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Posted on December 9, 2016 at 4:41 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
meetings for board action on the same day, December 13, starting at 9:15 – 10:30. Click here for the board packet.
(Mankato Twp.) Redetermination
of Benefits public hearing and also Repair project public hearing. Starting at 9:15 in Commissioner Board Room.
(LeRay Twp.) Improvement
Preliminary Engineers Report Public Hearing.
Meeting set to start at 10:10 in Commissioner Board Room.
(Beauford Twp.) Repair
Project Public Hearing set to start at 10:30 in Commissioner Board Room.
(Garden City Twp.) This system is located about one and a half
miles northwest of Garden City. The
outlet of this system was in need of repair, along with a few smaller areas of
pipe on the system itself. We received
some funding from SWCD to help pay for a large portion of this outlet rebuild
project. As of Tuesday this week the
project was almost completed. We are
waiting for mother-nature to freeze up a bit more to haul heavy rock in to
finish this project up.
(Lincoln Twp.) Geislinger
and Sons contracting has been working on this project for just under three
weeks. In that time there have been
three separate crews working to install the one new 48 inch pipe. The crews as of Tuesday this week made their
connections to each other to form one full new pipe that stretches just over
4,400 feet in length from the open ditch running north. As of yesterday, December 8, at around noon, the
crews began the process of dewatering the surface water that is standing on
large portions of this system. The old
concrete pipe and old metal pipe are both draining. The old metal pipe is draining through our
new pipe, and it will continue to drain for some time. Within hours of opening up the old metal pipe
water was falling rapidly in the ponded areas.
This intake on the CD28 old metal pipe was full of water Thursday morning. By 1:30pm Thursday afternoon, the water level in this intake dropped over 10 feet.
· We have multiple other smaller projects still
going on all across the county, but mother-nature went from to muddy and wet,
to getting frozen tight in a very short time frame. We will continue with projects as long as we
can, until it’s just too frozen to effectively get work done.
FEMA in house:
Last week I spoke about the
availability of individual assistance funding from FEMA.
This week FEMA has set up “shop” in the Historic Courthouse
building. They are here locally to
provide assistance with the paperwork and to initiate the process of FEMA
funding for those homeowners and individual property owners that were affected
by the September 22nd storms in the area.
FEMA representatives are
located on the third floor of the Historic Courthouse building, in the conference room. There are many
signs to direct those individuals that are coming in for individual assistance help. I am informed that FEMA will be here for
around a month. Their hours of operation
are a bit extended compared to the normal hours of the Court House.
Again FEMA is here to help those
individuals that are seeking assistance from FEMA funds for damage to homes
and property from the September storms of this year.
County No-Till Success:
I read a very good article from Clearwater County in northern Minnesota. Clearwater County is made up of many lakes,
streams and bogs (wetland areas). Their primary
farming practices have been hay and pasture areas. This area of the state isn’t great for
rotation crops like we are used to down in southern Minnesota. They do have some areas that you may find
corn or beans in very small pockets.
The local Clearwater SWCD
took the initiative back in 2015 to push for more no-till practices
locally. In a county with very erodible soils
and lots of water, no-till seems like a sure win for these residents. Clearwater SWCD started out with one primary
piece of equipment: a smaller no-till seed drill.
They had great success with their
no-till test plot areas in the first year.
They spoke of the large crowds that would draw to their field days,
where SWCD staff and growers spoke of their success or issues with making the
switch to no-till. One of the added benefits besides cutting down on erosion
and sediment travel issues is soil health benefits. I have attended many of these no-till seminars,
and with each one I go to, I seem to learn a few new things or ideas.
Clearwater County SWCD also
added to its fleet of environmentally friendly farm implements. They now also
have a larger aerator. This is the same
type of aerator you would use on your own lawn in the fall, just of a larger
scale of course. Many of other counties in the state have equipment like
this. I do believe our Blue Earth County SWCD has a seed drill which they let people rent. Contact the friendly staff of our local Blue
Earth County SWCD to get more details on types of equipment they may have to
use or programs.
Blue Earth County SWCD drill for rent.
No-till and cover crop ideas
have been pushed pretty hard lately by local SWCD and NRCS groups. Many growers have given no-till and cover
crops a second look. Not only because of
the growing success that growers are having with it, but also because program
funding for no-till and other cover crops has grown, and in some cases have no
caps to their program funding. Again
check with your local SWCD experts to discuss these programs and others in
detail to see how you can get started in getting paid to be a steward of the
land. Check out the BWSR site for more
reading on this article and other really great articles, as well as updates to
the new buffer initiative law.
Drainage Inspections – week of December 5 – December 9:
No real ditch inspections this week, other
than just dropping in on active project sites. It was a very busy week again with landowner meetings
and end of the year paperwork. We still
have lots of smaller projects to get done in the county, as far as drainage
repairs. We have 5 contractors working
on 20 projects in the county at this time.
The list of projects is slowly going down, but usually we get one or two
new ones added every week.
*Our ATV is currently out of commission
for repair, so inspections will be halted till it is back and working. Field conditions are very muddy, a good
freeze would help, not only for my inspections, but with all the contractors we
have doing miscellaneous work all over the county.
(Garden City Twp. & Lincoln Twp.)
(Vernon Center Twp.)
Drainage Management Specialist