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Jun 03

A Rock the Size of a Car...

Posted on June 3, 2016 at 3:27 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Project updates:

We currently have two major projects still going at this time in Blue Earth County.

·        CD28 (Lincoln Twp.): The construction of this project has been slow going due in part to weather and a holiday weekend.  Vortex Drain Tiling LLC has been busy cleaning and clearing a select area of trees near the outlet of this ditch system.  The reason for the clearing is for ease of future inspections and repairs.  Vortex has also been busy with cleaning the ditch as well as installing approximately 120’ of the new 48” HDPE mainline pipe.  Sizeable rains in the recent weeks has made for some challenges with staying on schedule, but Vortex hopes to play “catch-up” by working every other weekend.

·        CD34 (Judson Twp.): Cooreman Contracting continues to push on despite the wet spring.  To date they have approximately 3,500’ of the new 42” mainline HDPE pipe installed.  With just a few connections to go, they hope to bring in a second crew to help with Branch 2 improvements.  Branch 2 is a 24” pipe that will be getting some new improvements.  Neither rain, sand pockets nor even a rock the size of a small car, has stopped Cooreman Contracting from pushing on. It’s too bad I didn’t take a picture; you’ll just have to take our word it was large. Stay tuned for next week, we’ll try and have a picture!


Recent Drainage Inspections – week of May 30 – June 3

The following drainage systems were reviewed by county staff this past week.  Below are a few notes from those inspections.  The full reports for specific issues will be in the June 21 County Board packet, which will be available week of June 13.

·        CD97 (Lyra Twp.): Overall in very good shape; few sloughs and minor cleaning and tree removal needed.

·        JD51 (Danville Twp.): few issues with “gully washing” erosion problems and some minor spot cleaning needed.

·        JD50 (Danville Twp.): Trees and debris could use some cleaning during any possible future repairs.


Upcoming Drainage Inspections – week of June 6 – 10

·        JD07 (Lincoln Twp.): finish up with the rest of this inspection

·       CD91 (Sterling Twp.)

·        JD48 (Butternut Valley Twp.)


Inspectors Notes:

GPS trimble and iPad 


As a County Ditch Inspector, I’m always looking while out in the field for any issues with the ditch.  Inspectors are always taking notes, pictures and recording data.  With the use of a Trimble handheld GPS unit (on the left in the picture), we record locations of issues, any and all visible pipes and intakes along the ditch.  The reason behind doing all this work is in the future, we can make quicker and better decisions on how to fix and improve issues that arise within the ditch system.  If you hear of or know of any issues along a county tile or county ditch system, please call us at the Drainage Office. 



Ryan Hiniker
Drainage Management Specialist