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Jul 01

BWSR Looking For Public Input and Read About Dangerous Plants

Posted on July 1, 2016 at 3:48 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 7/1/2016

Project updates:

  • CD34 (Judson Twp.) progress is still going but slower, the two crews combined into one after some issues with very wet conditions.
  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.) contractor is set to start back up next week.
  • CD78 (Vernon Center Twp.) final touches and some seeding.

BWSR Seeks Public Input For Buffer Laws:

BWSR (Board of Water and Soil Resources) is seeking the public's input on buffer implementation policies.  BWSR is looking for feedback and input to the various topics associated with the new pending buffer laws.  The window of opportunity to voice your opinion is narrow.  Click on the link to see details and additional information.

Local Happenings:

MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) has given a preliminary green light for a sewage plan for West Jefferson Lake.  The plan would take the pumped sewage from homes around West Jefferson and pump that all the way up to the city of Cleveland.  After a few changes were made to the initial plan, Le Sueur County gained preliminary approval for the plan.  Le Sueur County officials also remain very hopeful of some grant funds coming their way to offset the multi-million dollar project.  The project stems from non-compliant septic systems around the lake, this has been a concern around many of our area lakes in the very recent history.  The answer for this issue has been to pump the sewage into larger towns who can handle it.  This is a very costly and time consuming process, but a great direction in improving water quality in our area lakes.

Recent Drainage Inspections – week of June 27– July 1:

Finally got the ATV back from the service shop so the inspections can resume.

  • JD36 (Butternut Valley Twp.)  Still getting calls on lingering storm damage after our June 17th blast of nasty weather.  Multiple washouts and blowouts of the open ditch system, as well as multiple areas of tile collapse.  This is going to be a large scale project going forward to fix this old and failing system.  The Cambria and Butternut Valley Township areas seemed to get the worst of the damage in our area. 

Upcoming Drainage Inspections – week of June 13 – 17

  • JD24 (Shelby Twp.)
  • CD91 (Sterling Twp.)
  • JD116 (Pleasant Mound Twp.)
  • CD89 (Pleasant Mound Twp.)
  • JD85 (Pleasant Mound Twp.)
  • JD82 (Pleasant Mound Twp.)

*this list is the same as last week because I did not get to inspect these yet*

CD34UpdatePhotos:CD35 project photo

Photo of ongoing new main line installation on project CD34 (Judson Twp.)

Weed Warning:
wild parsnip photo
Wild Parsnip shown in above photo.  Wild Parsnip although kind of pretty and often mistaken for a wild flower, is very much dangerous to human skin.  This wild plant species has been slowly making is way north from the Iowa area.  The oil or sap from the plant comes in contact with your skin and the combination of sunlight and oil causes a very severe allergic reaction on your exposed skin.  Most cases of exposure do require a visit to the doctor's office.  People will often describe the feeling of severe itching and constant burning.  The skin can take weeks to fully heal and sensitivity to sunlight in previously affected skin can last for years after.  Wild parsnip grows all over, and from my personal experience is becoming a very common thing to see in road ditches and fence lines in Blue Earth County.  If you are working in an area you suspect has Wild Parsnip, wear protective clothing like long sleeves, pants and gloves of some type.  Please keep children away from this as it would be an extremely unpleasant experience for anyone - especially a child.


 Ryan Hiniker
Drainage Management Specialist