Industry News
On Saturday, June 15, 2019, 350 people came out to the Innovative Drainage Field Day at the Huronview Demonstration Farm near Clinton, ON to see four tile contractors install innovative drainage tile.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will invest up to $12.5 million to help support the adoption of innovative conservation approaches on agricultural lands.
The newly opened DeKalb County History Center in Georgia has a piece of drainage history. A piece of red clay drainage tile from the local tile factory is on display.
The police jury in Calcasieu Parish, a parish located on the southwest border of Louisiana, voted 9-4 to consolidate the drainage districts from seven to two. Officials said the change, which takes effect June 24, allows for drainage to be managed based on watersheds, rather than political boundaries.
The Plastics Pipe Institute Inc. (PPI) announced that its Corrugated Plastic Pipe Association (CPPA) Division has become the Drainage Division of PPI.
Several farmers in northeast Minnesota are experiencing flooded land because of failing drainage ditches built in the early 1900s.
It’s the busiest time of the year – tiling season. Running all summer, Drainage Contractor and The Plastics Pipe Institute are teaming up for the 2019 Cover Photo Contest. Drainage Contractor magazine and The Plastics Pipe Institute want to showcase the work of contractors by featuring one of your photos on the cover of our November issue! Take us along for the ride and show us the challenges, successes and the ins and outs of your season. We want to see equipment in action, early mornings, a spool of pipe disappearing into the ground, and anything you believe showcases the work of a drainage contractor. The winner will be featured on the cover of Drainage Contractor’s November issue – our fall edition that’s distributed to contractors across North America. Photo submissions will be accepted until Sept. 30, 2019. 
A new three-year $3 million Watershed Conservation Planning Initiative will help farmers along the Minnesota River address problems, such as sediment loading and bank erosion, and improve conservation practices.
Wet weather has prevented farmers in Ohio from planting this season’s crops. Only two percent of corn had been planted, well below the five-year average of 27 percent, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Wisconsin Farm Technology Days (WFTD) and Timewell Drainage Products announce tile drainage installation demonstrations in partnership with Wisconsin Farm Technology Days host family, and drainage contractor, Walter Grain Farms in Jefferson County, WI.
In 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency established a cleanup plan for the Chesapeake Bay known as the Total Maximum Daily Load or “pollution diet.”
Formed earlier this year, the Alliance to End Plastic Waste comprises multinational members from across the plastics value chain working together to decrease plastic waste. The Alliance has committed $1 billion with the goal of investing $1.5 billion of the next five years to help end plastic waste in the environment.
The Thames River Phosphorus Reduction Collaborative (PRC) is dedicated to finding practical, affordable drainage technologies that will help prevent phosphorus from entering the Thames River water system. Phosphorus contributes to the growth of harmful algal blooms in the river and in Lake Erie.
Iowa Drainage School has been educating contractors on proper planning and design for over a decade. The school is held annually with the purpose of training stakeholders in subsurface drainage.
Editor’s Note: As land prices rise and sporadic weather wreaks havoc, interest for tile drainage bubbles to the surface in Western Canada, only to be slowed by regulation and lack of knowledge. Drainage Contractor asked Chris Unrau, one of the forerunners advocating for drainage and a streamlined regulatory process, to share some history of drainage in Western Canada and where the industry is going.
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