The Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, MB approved a tile drainage application put forth by Precision Land Solutions on behalf of Sissons Farms. Any plans for subsurface or tile drainage requires a drainage license from the Manitoba Water Stewardship before it's allowed to be installed. The approval process included discussions, meetings and required signatures from property owners downstream before being given the green light. | READ MORE
The Lee Board of County Commissioners has approved a grant amendment agreement with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection to increase total grant funding to $2 million for the Nalle Grade Stormwater Project, which will help reduce nutrient runoff to Caloosahatchee River in Florida.
Recounts of drainage-related research from the archives of Ohio State University are now available online. Anyone can read about the research conducted at the university to develop the American version of corrugated plastic drain tubing and to develop a laser-beam, or laserplane depth and grade-controlled drain plow for the drain tubing’s rapid and accurate installation.
An exceedingly wet and loss-making spring – which stopped virtually all of our contracts dead, and had everyone talking about record rainfall – turned into the warmest and driest summer anyone can remember which caused lots of chatter about drought.
Most landowners, agencies, and consultants are beginning to see the mutual benefits of implementing best management practices (BMPs) to manage water, enhance crop conditions, and improve water quality.
By the time you receive this magazine, the edited version of LICA’s History of Drainage, We Help Feed the World, will nearly be ready for print. LICA expects to send out more than 5,000 copies to government officials, schools and universities, contractors, and others who are interested in the history of drainage.
By now, nutrient runoff is a term you should be familiar with. More and more, the term – which refers to contamination of water by excess nutrients from drained agricultural land – is popping up in news stories, scientific journals and council meetings.
The Ohio Lake Erie Commission has awarded Bowling Green State University $50,000 from the Lake Erie Protection Fund to research into the beneficial use of dredged material. The selected research focuses on the benefits of dredged material for crop production and environmental implications such as nutrient runoff, as well as the effects it has on soil health. | READ MORE
The board of directors of the Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition (ADMC), an organization that promotes drainage water conservation practices, names Keegan Kult as its new executive director. Kult's experience includes a decade as an environmental scientist at the Iowa Soybean Association working on edge-of-field water quality projects.
In recent years, farmers in Florida have been upgrading their irrigation and drainage systems with the main goals of dialing back water consumption and reducing the kind of nutrient pollution that can lead to dangerous toxic algae blooms like the ones currently affecting the Gulf Coast. | READ MORE
A Vermont legislative committee has decided to postpone a vote on amending farm water quality rules following objections from environmental advocates. | READ MORE
The Buena Vista County Board of Supervisors approved improvements that will increase the capacity of drainage tiles at landowners’ costs and install a wetland. The improvements, proposed by the the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as part of its wetland installation for the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program, will effectively reduce nitrates in run-off while increasing run-off drainage capacity. | READ MORE
The government of Quintana Roo has invested more than 85 million peso in agricultural irrigation and drainage systems for the south of the state.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture proposed new rules that would remove the current restriction on manure application between Dec. 15 and March 1 and instead replace the restriction with circumstantial restrictions.
Drainage licensing in Manitoba: Policy or politics?Landowners across the Canadian province say they’re facing a situation…
Toledo passes Lake Erie Bill of Rights, farmers face litigationIn a special election at the end of February, the…
$20 million in aid to farmers to reduce fertilizer runoff announced in OhioThe state announced programs to help northwest Ohio farmers plant…
Saskatchewan offers $5 million for farm water management supportThe provincial government of Saskatchewan will invest $5 million in…
Drainage Task Force Annual Meeting
June 5-6, 2019
LICA National Summer Meeting
July 8-13, 2019
Nutrient Removal and Recovery Symposium
July 23-25, 2019