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Posted on February 5, 2018 at 4:35 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 2/5/2018
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
On February 6th
at 9:15 am in the Blue Earth County Commissioners board room, we will present the CD28
final acceptance hearing and final engineering report. The hearing is on the second floor of the Historic Courthouse
at 204 S. 5th St, Mankato.
Affected landowners received notice by mail at least 10 days prior
to the hearing date.
10th Annual Nutrient
Management Conference. Tuesday February
20, 2018 at the Verizon Wireless Center in Mankato. Click link for more information on this conference. http://mawrc.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/2018-Nutrient-Conference.pdf
and possible changes are coming from BWSR (Minnesota Board of Soil and Water Resources)
about buffers to public drainage systems.
The stakeholder Drainage Work Group and BWSR are collectively working together
with legislative members to make some changes to assist in the public drainage buffer
The cost of
installing these perennial buffers along the public drainage ditches is a looming
concern for many landowners as well as drainage authorities. There is talk of a possible short-term provision
allowing drainage authorities to pay for buffer seed without fully acquiring
the buffer easement. The landowner and
drainage authority both must agree that at some point damages will be paid
along with a permanent easement given to said drainage authority. This payment of damages and permanent easement
is usually at the time of Redetermination of Benefits, ROB. Landowners can be paid damages when having an
ROB done, even years after the November 1, 2018 buffer deadline and buffers
have already been established.
The Buffer Cost
Share Program may also see possible changes. Many
are hopeful that more funds will be available for the Buffer Cost Share Program,
as well as broadening who is eligible to receive those funds. There is talk to allow drainage authorities to
access these Cost Share programs on behalf of a drainage system. This would greatly benefit some drainage
authorities, especially those that are having troubles with finding the funds
otherwise on a per drainage system basis.
This would cover costs to seed the one rod (16.5 feet) area along open
ditch drainage systems only and will not include funds for purchasing any
permanent easement rights. Some are asking
for more funding for the multipurpose drainage management program to aid in the
water quality purposes.
One of the toughest
challenges for Minnesota Drainage Authorities is trying to get all drainage systems
to “up to date” benefits listings which is done through having an ROB done. ROBs involve a smaller
team of people called Viewers. These
viewer teams have a lead person and others that work along side the lead viewer
to give value and benefit to drainage system acres that are benefited from an artificial
drainage system. Part of the problem
with getting ROBs done is its very time consuming doing the field work. There aren’t that many viewer teams doing the
work and not many want to be lead viewers.
Some proposed ideas for helping to aid the shortage of viewers is the
idea of having county appraisal staff aid in the viewing process.
Stay tuned to
see how things turn out for these, and other, issues being proposed to
members of legislature.
more reading on this subject or to just explore more about BWSR,
click link for more. http://www.bwsr.state.mn.us/drainage/Recommendation_for_Accelerating_Public_Drainage_System_Acquisition_and_Establishment_Buffer_Strips_Alternative_Practices_Final_Report.pdf
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of January 29 – February 2:
Had a fun day on the frozen water fishing with my son. Fishing could have been more productive, but we still had a fun relaxing time.
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