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Posted on June 19, 2017 at 3:49 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 6/19/2017
Hearings or Meetings:
Twp.) We will be having a landowner
meeting to discuss a possible repair project for this ditch system. This meeting will be held on July 5th. Location and details of times for this
meeting will be in the mailer that landowners for this system will be receiving
CD76 (McPherson Twp.) We will be having a landowner meeting to
discuss a possible improvement project for this drainage system. The meeting for this improvement discussion will
be held on July 5th.
Landowners and those affected by this system will receive more
information on times and location of the meeting.
(Lincoln Twp.) As we near the final
few hundred feet of new pipe install, plans are changing again. We had been using a boring crew to
directional bore new pipe under the paved county roads. The boring crew had some major issues trying
to bore under Blue Earth County Road 13.
The boring crew hit multiple large rocks and issues with sugar sand
collapsing their boring area. We decided
last week to take a different route given the challenges of boring. We have decided to open cut the county
road. CSAH 13 will be closed this
Wednesday and possibly Thursday so the crews can install the final sections of
new pipe to the open ditch.
(Beauford Twp.) We did receive our
board approval to continue on with this tile repair project. The additional tile and supplies needed to
complete this repair should be showing up this coming week. Crews are scheduled to start back again this
week, after leaving for a short while to go do other work while we awaited our
board approval and other supplies.
(Garden City Twp.) Tree removal
crews have finished their work in the City of Lake Crystal this past week. The contractor did some light cleaning around
three of the street crossings in town.
The contractor now is moving south of Lake Crystal to start
on ditch cleaning and tree and brush removal out in the country side. This cleaning will be followed up by the
installation of 10 new WASCOB’s. You’ve
heard me talk about WASCOB’s before - water and soil control basins. These structures purposely create
a small ponding area that surface water runs to and drains slowly through an
intake. This slower moving ponded water
in the structure gives the sediment and other nutrients time to settle out of
suspension and fall to the bottom, leaving cleaner water running into the open
Not really an overly busy week last week, which is good
sometimes. Most of our projects are
running along fine and I’m finding myself staying busy running in between
those. We haven’t had a lot of new
repairs reported lately, but that goes with the season now that crops are getting
taller. We’ve had a very busy drainage
season already and it will only get busier.
We still have two major projects that are going to be bid fairly
soon. We expect these projects could possibly
start late summer or early fall, depending on the contractor and landowner
schedules. Both of these two major
projects are over in the Eagle Lake / Madison Lake area, in LeRay Township.
We have a few informal landowner meetings coming up in the
near future. Two of these meetings are
in the McPherson Township area and the third is in the Garden City Township
area. The JD17 (Garden City Twp.) landowner meeting is a follow up to our first meeting. We did some televising and tile investigation
to determine what state the system is in.
for Crystal Lake:
I had the chance to read a very nice quick article in The Free Press about Crystal Lake in the City of Lake Crystal and the group
CWP (Crystal Waters Project). The
history with CWP is that it’s a group of individuals focused on finding solutions
to cleaning up the quality of the water in Crystal Lake.
The article talked about some outside-the-box thinking about
running an aeration or diffuser unit in the summer time. These aeration units are commonly found
around various lakes in Minnesota in the winter time to supply oxygen to lakes
that are at risk for freezing and killing off fish, usually due to the lake's
The CWP group received a permit from the MN DNR to run four
aeration units, but they are only running one unit at the moment. Members from the CWP group have been keeping
very close tabs on this unit to see if there are changes in the water
quality. As part of running the aeration
unit, the group is also doing lots of water quality tests and reporting of
The group didn't say this would be the
silver bullet for solving all water quality issues, but it’s a possible start. The CWP
group also notes in the article that they are planning on trying to do more
landowner education focused on shoreline restoration using native species of
plants to help with water runoff.
The City of Lake Crystal received a $59,000 outdoor
recreation grant for this project and to help make needed improvements to Robinson Park upgrades and
more planting of native grass species along the shorelines. The CWP group says it has planted over 1,000
native grasses already and hopes they can more than triple that with the help
of this new grant.
The CWP group has been very big supporters for Crystal Lake
for many years now. It’s great to see
that their hard work and efforts are being recognized from outside groups. The grant funding is just one of many
milestones this hardworking and very dedicated group has accomplished. I’m sure that the CWP’s support will only
continue to grow, as will their success, by being innovative in their thinking
and by being leaders in the field of cleaning up waters. Hats off to the CWP and all involved for their
hard work and dedication.
Inspections – week of June 12 – June 16:
(Danville Twp.) I was inspecting
the finished product for our new field crossing installation. Things turned out great and our contractor
did a wonderful job. Pictured to the left.
(Lyra Twp.) I received a report of a
beaver doing damage to trees and building a dam somewhere on the open ditch portion
of this system. We’ve had issues with beavers
on this system before. I did locate two
different beaver dams within a couple hundred yards of each other. The dams will need to be removed, as will the beaver. Picture to the lower right is one of the beaver dams.
(Danville Twp.) Following up on our
repair from last year. Checking on how
our stands of grassed waterways are turning out. The area east of CSAH 14, just two miles
north of Minnesota Lake that got turned into a state wetland area, is doing very
well. There is water that is ponding
like we had hoped and wildlife enjoying the new area.
(Lincoln Twp.) Project site
(Garden City Twp.) Onsite project
inspections and progress updates.
(Beauford Twp.) Checking on project
site. See if any changes have occurred.
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