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Nov 26

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Posted on November 26, 2019 at 3:12 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 11/26/2019


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • No upcoming hearings or meetings.

Project Updates:


  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  Checklist items still remain after harvest is completed and things dry up.  Mostly grading and in-take maintenance is all that’s left.  Some televising also needs to be completed before the project is accepted officially.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  The north portion of this improvement project remains to be televised, but all of the southern portion of the improvement has been completed. 
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  We should see some final “punch-list” items being finished soon.  Grading, televising and some minor tasks should be completed in 2019.   
  • CD56 (Garden City Twp.)  The SWCD staff have supposedly started as of last Friday, November 22, sampling the phosphorus levels before and after our the phosphorus filter.  Learning from our neighboring state of Wisconsin, where they installed a similar phosphorus subsurface filter, the filter took a few months to really start seeing huge phosphorus reductions.  We will definitely be monitoring our local phosphorus filter for years to come, with hopes of great results.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Water Storage Initiative:

There is a Water Storage Initiative Petition circulating.  The purpose of the petition is to allow our fellow Minnesotans' voices to be heard regarding clean water efforts and securing long-term funding.  The petition is focused locally for the Minnesota River Watershed area and benefitting southern Minnesota areas of water quality concerns.

The approach gives each individual Minnesotan a voice of contribution towards the future of clean water.  The petition is looking to secure funds to support best management practices that incorporate water storage on the land, including wetland restorations, stormwater retention ponds, saturated buffer areas and many other erosion and sediment control type structures.

Speaking from the perspective of County Drainage, we are already doing much of this.  We are always looking for ways and areas to improve water quality.  With every major repair or improvement, we incorporate plans to include areas of possible water quality structures of various types.  Not trying to toot our own horn, but just in the last year alone, Blue Earth County has secured almost $100,000 in grant funding for clean water practices towards various public drainage systems.

We (Blue Earth County Drainage) work very hard with our local SWCD and other groups to secure as much grant funding as we can to support as many clean water projects as we possibly can.  Many of these clean water features, or BMP’s (best management practices) would not be installed without the funding from outside sources.  It’s hard to get people on-board with spending thousands of dollars for clean water. However, I think it may become easier in the future with more people realizing how big of a difference these clean water projects make.

We will continue to work with our SWCD partners and other groups to secure more funding in the coming years, aimed at continuing to be a local driving force for cleaner water.  Locally, we have great groups and people going the extra mile towards achieving cleaner water.

Interested in learning more about this petition?  Follow the link.


Recent Drainage Inspections – week of November 18 – November 22:

  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  Monitoring water levels and hopefully no new beaver activity. 
  • CD57 (Mapleton Twp.)  We are busy with televising areas of sink holes along some older portions of tile.
  • JD36 Brown (Cambria & Butternut Valley Twps.)  Repairs slowly, but surely, continue to proceed for various areas along this drainage system.
  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.)  The new drop in-take structure is in place.  The conditions have been just too wet and muddy for trucks to haul fill out across any fields.   
  • JTD01 Far. (Sterling Twp.)  Monitoring our outlet structure from Lura Lake.  This structure is one of only two outlets to this lake. 
  • CD56 (Garden City Twp.)  Well, it was sink holes and collapsed tiles two weeks ago, now it's beavers building a high-rise hotel in a portion of our open ditch.  Photo below doesn’t do true justice to the size of this beaver dam.CD56 beaver dam

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