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Oct 13

Drainage Update 10/13/2020

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.

  • JD34 & JD09 (LeRay Twp.)  Final acceptance hearings for both improvement projects will be held on October 20, 2020.  Those affected landowners should receive notice via U.S. Mail with details and instructions for the hearings.                                                                                                    

Drainage Minutes

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.                                                                                        

Project Updates:  

  • JD34 (LeRay Twp.)  Final closeout documents received.  Final acceptance hearing to be held October 20, 2020. 
  • CD05 (Medo and Danville Twps.)  To our knowledge all repair items and additional cleaning have been completed.  Seeding seems to be coming up great in the areas completed about a month ago.  Final touches on a few things here and there, otherwise this repair should be complete.jtd83 lang
  • JD09 North / South (LeRay Twp.)  Final close out documents have been received.  Final acceptance hearing scheduled for October 20, 2020.
  • 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.) A small amount of open ditch cleaning occurred last week.  Not much action for installing any ASI’s happened last week.  Crews are hoping to return this week to continue installation of these water quality structures.
  • JTD83 (McPherson Twp.)  Crews have been busy the last week.  Our first new road crossing has been installed.  Reshaping and a few ASI’s have been installed along the first section of open ditch near the outlet.  Crews have done a great job regrading and reshaping some pretty rough areas along portions of the open ditch.  Ditch cleaning is up to about 10,000 feet upstream of the outlet, which means we are about halfway done with ditch cleaning.  An issue with a beaver dam slowed things down for a little bit.

Recent Drainage Inspections:

  • CD05 (Danville Twp.) General inspections along repair areas. 
  • JD48 (Butternut Valley Twp.)  Our contractor has fixed up all the major slough areas for now.  Some additional items still to be done in these areas include a small amount of seeding and a few more areas of small repairs needed, that we will work on as the contractor is available.
  • CD26 (McPherson Twp.)  Monitoring repair efforts.
  • JTD83 (McPherson Twp.)  Things are looking good in the first five thousand feet of open ditch repair.  All reshaping and buffer areas have been done and are just about ready for seeding.  A new culvert was installed under the township road.  Things look nice on this repair.
  • CD56 (Garden City Twp.)  Crews have almost all the tile repairs completed from five different tile repair locations.  The rains kept them from completing one last area of repair.  Crews should be able to finish up later this week.
  • JD36 (Cambria Twp.)  Areas of repairs and televising should start later this week.
  • JD32 (Pleasant Mound Twp.)  Inspected an issue with a start of a sink hole caused by a cable installation.
  • CD92 (Medo Twp.)  Occasionally monitoring the installation of our open ditch reroute, as part of a wetland restoration.  See photos below of new ditch coming along nicely.cd92

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.                                                                                                            stillwater
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.




Ryan Hiniker

Drainage Management Specialist