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Feb 12

Post Blizzard 02/12/2020

Posted on February 12, 2020 at 9:13 AM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 2/11/2020


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • No upcoming hearings or meetings until later in the month.                                            

Drainage Minutes:

    Really quick update from last week.  Things are still pretty quiet this time of year with drainage, hard to believe, right?  We do have one of our first major repairs out for bid and it should awarded later this week. 

Outside of bidding additional large repairs, drainage office staff is staying busy with scheduling multiple hearings for different drainage systems.  This is the best time of the year to get as many meetings completed as possible. 

I have a feeling that this spring will be much like the last few, short and fast.  Our window of opportunity to get things repaired will be short, between waiting for it to be dry enough and when crops are planted.

Not much in the news lately for water or drainage.  One of our local water quality groups, Crystal Waters Project, from Lake Crystal, stays pretty busy during the frozen months keeping some of their fund-raising activities going.  They recently had their annual fishing tournament that helps to raise funds for their local water quality group. 

Part of this fishing tournament extravaganza also includes other events like silent auctions for prize packages and drawings for other major prizes, including a brand-new ATV.  I know that I refer to Crystal Waters Project often, but they are one of the major local clean water groups in our county.

Crystal Waters Project is a huge voice and driving force for why many water quality activities are being completed in the Lake Crystal area.  Blue Earth County and Crystal Waters Projects teamed up on the new phosphorus filter that was installed November of 2019.  Locally, we are seeing more and more activity by water quality groups, especially with the larger lakes in the area.  Many of the other groups are actively doing their own water quality projects and fundraisers.  We hope to keep that water quality relationship growing with all of our area water quality groups into 2020.


Project Updates:


  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  No change from last week.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  No updates given from last week.
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  We have had crews out finishing up with some televising and jetting of certain areas of pipe.     


Recent Drainage Inspections:

  • No inspections made last week.  Ditches are full of snow and ice, so not much to report on at this time. 
Another photo of the aftermath of last weekends snow storm.

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