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Posted on October 13, 2020 at 1:56 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 10/13/2020
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Blue Earth County has 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.
Sorry, not a whole lot of newsworthy things in the local water quality world. But there is a water quality field tour coming up that may interest folks that work with water quality. Individuals are encouraged to attend, including water quality related professionals, concerned landowners or citizens looking for what the latest and greatest in the water quality world is. This is a tour of just a few of the latest water quality practices that are being used locally. The water quality practices include wetland restorations, online pond storage, and different treatment methods for phosphorus and nitrates. Does this sound like something you’re interested in? Please follow the link to register.
Blue Earth County drainage is still very busy making repairs anywhere we can across the county. Our two larger repairs are in the northeast portion of the county, just 2 miles northeast of St. Clair. Besides those two repairs, we are putting the final touches on our CD05 repair. We are now televising as much as we can before the extreme cold comes. Outside of those items, things are just staying busy with repair items and keeping five plus contractors busy. We are pushing as hard as we can to get all repairs done, it’s been a great year to get repairs completed.
Recent Drainage Inspections:
Special note, as I am making some annual inspections along areas of open ditches, I am noticing an increasing number of buffer violation areas. Please remember that all 103E drainage systems are required to have a 16.5-foot buffer along the open ditch areas. Wondering if your ditch falls into the 103E category, give me a call or email.
One last photo from my weekend getaway.
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