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March 19, 2019

$20 million in aid to farmers to reduce fertilizer runoff in Ohio

Ohio state announced programs to help northwest Ohio farmers, including $4.5 million in funding to build structures such as manure storage and drainage facilities, to reduce runoff that feeds chronic algal growth on Lake Erie.

Toledo passes Lake Erie Bill of Rights; farmers face litigation

Citizens of Toledo, Ohio voted to provide extra protections for Lake Erie. The Lake Erie Bill of Rights would allow any citizen to sue anyone who ‘causes harm’ to the lake’s ecosystem, raising concerns about the potential for frivolous lawsuits for farmers over drainage.

Saskatchewan offers $5 million for farm water management support

The provincial government of Saskatchewan will invest $5 million in the Saskatchewan Conservation and Development Association to advance farm water management. The intake period for new infrastructure project applications runs from March 15 to April 30, 2019.
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Drainage licensing in Manitoba: Policy or politics?

Inconsistency with the drainage regulation process is causing frustration for landowners and Manitoba is at a crossroads with how to proceed. Landowners across the Canadian province say they’re facing a situation where provincial regulators have been issuing drainage licences, often to local governments, without fully considering their downstream impact. » Read more...

Overholt Drainage School

Mar. 16-20
Location: Defiance, OH
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Drainage Task Force Annual Meeting

June 5-6
Location: Moorhead, MN
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LICA National Summer Meeting

July 8-13
Location: Vancouver, WA
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