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Posted on September 12, 2017 at 8:51 AM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 9/11/2017
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
JD09 (Northern and Southern Petitions) Official bid awarding will be
part of the September 12 Board of Commissioners meeting.
JD34 Official bid awarding will also be held on September 12, 2017, at
the Board of Commissioners meeting.
Minnesota State of Water:
I read a very good article recently about the
state of our water in Minnesota. This
article highlighted two major areas of concern: drinking water and waste
water. It’s a lengthy article but very worth
The subject of drinking water quality is not a
new subject by any means. This article
highlights the issues of both poor drinking water quality issues and not enough
drinking water in general. We have many
cities, mostly smaller communities, that are struggling with providing clean
drinking water. These smaller cities don’t
have the tax base (because of smaller populations) to make major infrastructure
repairs and updates to their wells.
example cited, Lewiston, is fighting an issue with both high
levels of nitrates and radium in the drinking water wells they currently
use. They tentatively have a plan in
place to tap into a new aquifer that will provide them with cleaner drinking
water for the cost of around $1 million dollars. One million dollars may not sound like much, but
Lewiston is not a large community and this will have an impact on local water
Worthington was also talked about
for drinking water issues. Worthington’s
issues aren’t necessarily quality, but quantity. Worthington is running out of water and is
actually purchasing 500,000 gallons a day to provide for their community of around
12,500 residents. The article spoke of
how the shortage of water is actually hurting the expansion of agricultural business
The second major topic, and a majority of the
article, was waste water. The article
spoke about how there is over 100 communities in the state that have waste
water treatment facilities that are 30 years old or older. Many of those communities have populations of
1,000 people or less. The article spoke
of issues all across the state, citing many different communities experiencing
very different issues with their waste water.
The cost to update waste water infrastructure
is often very costly, especially for small communities that don’t have the tax
base to pay for updates. The article
listed many instances where smaller communities are looking at cheaper
alternative ideas working with MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) and
various engineering firms to find feasible plans. Many small communities are depending on
federal programs or grants to help fund these much-needed waste water infrastructure
updates. This was a very good article well worth
your time to read. Click here to read
more on this subject.
Color Fall Expected:
The MN DNR is expecting a nearly perfect fall
as far as fall leaf colors go. They say
that with the timely rains this spring and summer combined with many sunny
days, we should be in really good shape to have one of the more colorful falls
in recent years.
The beautiful changing of leaf colors has a
lot to do with both temperature and hours of sunlight. The different colors and beautiful reds and yellows
are caused by trapped sugars in the leaf’s vein area. The amount of moisture we had for the
year and days of sunlight determines just how vibrant or dull the leaf colors
may be for the fall season. To read more
and also find a map of where and when the fall colors will look their best,
click here for a link.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of September 4 – September 8:
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.
Drainage Management Specialist