Event Title

Influences on Redetermination of Benefits Completion on Public Drainage Systems in the Minnesota River Basin

Location

CSU 238

Start Date

16-4-2013 3:25 PM

End Date

16-4-2013 4:45 PM

Student's Major

Biological Sciences

Student's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Mentor's Name

Shannon Fisher

Mentor's Department

Biological Sciences

Mentor's College

Science, Engineering and Technology

Description

Redetermination of benefits is the process of updating the benefitted value for an entire drainage system. These benefits include land use, crop productivity, and land values due to reduced moisture levels (i.e. drainage), and are recorded at the time of establishment. In the Minnesota River Basin many public drainage system benefits have not been updated in recent years. I am in the process of creating an inventory of the public drainage systems per county with an indication of those that have been redetermined. A comparison of the number of redetermined systems to the percent farmland per count and the total number of systems in the county will be carried out. This statistical analysis, using linear regression, will provide insight on the relationship of retdetermined systems to percent farmland and the total number of systems. Based on this study, inferences on why all the systems in the basin have not been redetermined can be made. After the redetermination process, not only are benefits updated, but a 1-rod (16.5 ft) perennial vegetative buffer strip is required along any open sections of the system. Buffers improve ditch bank stability, reduce ditch maintenance, and reduce sediment/nutrient runoff. With insight on the possible influences on the redetermination process, county officials can improve plans to complete redetermination of benefits on public drainage systems across the basin. Completing redetermination of benefits on drainage systems in the Minnesota River Basin will also assist in water quality improvements in the Minnesota River.

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Influences on Redetermination of Benefits Completion on Public Drainage Systems in the Minnesota River Basin

CSU 238

Redetermination of benefits is the process of updating the benefitted value for an entire drainage system. These benefits include land use, crop productivity, and land values due to reduced moisture levels (i.e. drainage), and are recorded at the time of establishment. In the Minnesota River Basin many public drainage system benefits have not been updated in recent years. I am in the process of creating an inventory of the public drainage systems per county with an indication of those that have been redetermined. A comparison of the number of redetermined systems to the percent farmland per count and the total number of systems in the county will be carried out. This statistical analysis, using linear regression, will provide insight on the relationship of retdetermined systems to percent farmland and the total number of systems. Based on this study, inferences on why all the systems in the basin have not been redetermined can be made. After the redetermination process, not only are benefits updated, but a 1-rod (16.5 ft) perennial vegetative buffer strip is required along any open sections of the system. Buffers improve ditch bank stability, reduce ditch maintenance, and reduce sediment/nutrient runoff. With insight on the possible influences on the redetermination process, county officials can improve plans to complete redetermination of benefits on public drainage systems across the basin. Completing redetermination of benefits on drainage systems in the Minnesota River Basin will also assist in water quality improvements in the Minnesota River.

Recommended Citation

Stueber, Christina. "Influences on Redetermination of Benefits Completion on Public Drainage Systems in the Minnesota River Basin." Undergraduate Research Symposium, Mankato, MN, April 16, 2013.
http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/urs/2013/oral-session-17/3