is to be a first of its kind in Minnesota.  Supplies should be showing up this week, with construction to start soon.  The pile shown below is some of the material that goes into the phosphorus filter.  It's called Slag and this little pile weighs about 22.5 tons.  Pile one-of-four.slag

Property & Environmental Resources Department Happenings


For this week's blog, we take a slight departure from a drainage emphasis to provide you with some current and upcoming projects the county's Property & Environmental Resources (PER) Department is working on.

The PER department (recently formed by the consolidation of Taxpayer Services and Environmental Services) consists of many divisions, including Planning and Zoning, Waste and Recycling, the Recorder's office, along with Taxation and Assessing.

The PER department is currently working on crafting an ordinance related to stormwater management. The general purpose of the standards is to establish regulatory requirements for post-construction stormwater management after land disturbing activities.

The department's assessing division is also busy conducting property inspections for property tax purposes and will soon begin reviewing new construction for the upcoming assessment. One of the department's appraisal staff members will likely be to your property in the near future if you've secured a construction permit this year.

Additionally, the department's solid waste division has recently launched the Waste Wizard. The Waste Wizard is a new tool will assist residents with how and/or where to dispose of or recycle many different items in the county. Simply type the name of the waste material, and the Waste Wizard will tell you where can be recycled, composted or disposed of properly. The Waste Wizard can be found on the county's website using the following link, and clicking on "Waste Wizard":

Important reminder - if you are considering constructing, building or moving a structure onto your property, please check with the proper zoning authority. Determining which permits you need for a building project depends on where your project is located within the county. Blue Earth County Planning and Zoning staff can assist you through the permitting process and can be reached at 507-304-4381. For more information, visit the county's website and search construction permits.


Recent Drainage Inspections – week of October 14 – October 18:

  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  Monitoring water levels and additional issues with sloughs again.  Beaver dams, yes, two smaller dams, have been identified and will be removed so as to not block flow of ditch.
  • CD56 (Garden City Twp.)  We are preparing to install our new iron phosphorus filter, so supplies are starting to show up.  We now have access to the install site of this new filter, so if things dry up, we should be able to start soon.
  • CD95 (Mapleton Twp.)  Investigating a report of a beaver dam along a portion of the open ditch.  Water levels are still very high as of last week.  This stretch of ditch drains to the Maple River.  The Maple River is very flat and flows rather slowly in this area.
  • JTD83 Waseca (McPherson Twp.)  Investigated reports of standing water and possible beaver issues along open ditch.  I scouted with the utv and could not find a beaver dam.  We did have the drone out and flew a portion of this open ditch and found multiple smaller beaver dams. 
  • JD36 Brown (Cambria Twp.)  Issues with beavers and sloughs.  We might need to explore the cost of removing remaining trees along a portion of the open ditch in this township.
  • JD48 Brown (Butternut Valley Twp.)  I was out marking some buffer violations along portions of the open ditch.  These violations are 103E buffer violations.  103E buffer requires at least a 16.5-foot (1 rod) buffer regardless of slope or best management practices.  The 103F buffer, the newer buffer, is also 16.5-foot-wide, but has some different rules or exceptions to it.

With what might be the last nice warm weekend for the year, I took advantage of it by running in a 5K and building a fence in our backyard.  So needless to say, I had a very labor intensive weekend.  I have a couple photos of my hard work shown below. 

fence 2

Mowing will resume after harvest for some 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