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Sep 17

Project Progress and Executive Orders

Posted on September 17, 2016 at 8:57 AM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 9/16/2016

Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • JD9 (LeRay Twp.) landowner informational meeting will be held 9/20 at Eagle Lake city offices building.  Meeting set to start at 2PM.
  • JD9 (LeRay Twp.) official preliminary improvement hearing is set for Tuesday 9/27 at the Blue Earth County Courthouse in board room. Meeting set to start at 9:40AM. 


Project updates:

  • CD34 (Judson Twp.) crews were working very hard this week at laying pipe and have done very well even with the wet conditions.  The 2” rain storm from Thursday definitely shut them down for Friday, but they will hopefully be back at it Monday.
  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.)  Crews were back on-site Wednesday of this week.  There are actually multiple things happening at the same time out on this project.  We have the contractor working at trying to install the new pipe, in very muddy and harsh conditions, and also we are trying to “de-water” the standing water in the surrounding area.  We should have a good feel of how our efforts are working out by next week.  Mother Nature could give us a break and turn the water off for a while.

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:
Minnesota Seal
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: 

  • CD43 (Mankato Twp.) Did inspection of a possible plugged old concrete county tile
  • JTD83 (McPherson Twp.) A plugged tile was repaired; just checked in to make sure everything was still functioning.
  • JD33 (McPherson Twp.)  Investigated a possible separated old large concrete tile that was starting to cause some possible “sink holes.”
  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.) Lots of time spent out on this system this week.  As the rains continue and the water is still backing up, relief efforts are underway - hopefully starting Friday Sept. 16.CD28 new outlet to ditchCD28 new outlet into open ditch area.

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