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Posted on October 6, 2020 at 4:56 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 10/6/2020
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Blue Earth County have been 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.
I will give a quick update of all thing’s drainage related. We still have many crews making both large and small repairs all over the county. Our major repair projects are either just about finished or well underway. We plan on making repairs and fixes for as long as Mother-Nature will allow us to this year. We do have a couple larger repairs that will be coming up soon, as well as possible new projects.
Now that harvest season is in full swing, repairs are starting to be reported once again. Please remember to report these repairs as soon as possible so they can get on the list for our contractors to get them done.
We are also very busy this time of year with televising and open ditch inspections. Now that I have started a few areas of ditch inspections, I am finding areas of buffer violations. Those individual landowners will receive violation notices with instructions on how to make corrective actions to bring their property back into 103E compliance. Some of the common violation issues include improper width for buffer (16.5ft), as well as fence posts, rocks and other permanent debris that is not allowed in the buffer areas. Costs to make repairs to buffer violation areas can be charged to the landowner, if said violation is not brought back into compliance in the time allotted in the violation notice.
For more information on these subjects or others that might be drainage related, please email me or call me with the contact information provided at the end of the blog.
Water Talk Newsletter:
I came across this interesting email the other day. The email has many articles talking about multiple issues of water and water quality; too many to list here. Have you ever wondered how your groundwater gets into the ground? Check out the many quick demonstration videos included in the article. A very educational video demonstration, I only wish they would do more of these types of videos for more areas across the state. Ever wonder about shorelines and altering land around water bodies, there’s even information on that (remember to consult your zoning official prior to completing work). Looking for better understanding for floodplain areas? Wondering about shoreline ordinances? This article provides a general understanding, but please contact your zoning official prior to construction, as regulations may change from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. If any of these subjects interest you, click the link below to explore this newsletter. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/MNDNR/bulletins/2a1bde1
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. We also do not allow any permanent or seasonal items to be placed in our open ditches or buffer areas. These types of items would include rocks, fence posts, trailers or other agricultural equipment, just to mention a few items. If you have questions or concerns with open ditches or buffers, please call.
Drainage Management Specialist