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Dec 23

Holiday Season 2016

Posted on December 23, 2016 at 3:19 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 12/16/2016

***Due to the holiday season, there will not be a blog next week.  We'll see you again on January 6, 2017! ***

Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

*No upcoming meetings. 

Project updates:

  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.)  Mother Nature is in charge at this point.  After making the necessary connections, water has been draining on its own for almost two weeks.  As of this week, the water level has dropped over two feet in the areas of standing water.  Hopefully the weather stays favorable and the water just keeps dropping and draining these ponded areas.
  • A few ditch cleaning projects are still going on in spots in the county.  The rest of the repairs and projects will have to wait until spring.

Drainage Happenings:

Pretty quiet week, as to be expected, with the weather and upcoming holiday season. We have started looking towards next year’s projects already.  Things are going to be very busy in 2017 as far as actual projects and improvements.  Hopefully we don’t get the rains in 2017 that we did in ’16.  We definitely didn’t need any more rain or any more repairs to make for this year.  Some repairs will actually end up getting done in 2017.  Just too many repairs and not enough good weather in 2016 to finish them all up.

BWSR Updates:

Minnesota approved the first-ever Comprehensive Watershed Management Plans for two watershed districts.  Yellow Medicine and Root River watersheds both submitted their plans to BWSR.  These plans are part of BWSR’s “one watershed, one plan” initiative.  The idea behind BWSR’s plan is to unify the different entities of SWCD’s, counties and watershed districts, to all work together towards a targeted goal.

These Comprehensive Watershed Management Plans address multiple areas of concern, like water quality and water control.  Water quality would be our lakes, rivers, streams, drinking water and ground water.  Water control would address issues of flooding concerns and areas that are highly erodible.  Local watershed groups already address these concerns, but not always addressing them unified in one plan.  Our local groups work well together, our drainage authority, SWCD and environmental services groups all work together on our targeted areas of concern locally.  I’m all for our local groups working together to have a common goal or vision.  We locally have a better knowledge of our local concerns and needs and keeping that local is also a very important issue of concern.

BWSR launched this “one watershed, one plan” idea back in 2014.  At that time, five pilot watersheds were chosen to launch their plans.  The five areas include: Lake Superior North Watershed, North Fork Crow River Watershed, Red Lake River Watershed, Root River Watershed and Yellow Medicine River Watershed.  These ideas and plans are all very good steps in the right direction, but some changes and “tweaking” will be needed going forward.  I think we need to be careful in making the right long term decisions with these plans instead of a quick emotional decision.  Many factors contribute into these plans and they shouldn’t be taken lightly or quickly.

For more information about this One Watershed, One Plan, click the icon to read more on this and other BWSR articles.
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Recent Drainage Inspections – week of December 12 – December 16:

No inspections made this week.

Upcoming Drainage Inspections:

*Our ATV is currently out of commission for repair, so inspections will be halted until it is back and working. 

  • CD56 (Garden City Twp. & Lincoln Twp.)
  • JD38 (Sterling Twp.)
  • JD49 (Sterling Twp.)
  • CD78 (Vernon Center Twp.)
  • CD01 (McPherson Twp.)
  • CD93 (Decoria Twp.)

Please call with issues you observe, as there is a lot of open ditch and tile in our county and only two of us in the drainage department.  We will do our absolute best to service your issues and concerns as we receive them.

Have a very merry holiday season. Hope everyone is safe and enjoys time with family and friends. 
kiwanis lights
My family and myself at Kiwanis lights.


             Ryan Hiniker
Drainage Management Specialist