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Tillage that has occurred right up to the bank of Kandiyohi County ditch compromises the integrity of the sloped bank. The practice contributes to water quality problems by allowing erosion and sloughing to occur, and in the long-run also leads to costly clean out and repair bills for the ditch system. Submitted photos

Ditch the old ditches

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CLARA CITY -- There is sure to be some sticker shock as Kandiyohi County moves forward with a process of taking century-old public drainage values into the reality of the 21st century.

Water quality in waterways like Hawk Creek should benefit, Kandiyohi County Ditch Inspector Loren Engelby told members of the Hawk Creek Watershed Project at a meeting Dec. 4 in Clara City.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
(320) 214-4335
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