What should agricultural landowners do before starting a ditch cleaning project in Blue Earth County?
  1. Talk to the County ditch manager to find out if it is a County Ditch.
    Craig Austinson
    Blue Earth County Ditch Manager
    Blue Earth County Historic Courthouse
    204 S. Fifth St.
    Mankato, MN 56001
    Ph: (507) 304-4253
    Email
  2. Talk to your local USDA/NRCS office (see links below) to ensure compliance with the Federal rules.
    Reginald Liddell
    USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
    1160 S. Victory Dr.
    Mankato, MN 56001
    Ph: (507) 345-7418
    Email
  3. Talk to Blue Earth County Property & Environmental Resources Department - Water Resources (507-304-4381) to ensure compliance with state rules.  Email
  4. Submit the Landowner Statement and Contractor Responsibility Form, which must be signed by the landowner and contractor doing the work. Contractors doing work that may impact a wetland are required to notify the Blue Earth County Property & Environmental Resources Department - Water Resources (507-304-4381). Email

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