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Aug 04

Animated Education

Posted on August 4, 2020 at 5:00 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 8/4/2020


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

Blue Earth County has 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 options.  Notices sent out for drainage hearings will include all necessary information for our constituents to attend these hearings virtually via internet or through the call-in option.

  • No upcoming hearings.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Animated Education:

Hats off to our neighbors to the north, Anoka County SWCD (Soil and Water Conservation District) for putting together an exceptional conservation video.  Anoka SWCD produced an informational video for YouTube titled, “Our Lakeshore Connection”.  This is a video that summarizes and shows much of what we constantly talk about, when talking water quality. 

The video is intended for general knowledge to the general public, most importantly those whom live along our waterways.  It’s a simple explanation of water health, water quality impacts, helpful tips for water quality, all with fun animation.  Without further explanation, click the link to view the video for yourself.  Well done Anoka County SWCD.                                                                                                                                              

Project Updates:  

  • JD34 (LeRay Twp.)  No change from last week.
  • CD05 (Medo and Danville Twps.)  Quiet week last week.  Water levels were still a little too high for cleaning to resume.  We are hoping that crews are back on-site next week to resume opening ditch cleaning operations.  Tree and brush clearing should be finished up.
  • JD09 North (LeRay Twp.)  Final check-list items are being reviewed.
  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  No major items to finish from the improvement.  The few items still left on the project checklist can be quickly completed this fall, after harvest.                                                                                                                                                         

Recent Drainage Inspections:

  • CD56 (Garden City Twp.)  Flood waters have finally receded from most areas that had been flooded last week.  There isn’t a public drainage system in existence that will handle 8 inches of driving rain without some sort of flooding.  Photo shown below of area flooding along portion of CD56.cd56 flooding
  • JD17 (Garden City Twp.Televising was attempted but not successful.  Issues of plugged tile lines, and large amounts of water, equals slowing repair efforts.
  • JD48 Brown (Butternut Twp.)  Issues of ongoing sloughs and other damages, all results of our latest major rain events.  Spraying for weeds and brush has started for some areas of buffer along portions of the open ditch.
  • CD05 (Danville Twp) Looking for areas of damage from the recent large rain event.  A few areas of the open ditch that have been recently cleaned and reshaped have sloughed in.  These areas will have to be re-cleaned once crews are back onsite.cd05 slough
  • JD01 Faribault (Sterling Twp.)  For the first time in a very long time, this outlet from Lura Lake is dry, no water running into JTD01.
  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  So far so good, drier conditions are still holding up those unstable areas along the open ditch.

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