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Posted on September 16, 2020 at 1:37 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 9/16/2020
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.
Fall Manure Application:
In July 2020, the Blue Earth County Board of Commissioners adopted a revised feedlot ordinance that had been in place since 1995. The ordinance revision included some changes to the manure application setbacks. The table below shows the revised manure application setbacks for spreading manure when it is injected/incorporated within 24 hours as well as setbacks for manure application that is not incorporated within 24 hours. The most significant changes are the setbacks to the surface waters and public road right-of-way. Surface water setbacks used to range from 25 feet, all the way up to 100 feet. The revised ordinance shows all those setbacks matching up at 50 feet. The right-of-way setback for injection or incorporation within 24 hours changed from 10 feet to no application into the ditch. However, the right-of-way setback for spreading manure without incorporation did not change and remains at 25 feet.
Be sure to keep the proper manure application records when applying manure this fall. If you have any questions about setbacks or record keeping, please call the County Feedlot Officer at (507)-304-4251. If you are involved with or witness a manure spill this fall be sure to call the Minnesota Duty Officer at (651)-649-5451. If you are interested in other changes to the Feedlot Ordinance, a copy of the revised ordinance can be found on Blue Earth County’s Website.
Setback from the Following Physical Features/Structures
Injection or Incorporation Within 24 Hours
Streams or rivers
Public and private drainage ditches
Surface tile inlets
Public roads (right-of-way line)
No application into the ditch
Allowed when above setbacks are met
Mines & Quarries
Frozen soils 6% or greater slope
*Special Thank you to Garett Rohlfing, fellow member of our Property and Environmental Resources Department and County Feedlot Officer, for this week’s blog article on fall manure. *
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