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Posted on July 24, 2017 at 4:17 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 7/24/2017
Hearings or Meetings:
upcoming meetings are scheduled as of this time.
· CD56 (Garden City
Twp.) Pretty quiet week mostly because the
heavy rains shut things down for a few days.
Crews are still working at cleaning the open ditch and clearing trees
and brush. We should have seeding crews
coming through the areas that have been completed fairly soon
Serious Water Quality
Issues and Admitting the Reality:
a decade has passed since Minnesota passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy
Amendment. Many Minnesotans are now asking for
dramatic change with water management reform instead of major additional
years the EPA and federal agencies have been the driving force behind
water quality reform, both financially and regulatory. Many Minnesotans feel it’s time to take responsibility
on a local level. The feeling is that
funding isn’t necessarily the issue, but the union of citizens and government officials
to work better together to resolve Minnesota water quality issues.
union of citizens and government at a state and local level has worked in the
past, and an article I read speaks of one such example.
the 1990’s the state of New York faced serious water quality issues with
huge levels of Nitrogen and Phosphorus levels in their reservoirs. Open water areas were choked with algae
blooms. New York citizens and politicians
put their political differences aside to formalize a clear water plan as a
state. In just a few years, water quality
was considerably better and billions were saved in maintence costs because of
better quality of water.
Minnesotans, I think we have a high level of pride for our state and what it
offers. We know that there is a great
concern for improving water quality. Yes,
we currently have many different governing groups that oversee water systems in
the state, but in general I think we all want better quality water.
I can’t speak for every watershed district or
county, but for Blue Earth County we have always tried to be innovative and
leaders in the effort for clean waters.
People are asking for a one watershed plan, set at the state level. If this is to happen, it will take the
collective efforts of many local government agencies and local watershed
districts to develop this plan. We have
already started on such a plan with our “one watershed, one plan” that we have
been developing and working with BWSR (Minnesota Board of Water and Soil
Resources) for the past few years to develop.
We know we don’t have to depend on help coming from the federal level of
government, especially when we can create change quicker from our own local
people working together. Water is one of
Minnesota’s biggest assets, working together to preserve that asset for the
generations to come after us is the challenge and driving force for the need
The article is a good
one to read, and if you're interested in reading the full content of the article
please click, to find out more.
Inspections – week of July 17 – July 21:
· JD45 (Mapleton
Twp.) A section of old concrete tile where
two pipes “Y” together is collapsing.
New HDPE “Y” section of pipe is ordered and will be installed by Krengel
Brothers Tiling from Mapleton.
· JD38 (Shelby
Twp.) Sellers Construction finished the
repairs needed on this large “blow out” area just east of Amboy. New 36 inch pipe was installed and a larger
rock water spillway area was installed with 36 inch drop intake. Pictures below show the reconstruction of the major blow out and wetland intake area.
· CD12 (Mankato
Twp.) With the official start of the County
Road 12 expansion, I was curious to see how progress was coming as we have a
major public ditch crossing that is part of our CD12 repair project. As soon as the new contractor can make this
new crossing, we plan on having our contractor follow up by getting the CD12
ditch cleaning going and done.
week due mostly to the heavy rains shutting down projects a few days
and busy week of meetings.
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