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Water Drains Too Fast and Too Slow


April 18, 2019

Don Etler, an engineer with Bolten & Menk of Spencer, updated the O’Brien County Supervisor Tuesday April 9 about the FEMA process and Drainage District 5, which was seriously damaged in fall 2018 flooding, and again in the spring of 2019.

He suggested that bio-engineering is the stabilization most favored. This method utilizes “soil-choked” rip rap applied to the ditch banks. He pointed out to the board that some rules changed in the Federal Register in 2016. He said that rules for mitigation to man made streams is “getting very environmental.” He also reminded the board of the n...

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