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Posted on November 13, 2017 at 4:50 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 11/13/2017
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Tuesday, November 21, the County Board of Commissioners - serving as the drainage authority - will review the county's annual single-year assessments and multi-year levies for 2018. We will describe this process in next week's blog.
Silver Lining for Suspended CCRP:
(United States Department of Agriculture) and FSA (Farm Service Agency) made an
announcement in October that they are suspending, temporarily, enrollment into
the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program or CCRP. Despite the temporary suspension of CCRP and its
popularity, MN CREP is a very nice alternative. CREP is short for Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, and this program is perpetual or permanent.
MN CREP’s payment rates for marginal lands are
very enticing for landowners looking for a different answer to CCRP. The CREP program already covers over 60,000
acres in Minnesota, providing buffer areas along ditches, streams, rivers and
other areas and providing a natural water quality aspect.
CREP may not
fit the needs of everyone. The permanent nature of the
program is oftentimes one of the reasons people won’t sign up. MN CREP is actively seeking applicants in 54
counties in southern and southcentral Minnesota, including Blue Earth County.
Of course, CREP is just one of many programs
that a landowner can sign up for. If you’re
a landowner looking to install some conservation acres, visit your local FSA or
SWCD offices and ask about additional voluntary, long-term conservation
solutions. Click links below for more
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of November 6 – November 10:
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