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Jerry Biuso, CEO of the Land Improvement Contractors Association, has focused on building up the membership of the organization that represents earthmoving contractors, from farm drainage contractors to landscaping contractors and quarry contractors.
Producers, landowners, consultants, drainage contractors, government agency staff, water resource managers and others interested in subsurface drainage and water table management systems will have an opportunity to learn more at a one-day tile drainage design workshop March 7 in Fargo, N.D.
While April showers might bring May flowers, they also contribute to toxic algae blooms, dead zones and declining water quality in U.S. lakes, reservoirs and coastal waters, a new study shows.
A 50-year-long analysis of hundreds of U.S. Geological Survey monitoring sites finds salts in freshwater rivers and streams are rising across much of the nation. But road salts and deicers, mostly made of the same stuff as table salt, are not the only culprits.
The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) issued a December 21st news release announcing it will add 30 new watersheds in 2018 as part of its National Water Quality Initiative (NWQI).
It's been a busy year for managing water quality in our Great Lakes and surrounding waterways. This year saw above normal rain across many locations of the Great Lakes Basin resulting in above average water levels throughout the summer months in all the lakes.
Manitoba introduced legislation November 30 that could fundamentally change how water and wetlands are managed in the province.
Springfield Plastics launched its 4th Annual Drain for the Cure campaign in October and is excited to announce it has resulted in a donation of $73,136 for the Simmons Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University in Springfield. The Drain for the Cure campaign started in 2014 in an effort to raise money for cancer research. Since its inception in 2014, the campaign has raised over $188,000. 2017's total of $73,136 far surpassed expectations!
Ontario municipalities and counties have been told, through the Endangered Species Act (ESA), that if endangered species are found in the drains and drainage ditches adjacent to farms, they will have to protect those at-risk species.
I can’t think of many things more underappreciated than soil. The earth below our feet is vital for life: the vast majority of our food depends upon it and without it humanity would end. Yet how many people make that association? For example, the vitality of oxygen and water is embedded in our minds as essential to life.
It was recently announced that nearly all producers in Minnesota will now have to install buffers along drainage ditches.
Nine years ago, one of the first bioreactors in Iowa was installed on Mike Bravard's farm near Jefferson, Iowa.
A study of drainage issues was recently completed in Delta, B.C., by researchers from the University of B.C. According to the reasech, during key periods, the drainage systems were not that effective.  
The history of drainage can be traced back to writings as early as 200 B.C., with ancient Romans using brush, straw, poles and even stones to line ditches. In America, John Johnston of Seneca, NY is credited as being the “father of tile drainage” since he was the first to install ceramic tile in 1835.
The 17th annual Drainage Research Forum will provide results and updates on drainage research and farm projects on Nov. 15 at the Iowa State University Alumni Center.

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