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Posted on May 26, 2020 at 2:49 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 5/26/2020
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
While some of us fellow Minnesotans might be going a bit stir crazy at the moment, hope is on the horizon, if you’re an outdoor enthusiast. Some Department of Natural Resources, DNR, managed campgrounds will start to open back up very soon. As of June 1, 2020, some areas of camping in Minnesota state and county parks will start to open back up. These parks and camping areas need to come up with a plan to abide by the Governor’s order to keep distancing practices going. Some of the rough camping sites will be amongst the first group to open, followed by some lodging type facilities and eventually, by mid to late June, have almost all state park facilities up and functioning at some capacity. The DNR urges campers to come prepared with their own sanitizing supplies and some other bathroom type supplies.
DNR staff know that they have a lot work in the coming weeks to get the parks and areas open and ready for visitors again, but they are confident that they will meet the demands.
Some facilities that will remain closed to the public will include, beaches, pools, cabins requiring housekeeping and visitor centers, just to mention a few.
I visited Iowa last week with my family for a quick vacation. It seemed so strange to be surrounded by people and businesses bursting at the seams and life seamlessly caring on, despite what some neighboring states are doing for the COVID-19 situation. I hope that we get back to this type of normalcy sooner than later. Photo from the boat last Saturday. Waters where a littler rough from all the boat traffic, but hard to pass up a nice day.
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