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Sep 16

New Manure Application Setbacks

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.

https://www.blueearthcountymn.gov/FeedlotUpdate

Setback from the Following Physical Features/Structures

Spreading
Without
Incorporation

Injection or Incorporation Within 24 Hours

Irrigation

Streams or rivers

300 feet

50 feet

300 feet

Lakes

300 feet

50 feet

300 feet

Uncultivated Wetlands

300 feet

50 feet

300 feet

Public and private drainage ditches

300 feet

50 feet

300 feet

Surface tile inlets

300 feet

50 feet

300 feet

Water wells

200 feet

200 feet

200 feet

Sinkhole

300 feet

50 feet

300 feet

Residential dwellings

500 feet

300 feet

1,000 feet

Public roads (right-of-way line)

25 feet

No application into the ditch

300 feet

Floodplain

Prohibited

Allowed when above setbacks are met

Prohibited

Mines & Quarries

50 feet

50 feet

50 feet

Frozen soils 6% or greater slope

Prohibited

Prohibited

Prohibited

*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. *

Project Updates:  

  • JD34 (LeRay Twp.)  As-Builts are just about completed and the final acceptance hearing should be scheduled shortly. 
  • CD05 (Medo and Danville Twps.)  All cleaning has been completed for this repair.  All new crossings have been installed.  The only remaining items are areas of seeding and a few outlets to armor with rip rap, otherwise the contractor should start to demobilize this week and next.  Off to the next ditch cleaning job.  The last piece of the last new crossing being installed, shown below.cd05 last new crossing
  • JD09 North / South (LeRay Twp.)  All televising and checklist items should be complete at this point. We will be looking to schedule an acceptance hearing to close this improvement project out.
  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  A few “after harvest” items remain, mostly grading small areas and cutting down in-takes in a few areas.
  • CD26 (McPherson Twp.) Tree cutting crews started earlier this week with removing any large trees.  Smaller trees and brush should be cleaned up later this week or early next week.  Our general contractor for this cleaning will be mobilizing later this week or early next week.
  • JTD83 (McPherson Twp.)  This large scale repair started a couple weeks ago.  Tree clearing crews have been working on portions of open ditch for this system.  All large trees have been removed and the smaller trees and brush clearing should be finished up by the end of the week.  We should see our general contractor start cleaning in the next couple of weeks.  One of our subcontractors is starting some tile repairs today and our new water quality in-takes should start to be installed later this week.  Shown below, crews getting ready to install about 1,000 linear feet of new pipe as part of a branch 7 replacement.jtd83 br. 7

Recent Drainage Inspections:

  • JD48 (Butternut Valley Twp.)  We have a contractor making numerous smaller repairs to multiple areas along the open ditch portion of this public drainage system.
  • CD05 (Danville Twp.) Monitoring the last bits of cleaning and our last new crossing install.  Cleaning activities should be about wrapped up by the end of this week.   
  • CD95 and CD96 (Mapleton & Danville Twp.)  Made annual inspections to these two open ditch systems.
  • CD66 (Beauford Twp.)  Inspected a failing outlet made of concrete.  This tile outlet is the original from around 1920.  New section of tile will be installed, and repairs made to concrete headwall.
  • CD05 (Danville Twp.)  Making on-site inspections to areas to make sure everything is cleaned and properly seeded. 
  • JD03 (Danville Twp.)  We will be cleaning a smaller area of open ditch and some tree clearing.  Hopefully starting later this week or early next week.

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

ryan.hiniker@blueearthcountymn.gov

507-304-4264