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Posted on July 1, 2019 at 4:33 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 7/01/2019
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
There is not a lot happening in the water quality media world at the moment. As many of our major projects are drawing to a close, we still have a healthy pile of repairs to work through as soon as we can. This fall should be very busy with work. We have seen a substantial increase from landowners looking to make larger repairs instead of small, more temporary, repairs. With some worn-out systems that are almost 100 years old, the last three years have been extremely tough on growing row crops in extremely tough and wet conditions.
We should have a few improvement projects move forward and maybe even be up for public bid yet this year. Work for those improvements wouldn’t officially start until 2020.
We plan on mowing and spraying for weeds yet this summer along some of our open ditch systems. We will primarily be spraying and mowing the western and southern townships of Blue Earth County. Our contractor will mow all the open ditches in these areas first. Then, a few weeks after mowing the open ditches is complete, the contractor will spray for any weeds that are coming back after mowing them down. We have tried this same process before on other individual ditch systems with great results, including better stands of grasses and better control of weeds.
I finally made it out to the lake over the past weekend. It feels strange to say it’s July already and it’s my first time to be out on the lake. With the winter that didn’t seem to want to end and the cool spring, summer took a long time to show up. The area lake I ventured out on was actually in fair condition as far as clarity and algae issues. It’s hard to find a southern Minnesota lake that is perfectly clean and clear.
With the Fourth of July coming this week, I imagine that the area lakes will definitely have more traffic than normal on them. Get out there and enjoy our water resources while the weather is still good. Be safe, smart, and courteous to your fellow boaters if venturing out on the water.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of June 24 – June 28:
Hope that everyone has a safe and wonderful Fourth of July.
Special note that the blog will be moving to a Tuesday posting in the near future. So, same great blog just being posted one day later on Tuesdays.
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