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Posted on September 17, 2016 at 8:57 AM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 9/16/2016
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Minnesota Public Drainage Manual updated 2016:
Announced at the Drainage Symposium this year is a revised and more user friendly version of the Public Drainage Manual. A set date for the new version to be released is not in stone as of yet. The new manual will be web based and much more “user friendly.” The manual hasn’t been significantly updated since 1991, when it was originated. The new version is condensed down to six chapters, for easier searchability and guidance to drainage laws for users.
Executive Order Passed to Reverse Pollinator Population:
On August 25, 2016, Governor Dayton signed into law an executive order to immediately try to make improvements and efforts put forth to preserve our declining pollinator numbers.
We all know the important role that bees and butterflies play in pollination and in turn food production. If we don’t have them, we have no pollinated plants that in turn don’t produce a lot of our foods. These pollinators are crucial to the agricultural community, and the agricultural community is crucial to Minnesota’s overall economy.
This new executive order asks for some immediate action to be taken by various organizations in the state. Some of these include; DNR, BWSR and MN DOT to name a few. Some of the action needed to be taken by these organizations includes restoring and protecting pollinator habitat and developing strategies to use less pesticides.
This executive order isn’t overly lengthy, but worth reading about if you’re interested. Here’s a link to get you started on this topic.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of September 12 – September 16:
Upcoming Drainage Inspections:
Drainage Management Specialist