Tuesday, January 17, 2017


legislative update

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MN CGA Best Practices

Best Practice 5-20:
Excavation within Tolerance Zone

Practice Statement:
When excavation is to take place within the specified tolerance zone, the excavator exercises such reasonable care as may be necessary for the protection of any underground facility in or near the excavation area. Methods to consider, based on certain climate or geographical conditions, include hand digging when practical (pot holing), soft digging, vacuum excavation methods, pneumatic hand tools, or other mechanical methods that may be developed. Hand digging and non-invasive methods are not required for pavement removal.

Practice Description: Safe, prudent, non-evasive methods that require the excavator to manually determine the actual location of a facility are considered “safe excavation practices” in a majority of state/provincial laws (38 states). A majority of states outline safe excavation practices to include hand digging or pot holing (16 states). Some states specifically allow for the use of power excavating equipment for the removal of pavement. Each state/province must take differing geologic conditions and weather related factors into consideration when recommending types of excavation within the tolerance zone.



On January 10, 2016, the EPA launched the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. The Continuing Resolution that Congress passed in December included the appropriations to capitalize the program with $20 million that the EPA says will provide up to $2 billion in infrastructure investment. Read more here.

- Stephanie


MUCA Member Update

Training Opportunities Abound!

National Events:

Underground Construction Technology
International Conference & Exhibition

This Conference takes place at the Fort Worth Convention Center, Texas (Jan. 31-Feb. 2). Learn more or register here.

The National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) is hosting its 2017 Convention (Mar. 4-6) in conjunction with CONEXPO at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. Learn more or register here.

CGA Excavation Safety Conference & Expo
The Common Ground Alliance will host its Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida (Mar. 14-16). To learn more or register, click here.

Local Opportunities

MUCA’s Pipelayer Certification
We are offering two in-person Pipelayer Certification courses on February 16 and March 21. Both will be located at The Builders Group in Eagan. To learn more or register for either the in-person or on-line Pipelayer Certification, click here.

MUCA’s Erosion Control Site Management Certification
*Meets Minnesota Construction Stormwater Permit Training Requirements
Audited by both MnDOT and the MPCA, this one-day course is designed for supervisors, project managers, or those who direct construction site operatio — Feb. 9, March 9 and April 13. To learn more or register, click here.

Construction Education Enterprises
Offers classes on Civil Estimating and Project Management for sitework, earthwork, underground utilities, or roadwork or paving. Classes are scheduled for Jan. 30 & 31 in Mayer, MN or can be held at your offices. For more information, visit the CEE website.

LAST CHANCE! Call for Ads: MUCA 2017 Directory

Now is the time to reserve your ad space for MUCA’s 2017 Member Directory. This publication is received by over 1,000 individuals in the underground utility industry across Minnesota — including construction business owners, supervisors, foremen, city and county engineers, vendors, suppliers and associates.

Reserve Your Ad Space Now!

Thank You for Renewing!

THANKS to City of Rochester, Hayden-Murphy Equipment, Minnesota LECET, and Stinson Leonard Street for investing in your Association for 2017!

To join or renew, simply log in to the MUCA Membership page on the website. You’ll need your login and password. If you don’t know it, email or call (651) 735-3908.

Governor’s Town Hall Water Summit

On Friday, January 27, 2017, Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith will host a Town Hall Water Summit on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Morris. The Summit will bring together local government leaders, farmers, students, environmental groups, and businesses to focus on water challenges and solutions in Greater Minnesota.

While registration for the Summit is currently full, Minnesotans can participate in the Summit online and at satellite locations across the state. Satellite viewing locations for the Town Hall Water Summit will be available at University of Minnesota campuses across the state. Individuals planning to participate through a satellite location should register here.

Mark Your Calendars!

Don't forget these upcoming events!

  • Erosion Control Site Management — Register Here

  • Pipelayers Certification Training — Register for the Online Pipe Layers Certification course — available 365 days, 24/7

Stephanie Menning, Executive Director
Phone: 651-735-3908 | Fax: 651-290-2266 | Email: info@muca.org