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Posted on August 28, 2017 at 4:15 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 8/28/2017
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
JD09 Improvement project bids have closed and the official awarding of bids will be held on September 12, 2017, at the Board of Commissioners meeting.
JD34 Improvement project bidding will close this Friday, September 1, and that bid awarding will also be held on September 12, 2017, at the Board of Commissioners meeting.
25 BY 25 Update Marshall:
As I mentioned last week, I was able to attend the Governor's water quality town hall meeting in Mankato. I have since then have followed the news and information coming out from other town hall sessions.
Marshall, Minnesota was the latest water quality town hall session. About 220 people attended the meeting held at SMSU. They had the same small group discussions that I spoke of at our Mankato meeting. The governor himself was said to have partaken in two of the three small group sessions. The feedback from the two groups that worked with Governor Dayton said he seemed very open and receptive to thoughts and ideas.
Some of the same ideas that I heard in Mankato were also mentioned at the Marshall meeting, including incentives and water retention systems and cover crops. It sounds like feelings were mixed about having state representatives present in the meeting, with some feelings of pressure or influence from state organizations.
Many initially felt that the Governor's buffer rule was rather pushy and abrasive at first, but with the support of BWSR and other state agencies, they're working hard to be more adaptable to individual landowner concerns or needs with the buffers. Most local governments are opting to take enforcement responsibilities of the buffer law. Local enforcement will hopefully make working with landowners through the buffer law issues go smoother.
On a side note, our local Blue Earth SWCD has announced that they have cost-sharing available for installing buffer strips. They state on their website that they can provide up to $300 per acre for financial assistance towards installing buffer strips. Friendly reminder that the public waters buffer law takes effect on November 1, 2017, and public drainage ditches to follow November 1, 2018. For more information on the buffer law and other questions or concerns please contact Jake Fritz at the Blue Earth SWCD.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of August 21 – August 25:
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.
Found this fuzzy guy on my deck today, just another sign of fall coming.
Drainage Management Specialist