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Apr 21

Wetland Credits

Posted on April 21, 2017 at 3:51 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 4/21/2017


Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:


No upcoming drainage hearings or meetings.


Project Updates:


·         CD28 (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.cd28 borring crew

·         CD86 (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. 

Drainage Minutes:


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.

GPS Technology
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 R1accurate (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 going forward.


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 shortages. 

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:wetland

·         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 BWSR website.



Recent Drainage Inspections – week of April 17 – April 21:


·         CD50 (Lincoln Twp.)  An issue with an old tile separating and creating a sink hole.

·         JD15 (Lincoln Twp.)  Issues with old concrete tile separating and creating multiple sink holes on this system.

·         JD40 (Shelby Twp.)  Met with a contractor to look at multiple issues on this system including multiple areas of tile collapses.

·         JD49 (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.

·         CD86 (Beauford Twp.)  Multiple drop-in inspections, observing project progress.
cd86 repair


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.


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.





Ryan Hiniker

Drainage Management Specialist