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Posted on May 19, 2020 at 4:18 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 5/19/2020
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
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.
Recent Drainage Inspections:
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.
Drainage Management Specialist