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Posted on June 23, 2020 at 3:36 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 6/23/2020
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Happy National Pollinator week. The behind the scenes heroes of our food supply are the pollinators of the world, like bees, hummingbirds and many species of butterflies, just to name a few. Our pollinators play a much larger role than many give credit for. If we had no pollinators, we’d have very little plant life, little to no food, massive issues with erosion of our rivers and streams, no food source for our herbivore animals, and the list continues.
If we lose our plants, we lose our natural air filters that collect all that carbon and turn out oxygen for us to breathe. The impact of losing pollinators would have a huge financial impact on many of our fellow Minnesotans, that rely on selling of their fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers. The lack of fruits and other plants affects the food chain cycle for almost all species, including you and me.
There are many things we can do and are doing to preserve some of our pollinators. We are seeing more CRP and different types of set aside program acres being taken out of row cropping. There are programs that provide funding for pollinator set-aside areas. We now have more areas of buffer along our streams, rivers and ditches. Many lake associations are putting in rain gardens and pollinator friendly plants to help with shoreline restorations. We all can do our own part by planting a variety of different plant and flower species at our own homes. Many small contributions add up to a whole lot of difference.
Recent Drainage Inspections:
Do you have questions or topics about drainage that you would like to here more about? If you would like me to incorporate those concerns or topics in one of my future blogs, please feel free to email me at the listed email address below.
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