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Posted on July 1, 2016 at 3:48 PM by Ryan Hiniker
Drainage update 7/1/2016
BWSR Seeks Public Input For Buffer Laws:
BWSR (Board of Water and Soil Resources) is seeking the public's input on buffer implementation policies. BWSR is looking for feedback and input to the various topics associated with the new pending buffer laws. The window of opportunity to voice your opinion is narrow. Click on the link to see details and additional information.
MPCA (Minnesota Pollution Control Agency) has given a preliminary green light for a sewage plan for West Jefferson Lake. The plan would take the pumped sewage from homes around West Jefferson and pump that all the way up to the city of Cleveland. After a few changes were made to the initial plan, Le Sueur County gained preliminary approval for the plan. Le Sueur County officials also remain very hopeful of some grant funds coming their way to offset the multi-million dollar project. The project stems from non-compliant septic systems around the lake, this has been a concern around many of our area lakes in the very recent history. The answer for this issue has been to pump the sewage into larger towns who can handle it. This is a very costly and time consuming process, but a great direction in improving water quality in our area lakes.
Recent Drainage Inspections – week of June 27– July 1:
Finally got the ATV back from the service shop so the inspections can resume.
Upcoming Drainage Inspections – week of June 13 – 17
*this list is the same as last week because I did not get to inspect these yet*
Photo of ongoing new main line installation on project CD34 (Judson Twp.)
Wild Parsnip shown in above photo. Wild Parsnip although kind of pretty and often mistaken for a wild flower, is very much dangerous to human skin. This wild plant species has been slowly making is way north from the Iowa area. The oil or sap from the plant comes in contact with your skin and the combination of sunlight and oil causes a very severe allergic reaction on your exposed skin. Most cases of exposure do require a visit to the doctor's office. People will often describe the feeling of severe itching and constant burning. The skin can take weeks to fully heal and sensitivity to sunlight in previously affected skin can last for years after. Wild parsnip grows all over, and from my personal experience is becoming a very common thing to see in road ditches and fence lines in Blue Earth County. If you are working in an area you suspect has Wild Parsnip, wear protective clothing like long sleeves, pants and gloves of some type. Please keep children away from this as it would be an extremely unpleasant experience for anyone - especially a child.