Category: Irrigation and Drainage
Storing drained water within the landscape can increase the sustainability of water for agriculture, particularly as intense rainfall and prolonged summer drought increase under future climate conditions. Controlled drainage, saturated buffers, and drainage water recycling are practices that can provide both crop production and environmental benefits. The Transforming Drainage project is advancing agricultural drainage design and implementation that includes these water storage practices, through research and extension across the region. Field research data from 34 experimental drainage sites throughout the U.S. Corn Belt have been collected in a common database to support synthesis and modeling across the region. The online Drainage Water Recycling Evaluation Tool allows users to determine economic and environmental impacts of capturing and using drainage water. This poster will describe these and other research and extension products that are educating agricultural producers, the drainage industry, watershed managers, agencies, and policy makers to design drainage systems that include storage in the landscape.
Jane Frankenberger– Professor, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana