Goodhue County Ditch 1 outline

Goodhue County Ditch 1 outline, photo by Goodhue County.

The Goodhue County Board met on March 24 to hold a hearing for the Ditch 1 repairment. Chris Otterness of Houston Engineering Inc. reported his findings and the benefits of the project were discussed.

Goodhue County Ditch 1 -- the county’s only ditch -- includes a 2.2 mile open channel and five branches ( A through E) of public drain tile that total 2.4 miles in length. Ditch 1 is located in south Kenyon Township.


Otterness reported that the Ditch 1 is in disrepair and in need of maintenance. His reportings stated, “The open channel is partially filled with sediment, banks have sloughed in some locations, some culverts are too high and/or in disrepair and vegetation is restricting flow in some reaches. Flow through the public drain tile is restricted in key areas.” 

It concluded that the Ditch 1 main trunk and branches A, B, C and D should be repaired to restore the functionality of the drainage system and meet future stormwater management requirements. 

Otterness reported that all repairs are in the best interest of benefited property owners.

The estimated cost of the repairs on the open channel/main trunk portion is $315,000 and $255,230 for branches A, C and D.

Branch B’s improvements are pending because the proceedings have not yet come before the board.


  • Increase in market value of the involved properties.

  • Increase in potential for agricultural production.

  • Reduced maintenance cost for all state, county and township roads located within the boundary of Ditch 1.

  • Woodlot lands will receive a lower runoff burden on the drainage system because the ditch will convey their water burden away from adjacent landowners.

  • Residential lands will receive outlet benefits based on runoff burden to the drainage system.

The Goodhue County administrations is preparing to advertise construction contracts and the intent is to start main trunk repairs this summer or fall.

Board Chair Brad Anderson said, “We would like to thank all of our consultants and we will try our best to keep the public aware of the future proceedings.”

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