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Aug 05

The BBR - Biennial Budget Request

Posted on August 5, 2016 at 4:40 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 8/5/2016

Project updates:

  • CD34 (Judson Twp.) Crews are still working in areas that are dry.  They were heading north this week through the southern half of Section 16 in Judson Township.  The nicer weather lately and shallower digging has sped the install pace up a bit.
  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.) The de-watering process is slowly, but surely, gaining some ground in areas.  The system failure can’t afford any more rains this summer. 


BBR, what is BBR?  This stands for Biennial Budget Request.  This request is submitted from BWSR to the federal level to obtain funds for grants and other things on a state level.  This is part of a water management plan that is put together every 5-10 years by our local drainage and SWCD groups.  This Biennial Budget funding is a two year funding request.  These funds are to be set aside for FY (fiscal year) 2018 – 2019.  These funds help pay for more immediate repairs and projects that may be included in our local water management plan, but may need quicker attention. 

BWSR gathers information from local governments about the needs and concerns for future water management and funding.  They then submit that to the federal level.  The funds that BWSR receives then are broken down into four main categories.  Click on any of the following for a link for more information on each.

  • Natural Resources Block Grant; this grant helps fund statewide rules and regulations.  Things included in this grant could be sewage treatment systems, wetland conservation act and comprehensive local water management.  These are just a few of the things covered under this grant.
  • SWCD FUNDS; these funds help local districts pay for conservation projects on a local level.
  • Clean Water Fund; these are above and beyond normal day-to-day repairs.  These funds are for highly prioritized or targeted drainage systems.  The repairs from these funds usually include the latest technology in BMP’s (best management practices) and are for efforts to improve our water quality.
  • Conservation Easement; these are for willing landowners to create a permanent conservation area on a voluntary basis.  These areas of conservation easement are more target-based opportunities like prairie and wetland restorations in sensitive areas.

There’s a lot of behind the scenes work that goes into coordinating and making all these moving parts work together efficiently.  Here in Blue Earth County, we are very fortunate to be surrounded with great staff and knowledgeable people from all of our different water and drainage agencies including SWCD, Environmental Services and our local drainage authority.  We’re a good team that works well together.

Recent Drainage Inspections – week of August 1 - 5: 

  • JD48 (Butternut Valley Twp.) mowed for noxious weeds
  • CD50 (Lincoln Twp.) mowed for noxious weeds
  • CD51 (Ceresco Twp.) collapsed concrete retention wall, needs repair.
  • CD57 (Mapleton Twp.)  Partial inspection, for a new land use in the nearby area.  System for the most part in very good shape. 
        CD51 collapse
CD51 structure collapse  

Upcoming Drainage Inspections:

  • CD27 (Butternut Valley Twp.)
  • JD38 (Sterling Twp.)
  • JD49 (Sterling Twp.)
  • CD78 (Vernon Center Twp.)
  • CD01 (McPherson Twp.)




Ryan Hiniker
Drainage Management Specialist