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Posted on April 9, 2018 at 10:44 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 4/9/2018
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
meetings or hearings.
Welcome to Sprinter
(Spring / Winter) - it might be our newest season. We have contractors out making some smaller
repairs despite the wintery conditions.
According to one of our contractors, there is little to no frost left in
the ground. As soon as weight
restrictions come off for our county roads, we will be able to start mobilizing the larger equipment to get some of our projects and larger repairs done and others started.
BWSR APO Amendment:
Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) is asking for public comments for a
possible amendment to the Administrative Penalty Order (APO) for the 103F Buffer
Law Implementation. This proposed amendment is to give a second option to the
already in-place APO that was adopted June 2017. The APO is a plan that is approved by BWSR
and enforced by county, watershed districts or local Soil & Water districts. The APO gives guidelines for assessing penalties
for parcels that are out of compliance for the required riparian buffer.
The amendment that is being proposed will include a penalty based on linear
feet of water body frontage on a given property. This distance is not just the linear feet that is out of compliance
for riparian buffer. So, as an example, if your property is supposed to have 200 feet of riparian buffer along a public
drainage ditch and only 20 feet out of 200 is out of compliance, you would be
fined for the whole 200 feet, not just the 20 feet. The proposed fines are quite steep for this per
feet of water body frontage proposal.
BWSR has set
some fine guidelines based on per linear foot of riparian buffer. Below is an example of the proposed:
buffer linear feet / Penalty amount per linear foot
0-100 ft = $200-$500
100-500 = $50-$200
1000 = $25-$30
watershed districts that have chosen to enforce the APO plans can choose the
amounts they want to charge so as long as they are within the guidelines of
this proposed amendment. The guidelines
do however state that at no point will the fines exceed $500 per linear foot of
buffer, per parcel. For more specifics
on this topic and more buffer discussions click here.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of April 2 – April 6:
CD93 (Decoria Twp.)
Met with a contractor to discuss in-field repairs to gully washed erosion areas along our ditch side banks.
CD50 (Butternut Valley Twp.) We
have a tree contractor currently out removing some of the trees and smaller
brush that we chemically treated last year.
We are removing the trees to avoid potential issues of trees falling
into the open ditch or beavers using the trees to create dams to back up the
CD27 (Judson Twp.) Same thing as CD50, we are removing the dead trees and
brush from the ditch banks and buffer areas to avoid future issues.
We had two good landowner meetings
last week to discuss possible repairs.
Both of those systems are tile systems that have either failed or are about
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