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Posted on November 6, 2018 at 4:39 AM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 11/5/2018
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
Get Involved Locally:
I was very fortunate to be asked to be part of a CWP (Crystal Water Project) meeting last week. This was my first time attending such a meeting. One of the major topics of this meeting was to learn more about local Lake Associations. There were representatives from the Madison Lake Association and also the Lake Washington Association. Representatives from both organizations spoke about how their groups got started, how they operate, and why.
This was especially interesting for me because I had always wondered how these groups work and, better yet, what it really is that they do. Much of their work goes unnoticed by many of us, especially if you’re not familiar with these Associations. Both of these groups have members that pay fees every year. These groups are very active locally at their own lakes. The Madison Lake Association is even more unique because it also has the backing for water quality from the city. Lake Washington Association is made up primarily of individuals that live on or near Lake Washington.
Both of these groups survive due to the continuing support of their members. These members pay their dues every year, and also many volunteer their time or services to help with water quality projects or monitoring. Both groups are always looking for ways to improve water quality for their lake body. Some of the projects that the two groups have been involved in include; building rain garden areas, water testing and monitoring, weed and invasive species control, water control structures, and many more behind the scenes projects that are all for the betterment of their lakes. Most of these lake associations across the state do water quality testing and report those results to the MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) for tracking of data.
I was very impressed with how much they do for their communities with their limited budgets. For more information on water quality, check out the MPCA site and look up your lake or body of water of concern.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of October 29 – November 2:
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