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Wet year caused USC water issues

Retention pond has overflowed its banks, flooding nearby area

March 5, 2017
Katie Mullaly - Register Staff Writer ( , Faribault County Register

With a wet harvest season in the fall and late snow this February, the United South Central School, like any new building, has seen what weather can do.

Last week during USC's School Board meeting, board member Tom Legred reported from the building and grounds committee meeting, which he is chairman of.

Legred mentioned building and grounds committee members did discuss their concerns with the retention pond and would look into solutions regarding the water level of the pond.

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The triangular shaped
retention pond, lower center, has flooded over onto the area in the lower left of the Google Maps image shown.

Though there is no cause for alarm, there have still been some issues with the school's new retention pond and its ability to empty out the excess water that has built up around the new school and neighboring agricultural land.

"The water in the pond is staying at a higher level than estimated," said Superintendent Keith Fleming. "We are exploring options right now to make sure we know where the pond connects to, locate existing water tiling, repairing it if its needed and then accessing public drainage."

With any new building, building and grounds issues almost always come up within the first few years says Fleming.

The building and grounds committee's theory is since their retention pond is maintaining a higher level of water, the water pressure around the building has been causing some issues. Only a little. USC's performance center did have some ground water issues which requires some new carpet due to moisture leaking into the carpet, but Fleming says the situation is under control.

"We will hopefully be working with Faribault County's drainage manager to explore our options and how we can discuss our concerns and take action with them," Fleming says.

The pond located near the southwest corner of the school was said to evaporate or irrigate the majority of its water, but USC?has not seen that happen in the past year.

As a matter of fact, it has held its full capacity and actually has overflowed into a neighboring farming field.

Fleming says locating the existing water tile with the help of Faribault County may be key in addressing their concern. Fleming says the benefit of the water retention issue happening now only helps the school to plan ahead in the future.

"Now that we're addressing this issue, we have an overflow plan in place and have been able to discuss what processes to take and we will be able to manage these kind of issues in the future," he says.

Perhaps only time will tell if the pond is actually working properly and the school is just dealing with wetter grounds conditions than usual or whether or not they will have to dig deeper to find the source of their concern.



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