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Posted on September 22, 2020 at 11:07 AM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 9/22/2020
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 Clean Up:
Well, despite what we want and think, fall 2020 is coming very soon. Now is the time of year that many people are busy pulling out their lake equipment. Whether it might be a dock, a boat lift, jet ski lift or floating dock, no matter what it might be, if it was in the water this season now is the time to be checking this equipment over for any invasive species.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking all fellow Minnesotans to look over their lake equipment before putting it away for storage. Fall is a good time to be looking for aquatic hitchhikers like Zebra Mussels, which have been on the rise in many new lakes in the last few years. Lake users and lake property owners are the first line of defense against the spread of invasive species from invading your favorite lakes.
How many of us know that there are Minnesota laws on docks and lifts? Test your knowledge, did you know that any docks and lifts removed from one lake must remain out of the water for a minimum of 21 days before being put into another lake? Anyone that chooses to move a lift or dock from one shoreline area to another area, whether it be for storage or for repair, permitting may be needed, to help prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.
Are you wondering how you can learn more and do your part in slowing the spread of invasive species into our lakes and waterbodies, click on the link below.
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