Only surface water allowed in drainage districts, trustees say

A drainage issue discussed last week was on the agenda again at Monday’s county supervisors meeting, and this time it came back with a final verdict. The Franklin and Wright County supervisors, acting as trustees for joint DD#141-6 voted against allowing a NEW Cooperative location to discharge water into the district.

“In [state] code, there is a provision for cities to discharge treated sewage into the district,” said Dave Johnson, Wright County drainage attorney. “I don’t find similar provision for an industry to do that.”

Johnson described a worst case scenario if the trustees approved the request: if the plant were to accidently discharge pollutants, the trustees would have to stop the district, which would mean flooded farm ground and damaged crops.

Read the full article in the August 3 edition of the Eagle.