Industry News
A team of researchers is planning to study farmers’ fields in northwestern Ohio that have more phosphorus than the crops can use.
Poultry producer Allen Harim will pay a $300,000 administrative penalty to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) for violations at its Harbeson processing plant and its Dagsboro hatchery.
The Queensland Government is investigating concerns raised by environmental groups that sediment run-off from more than 2,000 hectares of cane farming land in northeastern Australia is potentially polluting waterways leading to the Great Barrier Reef.
The Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area recently distributed grants totaling $378,671 to nine projects that will improve water quality in the Schuylkill River. Local rivers and streams such as the Schuylkill River have an impact on the entire Delaware River Basin.
AGREM LLC and GeoLogic Computer Systems form a new distribution agreement between their companies. This agreement creates a water management software with the goal of developing a seamless transition from survey to design to installation and, finally to analysis.
DIGS Associates, a consulting firm specializing in watershed drainage water management, partners with Cimbria Consulting to accelerate the company’s market advancement.
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership has granted $500,000 for The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) staff and local certified crop advisors to work closely with landowners and plant cover crops within a subwatershed of Medway Creek in southwestern Ontario.
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

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