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Jun 23

National Pollinator Week

Posted on June 23, 2020 at 3:36 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 6/23/2020


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • Blue Earth County staff have recently started 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 option also.  Notices sent out for drainage hearings will include all necessary information for our constituents to attend these hearings virtually via internet or the call-in option.                                                                                                                                                    

Pollinator week:

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.                                                                               

Project Updates:  

  • JD34 (LeRay Twp.)  Checklist items should be complete, expecting a closeout soon.
  • CD05 (Medo and Danville Twps.)  Wetter conditions have slowed things a bit for repairs along the open ditch.  Crews are hoping to get back at it later this week to continue cleaning and replacing a few new crossings.  Some of the hydroseeding has been completed along areas that have been disturbed during ditch cleaning.
  • JD09 North (LeRay Twp.)  No changes from last week.


Recent Drainage Inspections:

  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  Monitoring water levels in the open ditch.  When the weather is dry things look good.
  • CD56 (Garden City Twp.)  We had crews repairing multiple areas in need of repair along an old tile line.  Every time we fix one repair, we find another issue.  The wet conditions are delaying the completion to these repairs.
  • CD57 (Mapleton Twp.)  Continuing to work to resolve solar farm repair issues. 
  • JD15 (Lincoln Twp.)  Things were drying out almost enough to make repairs until the recent rains.
  • JD17 (Garden City Twp.)  Our dewatering approach continues for another week.  We almost caught up to the ponding water last week, until the recent rains added to the problem.  Until water levels drop down to a safe level, we cannot finish this repair.
  • JD20 (Lyra Twp.)  Met with the landowner and contractor to discuss options for fixing on-going issues with sink holes in very peaty ground.
  • JD40 (Shelby Twp.)  Issues with an old collapsed clay tile.  Yes, we still have a few remaining clay tiles around the county.  Photo belowjd40

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.




Ryan Hiniker

Drainage Management Specialist