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Dec 10

MAWD Conference

Posted on December 10, 2019 at 9:47 AM by Ryan Hiniker

lights

Made it out to the holiday lights at Sibley Park over the last weekend.

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Dec 03

Drainage Update 12/3/2019

Posted on December 3, 2019 at 5:33 PM by Ryan Hiniker

Drainage update 12/3/2019

 

Upcoming Drainage Hearings or Meetings:

  • No upcoming hearings or meetings.                                                                                                

Project Updates:

   

  • CD48 (Cambria Twp.)  No changes or updates from last week.  The contractor still has a few checklist items to finish before official close-out of the project.
  • JD09 (Le Ray Twp.)  No change from last week, televising still remains one of the few items left to complete. 
  • JD34 (Le Ray Twp.)  Some grading work has been done in the last couple weeks, but we still have other checklist items to finish.     
  • CD56 (Garden City Twp.)  The new filter is up and running like a champ.  The SWCD (Soil and Water Conservation District) staff have started testing the water by securing water samples before it enters the filter and samples after the water leaves the filter.  Some of those results will be shared as we get more data.  It is unlikely we'll obtain an adequate sample size of data until possibly next spring, as Mother-Nature is closing in on us for winter.                                                                                             

Drainage Minutes:

It was very quiet last week, much because of the Thanksgiving holiday made for a short week.  So, this will also be a short and sweet blog for this week.  We do have multiple contractors still making repairs across the county.  Additionally, a contractor is working on televising multiple tile drainage systems across the county.  Despite the muddy weather of past weeks and the cold of this week, we are still getting things completed in the world of drainage.

The 2020 levies, both single and multi-year, have been approved by our Drainage Authority Board.  Going forward into 2020, anticipation of an extremely busy year is reality.  Not to sound like a broken record from the past three years, but we have been in a very wet weather pattern the last few years.  Our aging drainage systems, combined with the never-ending demand for drainage and agriculture, will continue to be a major concern.  I fully expect costs and expenses to continually increase with drainage, as it pretty much has in all other aspects of commerce life.

What keeps drainage staff busy during the winter?  We still try to make inspections to drainage systems if it’s possible.  Additionally, landowner meetings are held throughout the winter months.  It’s much easier to get people to attend during winter months, as most landowners’ schedules are typically more flexible.  Landowner meetings could be held for a number of reasons, including for improvement projects, repair costs or Redetermination of Benefits.  The winter months are a good time to organize potential upcoming work and align contractors for the next construction season.

We, the drainage staff, also like to attend educational seminars during these “off-season” months.  There are usually a fair number of different drainage seminars or clean water seminars going on at any time across the state.  Besides all of the normal paper work that also comes along with drainage, things stay at a pretty steady pace year-round.  The warmer months are just exceptionally fast paced.  Please keep reporting drainage issues to our department as you come across them.  Until the ground freezes too hard for us to make repairs, we plan on continuing to work, or until all of our contractors say enough is enough for the year.

 

Recent Drainage Inspections – week of November 25 – November 27:

  • CD35 (Mapleton Twp.)  No beaver activity is a good sign.
  • CD57 (Mapleton Twp.)  Plans and discussions about how to make such repairs along portions of tile on this system.
  • JD36 Brown (Cambria & Butternut Valley Twps.)  Not much activity last week, but supplies are on-site for some of the repair areasHopefully our contractor will continue this week with those repairs.
  • CD28 (Lincoln Twp.)  The new drop in-take structure is in place.  Conditions have been just too wet and muddy to haul trucks of fill out across any fields.  Hopefully this week, with the colder weather, our contractor can get equipment out on-site to finish up this repair.  Photo below shows partial completion of our new ASI repair.cd28 new asi
  • CD86 (Beauford Twp.)  We have plans of getting some open ditch cleaning done to portions of this system.  We are hoping to have the cleaning completed this year, before things freeze up. 
  • CD56 (Garden City Twp.)  Beaver dams, sink holes, sloughs and filter system, there’s always something to be inspecting on this system.

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.

 


 

 

Ryan Hiniker

Drainage Management Specialist

ryan.hiniker@blueearthcountymn.gov

507-304-4264


Nov 26

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Posted on November 26, 2019 at 3:12 PM by Ryan Hiniker

CD57 sediment pond
Pictured above is our over-flow sediment pond along a portion of open ditch on CD57 near Mapleton.  This pond is designed to take peak-flows from the open ditch and hold the water longer in hopes the sediment will drop out of suspension from the water, leaving the open ditch cleaner.

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