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Minnesota Ditch Law Addressed by John Kolb

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Reported by the Chisago County Press April 13, 2018

County Board refining ag ditch concerns; including process of defining benefits, repairs, alignments

A state ditch and waters buffer law enacted to improve water quality protections in a state known for its “10,000 lakes” is having a ripple effect on local government. 
After taking a deep look at the network of agricultural ditches in Chisago County local officials learned that some ditch sections are long overdue for TLC.  The annual inspection process hasn’t been as regular as perhaps it might have been, and the condition of some lengths of ditch is dire.   

In preparation for tackling long deferred maintenance and fine tuning of the system, the County Board donned their “Ditch Authority” hats and met recently.  Ditch law expert John C. Kolb, with Rinke Noonan,  attended a work session with the county READ MORE