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Posted on February 3, 2017 at 3:57 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 2/3/2017
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
CD98 (Mankato Twp.) This is a ditch system that consists of both tile and open ditch. This system is located just off of Monks Avenue, south of the MSU campus area. Landowners and others effect by this system have been notified by mail of our upcoming meeting that is set for February 7. This meeting will be held on the third floor of the Old Historic Courthouse building, in the third floor conference room starting at 2pm. This meeting is to discuss the upcoming repair project that we have scheduled for this system.
University of Minnesota Nitrogen Management Conference:
This meeting is put on by the University of Minnesota and showcases many very good speakers from the agricultural field. The primary focus of the conference is nitrogen, management, crop yield effects, water quality and other such related topics.
I have personally attended conferences of this nature put on by the U of M before and they have always been very informational. This conference is on February 16 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato starting at 8:15am. Click on this link for more information on this event.
Governor Dayton Signs New CREP Agreement:
Good news for farmers and agricultural landowners, more funding for CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program) will be available. CREP is an offshoot to the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Governor Dayton signed an agreement with the USDA on January 17. This new agreement secures $350 million in federal funds and an additional $150 in state of Minnesota funds for a total of $500 million.
These combined efforts and funds will go towards improving waters across 60,000 acres in 54 different Minnesota counties, including Blue Earth. This CREP program is a voluntary based program in which farmers and landowners can share in this direct payment source of funds. This program, along with many other similar programs, is intended to help create buffer strips, restore wetlands and protect wellheads for quality drinking water. Governor Dayton and Lt. Governor Smith have included $30 million for CREP already in their 2017 jobs bill.
Minnesota CREP is made up of five different agencies, all of which are led by Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR). As many of you know BWSR is also one of the agencies that is helping to implement the new “buffer law” that is set to start being implemented yet later this year for shoreline setbacks. Public drainage, like our county drainage ditches, are set to be implemented in fall of 2018. This new agreement has seen very good support from almost 70 different organizations and agencies which include Pheasants Forever, Minnesota Rural Water Association and SWCD districts, just to name a few of them. Click link for more CREP information.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of January 30 – February 3:
This past week we have stayed busy with preparing for the upcoming season of multiple repairs and improvements. Much of this week involved televising tile on multiple systems which include; CD86, CD43, JD17, JD07 and CD63. We did not get all of them finished this week, due to muddy situations a couple days, but will finish the remaining two systems early next week.
Upcoming Drainage Inspections:
Please call with issues you observe on our public drainage system, 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.
Drainage Management Specialist