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Oct 29

Drainage Update 10/29/2019

Posted on October 29, 2019 at 4:18 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 10/29/2019


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.
  • CD86 (Beauford Twp.)  We have a hearing coming up for this Drainage System.  Affected landowners should have received notice via U.S. Mail.  Notice will include location, time and details for the hearing.
  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  An upcoming hearing for this drainage system is scheduled.  Affected landowners should have received notice via U.S. Mail.  Notice to include location, time and details for the hearing.                                                                                                    

Project Updates:


  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  Checklist items still remain after harvest is completed and things dry up.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  Checklist items remain as well as televising pipe. 
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  Contractor to be finishing up all checklist items soon.   
  • 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.                                                                                  

Drainage Minutes:

The end of the year crunch is upon us.  We are trying to get as many repairs completed as we possibly can before things freeze up too hard.  We are almost into November already and the calendar is rapidly shrinking for getting repairs completed this side of the year, we are faced with the task of trying to complete over 150 active repairs across the county.

We started the year out cold and snowy, followed by wet and rainy.  Our window of opportunity to get repairs completed this spring was very short.  The biggest issue besides weather is trying to schedule contractors that are available to complete smaller repair jobs.  Many of our repairs are smaller scale projects that would take a half of a day or less, while some are larger.  Many of our contractors that complete our tile repairs also install private tile, so it’s not just all County jobs they work on.  Our contractors also have to balance their private tile customer workload with trying to get County drainage repairs completed.  Additionally, some contractors also work on larger projects such as sewer and water projects or other large earth-moving projects.

My point is this, we, Blue Earth County Drainage, do not have our own equipment to make repairs.  We rely heavily on our outside contractors for many things.  We use an outside contractor for televising when we have concerns with county tile lines.  We may also use a contractor if a drone is needed.  However, we have been using our own Blue Earth County Sheriff’s department for most of our drone flights lately.

Between trying to make sure that all of our repairs are completed, we have also been trying to keep up with annual inspections of open ditches.  Additionally, we have a few larger tile repairs to complete this year, as well as getting our new phosphorus filter installed.

Needless to say, things are extremely busy this time of the year.  All contractors that we work with are very busy with large workloads of their own.  We are planning on using nine to ten different contractors to complete as many repairs as we can before Mother-Nature freezes things up.  We are planning on having multiple contractors work in certain areas or townships.  Work requests are usually completed in the order in which they are received, but that isn't always possible.  Please report issues to our office as soon as you become aware of them.

I hope everyone can get out and enjoy the last bits of fall we have remaining.  To all farmers and their families, along with all those that work in the agricultural industry, please be safe out there this harvest season. 

I did make it out to yet another 5K this weekend.  This one was a Halloween fun run up in the Twin Cities area.  Beautiful weather and lots of fun costumes at this race last Saturday morning.  I have one more 5K for this year and then I’m done until next year.  I have included just a couple pictures from last weekend's run.  It was a really beautiful area and course to run.

 run 2
 run 3



Recent Drainage Inspections – week of October 21 – October 25:

  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  Some possible issues with a portion of tile on this system, besides the beaver issues.
  • CD56 (Garden City Twp.)  Supplies and materials started arriving last week for the new iron phosphorus filter install.  I am hoping that the weather can stay nice so that we can start work soon, possibly yet this week.
  • CD95 (Mapleton Twp.)  I meet with a contractor to clean around all of the road crossings that have large amounts of sediment and vegetation built up around them.
  • JD36 Brown (Cambria & Butternut Valley Twps.)  There are issues with beavers and sloughs.  We still have multiple areas that need tile repairs.  I am hoping to have a contractor start on making repairs later this week or as soon as they can.  Some areas were non-accessible due to crops yet to be harvested.
  • JD43 (Lyra Twp.)  I was out inspecting a report of a large sink hole along a portion of county tile line that is older.  The photo below shows said sink hole, which looks more like a swimming pool in the photo. cd43sink hole
  • CD50 (Lincoln Twp.)  More issues with sloughs along portions of the open ditch.  Also reviewing some previous areas that still need to be repaired.

Mowing will resume after harvest for some southern portions of the county, weather permitting.  Please call with any new drainage issues as soon as possible as we will have multiple contractors out working across 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