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May 19

Boating Responsibly

Posted on May 19, 2020 at 4:18 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 5/19/2020


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • In response to the current COVID 19 situation, all in person hearings and meetings for drainage have been suspendedWe will send out new notices for all hearings and meetings that need to be rescheduled.
  • Blue Earth County staff have been hosting board meetings and some drainage hearings virtually.  Blue Earth County staff has been using a combination of live-streaming video and conference call-in options.  Notices sent out for drainage hearings will include all necessary information for landowners to attend these hearings virtually.                                                                                                                                                

Aquatic Hitchhikers:

With the official start to the angling season coming over the Mother's Day weekend, here is a little refresher on boating maintenance.  Minnesota boaters are required to make sure their watercraft is cleaned, drained and proper disposable procedures are used when discarding unused bait, a three-step process.  Yes, dispose of your unused bait after using it in one body of water, do not re-use this bait in another lake or stream or river.  The purpose of this is to avoid the spread of any exotic species jumping from water body to water body across Minnesota.  Exotic species have been on the rise in past years, mostly due to cross contamination from boats and watercraft not properly cleaning their equipment in between usages.

The other two steps involve cleaning your watercraft and trailer.  Cleaning of the trailer is rather simple;  remove any visible debris and vegetation from the lake.  For watercraft, empty any and all live wells or bait wells.  These items cannot only get you pulled over but could also get you a hefty fine with an autograph from the game warden officer.  Even if no law enforcement is at the landing of your favor fishing spot, do the right and responsible thing and make sure your boat is clean and ready for the next adventure.

Also, remember to practice your social distancing when at these public access areas of your area lakes, rivers and streams.  Minnesota DNR (Department of Natural Resources) staff is encouraging families to only boat with immediate family members.

We all have this COVID-19 guidelines down pat after 8 plus weeks, have fun out there, be safe and responsible with your boat and equipment.  Remember to leave it better than you found it for the next generation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Project Updates:  

  • CD34 (Judson Twp.)  Acceptance hearing was held, and project is officially accepted as completed.  This now starts the three-year warranty period.
  • CD05 (Medo and Danville Twps.)  No updates from last week.
  • JD09 North (LeRay Twp.)  Final reviews of televising footage is underway.  A few very minor things to complete this fall after harvest season and this project should be ready for an acceptance hearing.


Recent Drainage Inspections:

  • CD69 (Mankato Twp.)  Monitoring of system outlet area.
  • CD56 (Garden City Twp.)  We still have a contractor in the watershed area making repairs.
  • JD17 (Garden City Twp.)  Our contractor from CD56 is set to make a sink hole repair on this system.
  • CD87 (Garden City Twp.)  Water has been draining great for almost a week.  I’m glad we got this repair done before the heavy rains from the past weekend.  Repair sight is all fixed up and seeded.  Things are looking great and draining well.
cd87 finished

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Finished photos of CD87, after our boring and repair.
  • JD09 (Cambria Twp.)  Monitoring how our newly installed ASI’s are holding up and how well our seeding is growing.
  • CD05 (Danville Twp.)  Monitoring water levels and pushing for this repair to continue.
  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  Monitoring any sloughing issues.
  • CD60 (Sterling Twp.)  Working with a contractor to make repairs to a small section of very shallow tile.  We plan to slightly relocate it, so we can get more cover over the tile line by building it into a small hillside.  We also need to rebuild an intake structure near a cross culvert on a county gravel road.

We have multiple contractors making repairs across the county currently.  Please report repair issues to our drainage staff as soon as you notice them, as this will expedite the time in getting those repairs made.

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