Brown County Drainage Inventory and Inspection Database 2014

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Brown County
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
In Progress
Start Date
March 2015
End Date
December 2018
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Appropriation Language

Soil Erosion and Drainage Law Compliance 2015

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

This project will result in the district acquiring Drainage DB a database for Drainage Authorities to store information on their ditches, track maintenance and conduct inspections.

Source of Additional Funds


Recipient Board Members
Members for Brown County are:
Project Overview

Currently, over 235 miles of open ditch are under the jurisdiction of the Brown County Ditch Authority. A majority of Brown County public ditches drain into large, impaired rivers including the Minnesota River (Turbidity), Cottonwood River (Turbidity/Fecal Coliform), Little Cottonwood River (Turbidity/Fecal Coliform) and Watonwan River (Turbidity/Fecal Coliform). Thus far the Brown County Drainage Authority has been inventorying ditches as requested for repair by residents in the ditch system. Brown County would like to become proactive in inventorying and inspecting ditches to pinpoint problem areas along the open ditches that could result in a major impact in reducing soil erosion and nutrient loads. As part of the current re-determination process Brown County is participating in, we will be incorporating the one-rod buffer, which will significantly reduce overland runoff and protect the slope of the ditch banks. Brown County wants to upgrade the current manual operations to a one-stop web based drainage portal. This Houston Engineering software will allow the county to manage work flows, processes and proceedings. The software will integrate with our current GIS software and the new inspections and inventorying being done. With a combination of efforts inventorying and identifying ditch concerns and making that information readily available we will make strides in reducing soil erosion and nutrient load concerns to our waters. This grant would provide the bridge between the County inspection program and our water resources.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Brown County
Street Address
New Ulm
Zip Code
Competitive Grant Making Body
Advisory Group Members and Qualifications
Conflict of Interest Disclosed
Conflict of Interest Contact

Nicole Clapp