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Posted on July 23, 2019 at 1:05 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 7/23/2019
Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:
The total is in for rain fall from last week, and it’s a bell ringer for some areas. I personally had around eight inches of rain in my rain gauge. Needless to say, very little tile or repair work got done last week. We still have some smaller repairs being worked on around the county and one larger repair project over in Lincoln township.
Last week I was able to attend a field day at the U of M outreach center in Lamberton, Minnesota. We took part in a tour of some of the studies they are conducting related to water quality. They are doing hundreds of experiments all the time at this facility, but only a handful concentrate on water quality. We toured multiple testing sights that included cover crop areas, man-made wetlands (multiple types), alternative intake testing, bioreactors next generation, and open ditch studies. We currently implement many of these practices in Blue Earth County, but it is always educational to see other practices we could be trying. The biggest bonus of the research facility is the data. Blue Earth County may do many of these clean water practices currently, but we don’t always monitor them to see how well they are performing.
The big storm blast from last Saturday has left many of us cleaning up yards, trees and, yes, boats and docks. Being a water enthusiast, I am out at the lake as much as I can be. Last Saturday morning I should have looked at the radar before going out. I had just gotten to the lake and ten minutes later, BOOM, hurricane force winds, waves and rain. Twenty minutes later extensive damage had been done to multiple boats, docks and boat lifts. I spent the better part of Saturday afternoon helping clean things up. I was able to capture a few storm photos while the storm was blasting out at the lake on Saturday.
Nothing too exciting this week in the drainage world. We need some drier periods of weather to get things moving with repairs and projects.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of July 15 – July 19:
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