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Posted on April 21, 2017 at 3:51 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 4/21/2017
Hearings or Meetings:
No upcoming drainage hearings or meetings.
(Lincoln Twp.) No pipe was laid this
week. The crews finished up to a point
where a different contractor has to come in and perform a directional boring
under County Road 30. The rains recently
have slowed that process up a bit, but crews should be back at it Monday. The open ditch portion of this system is
getting a few needed repairs on the side banks.
Cleaning on the open ditch should be finished up for the most part. Picture is from the boring crew on CD28.
(Beauford Twp.) This repair project
started on this past Monday (4/17). The
contractor making the repairs on this tile repair is DMI of Mankato. They have made incredible progress, despite
very deep digging and some muddy conditions.
They should have this project complete hopefully in another week or two,
depending on the weather.
We had another session of CAP (County Ambassador Program)
this week. The featured department this
month was the Blue Earth County Highway Department. This session had multiple discussions
covering all aspects of their duties at the highway department.
We had our county Engineer, Ryan Thilges, speak; he
highlighted the major functions of what they are all in charge of. The highway department is responsible for all
county roads and the maintenance that comes with them. They are also responsible for all county
parks and county rest-side stops. It was very
interesting to learn about the parks and how they are constantly trying to have
more things to offer at our county parks and campgrounds. It sounds like we will be getting a new park
sometime in the near future out near the Red Jacket trail.
To sum this experience up, I learned that the employees
that work at the highway department all work together very well and many of the
employees have to wear multiple hats.
They are all a versatile team with good people and pride in their work.
We in the Drainage Department are always trying to make best
use of technological tools that are available.
We have recently been trying a fairly new GPS receiver that’s out on the
market. This receiver is call the
Trimble R1. This receiver is very
compact, lightweight, and highly accurate (we’re talking inches). The unit itself is about the size of a wallet. We have been using iPad’s for the last year
and this new receiver communicates with our iPad via Bluetooth, and I am able
to collect features through a program on the iPad. I used to have a handheld rover unit plus use
the iPad separately. This new unit should slim things down as far as equipment needed in the
field. The selling point of this
new receiver and program is that all my data is synced up automatically. We have very little post-processing of my
field data. We will have to see how it
ends up working, but I’ve got very high hopes that this will be our new tool
BWSR is Seeking to
Invest Funds into Wetland Credits:
BWSR (Board or Water and Soil Resources) has $5 million set
aside for purchasing wetland credits that are needed for replacing
wetlands that may be displaced from new road construction projects. Some of the new road projects that are
scheduled for this year have been put on hold because of wetland credit
BWSR announced that they will be seeking to purchase
approximately 149 wetland credits from all across the state. BWSR will be actively looking to purchase all
different types of wetland credits from almost all counties in the state. There is a certain list and criteria of
wetland types they are looking for.
Purchasing of these new credits will depend on many things including
size and price offered.
BWSR has not set a maximum or a minimum for which they will
pay on these new credits, but says that credit price will be a factor in making
decisions. BWSR is looking to maximize
their spending power per credit to keep up with the ever growing demand for
these credits. They stated that they're
focusing in four major criteria:
Geographic area of bank
Wetland make-up / type
Size of credits offered
Price per credit offered
Looking for further details on this article and map areas of
interest from BWSR? Click the link for
Inspections – week of April 17 – April 21:
(Lincoln Twp.) An issue with an old
tile separating and creating a sink hole.
(Lincoln Twp.) Issues with old concrete
tile separating and creating multiple sink holes on this system.
(Shelby Twp.) Met with a contractor
to look at multiple issues on this system including multiple areas of tile
(Sterling Twp.) Met with a contractor
to figure out how to make repairs to a county tile outlet issue into open
ditch. This repair is also a bit tougher
being as its 0.75 mile from any road.
(Beauford Twp.) Multiple drop-in
inspections, observing project progress.
(Garden City Twp.)
(Vernon Center Twp.) partial
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
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.
Drainage Management Specialist