Ag & Drainage
The Polk County Ag and Drainage Department oversees and maintains 135 drainage systems. These drainage systems total to over 770 miles throughout Polk County.
The Ag and Drainage Department also manages a noxious weed control program within its roadways and ditches as well as offering testing opportunities for those seeking a pesticide applicators license.
|Year||ROW Roadside Treated||Ditch Cleaning||Maintenance and Repair Actions Completed||Cattail Control||Brush Control|
|2001||n/a||18 miles||145||70 miles||n/a|
|2002||n/a||27 miles||64||149 miles||n/a|
|2003||950 acres||50 miles||102||173 miles||n/a|
|2004||1,150 acres||30 miles||107||164 miles||n/a|
|2005||1,150 acres||13 miles||146||172 miles||n/a|
|2006||1,390 acres||13 miles||96||122 miles||n/a|
|2007||1,900 acres||14 miles||87||133 miles||n/a|
|2008||2,456 acres||10 miles||78||113 miles||n/a|
|2009||1,420 acres||7 miles||147||133 miles||n/a|
|2010||815 acres||10.5 miles||187||100 miles||n/a|
|2011||563 acres||43 miles||86||70 miles||n/a|
|2012||1,524 acres||20 miles||46||40 miles||n/a|
|2013||1,338 acres||10 miles||34||20 miles||n/a|
|2014||1,039 acres||10.5 miles||56||203 miles||n/a|
|2015||1,537 acres||3.5 miles||91||116 miles||56 acres|
|2016||2,268 acres||12.5 miles||92||160 miles||24 acres|
|2017||1,890 acres||18.25 miles||129||182 miles||55 acres|
|2018||1,854 acres||2.75 miles||77||168 miles||10 acres|
|2019||1,020 acres||2 miles||105||143 miles||140 acres|
|2020||1,367 acres||6.5 miles||150||166 miles||21.5 acres|
Noxious Weed Documents
Local Weed Inspector Documents
Pesticide Applicator Documents
GENERAL NOTICE TO CONTROL OR ERADICATE NOXIOUS WEEDS
POLK COUNTY, MN
Notice is hereby given this 15th day of May 2023, pursuant to Minnesota Statutes, Section 18.83, Subdivision 1 (2009) that all persons in Polk County, Minnesota, shall control or eradicate all noxious weeds on land they occupy or are required to maintain. Control or eradication may be accomplished by any lawful method, but the method(s) applied may need to be repeated in order to prevent the spread of viable noxious weed seeds and other propagating parts to other lands. Failure to comply with the general notice may mean that an individual notice, Minnesota Statutes, Section 18.83, Subdivision 2 (2009), will be issued. An individual notice may be appealed within two working days of receipt to the appeal committee in the county where the land is located. Failure to comply with an individual notice will result in the inspector having jurisdiction to either hire a third party to complete the work or seek a misdemeanor charge against the person(s) who failed to comply. If it becomes necessary for the inspector to hire a third party, the costs incurred will be placed as a tax upon the land and collected as other real estate taxes are collected.
The supervisors of each town board and the mayor of each city shall act as local weed inspectors. They shall examine all lands, including highways, roads, alleys, and public grounds within their respective municipalities and see that the control or eradication of noxious weeds has been carried out.
A list of the plants that are designated as noxious can be obtained from the Polk County Ag and Drainage web page at Polk County Ag and Drainage website or by contacting the County Agricultural Inspector, Richard Sanders at 218-470-8253.