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Mar 31

Changes to Repairs

Posted on March 31, 2017 at 4:21 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 3/31/2017

Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

No upcoming drainage hearings or meetings.


Project Updates:

  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.)  Geislinger and Sons (contractor) started this week with cleaning sediment out of the open ditch portion of this system.  They started on Monday and worked through Thursday.  In that time span they cleaned 9,415 linear feet of open ditch, which is very impressive for a few days’ work.  They are scheduled to start laying new pipe starting again on Monday, April 3.  They have stated that they will be running two crews on installing pipe.  If conditions stay nice and dry, they can install a lot of pipe in a very short amount of time. 


Drainage Minutes:

With the record breaking rains of last year, also comes this year record breaking projects and repairs to be made.  I just wanted to speak briefly about repairs to a county tile or open ditch system.  We have in the past had people just go ahead and make repairs to our county systems without prior approval from the Blue Earth County Drainage staff.  Repairs of any nature to a county system without prior approval are not allowed.  Repairs to a county system cannot be made by an unlicensed contractor or individual.  What I’m trying to say is that just because some landowners have a backhoe or equipment to do the work, we are not allowing or authorizing those individuals to do work unless they are a licensed and insured contractor. cd25 slough new

This change is not to make things more difficult for getting repairs done.   We at Blue Earth County Drainage have an obligation to make sure these repairs are made correctly and only by licensed contractors that have our standards of insurance.  This is a policy both at a county level as well as at a state level, statutorily we have financial procedures to follow.

We require that all repairs to a county drainage system (tile or open ditch) be authorized by one us in the drainage office, either Craig or myself, before any repairs are made.  Repairs need to be made by a licensed and insured contractor.  Repairs that are not made known to and approved by the Blue Earth County Drainage office are subject to denial of payment.  

BWSR is Seeking Public Review and Comment:

Starting Monday, April 3, BWSR (Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources) will be seeking public review and comment to proposed policies and plans for implementing the Minnesota buffer program.  The two items that BWSR have specifically called out for review are Policy 9 and also APO plan.  Policy 9 pertains to County and Watershed District buffer rules, ordinances and official controls.  APO stands for Administrative Penalty Order.  The APO is the enforcement rules and penalties associated with violations or non-compliance issues with the buffer. 

I try to keep close tabs on what’s going on with the buffer law and any possible changes.  As of now they are still planning on implementing the buffer ordinances starting this fall.  I know that there are a few items sitting in legislation that may change those time frames, but until we are notified differently the current buffer implementation dates are still a go.  For more reading on this subject click here.
BWSR deadlines

Recent Drainage Inspections – week of March 27 – March 31: 

  • CD83 (McPherson Twp.)  Investigated report of areas of sloughing on the open ditch.
  • CD86 (Beauford Twp.)  Met with a landowner to review upcoming repairs to this drainage system.
  • JD45 (Mapleton Twp.)  Investigated a report of a sink hole forming from an old concrete tile separating.
  • CD60 (Sterling Twp.)  Issues with a concrete tile separating near a surface intake.
  • JD01 (Sterling Twp.)  Ongoing issues with the lake outlet structure plugging up with debris.
  • CD77 (McPherson Twp.)  Issues with tile separatiocd69 outlet and goosen and erosion near tile outlet into open ditch.  Also issues with beaver dam and light cleaning needed.
  • CD25 (Decoria Twp.)  Inspected areas of sloughing from last year’s damaging rains.
  • CD92 (Medo Twp.)  Marked out some groups of trees that are set to be removed from ditch area.
  • CD69 (Mankato Twp.)  Monitoring ongoing issues with a structure plugging up near the outlet of this system.  Picture shown is from CD69 outlet.


Upcoming Drainage Inspections:

  • JD38 (Sterling Twp.)
  • CD56 (Garden City Twp.)
  • JD49 (Sterling Twp.)
  • CD78 (Vernon Center Twp.) partial
  • CD01 (McPherson Twp.)
  • CD83 (McPherson Twp.)
  • CD74 (Ceresco Twp.)


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. 

Ryan Hiniker
Drainage Management Specialist