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April 2, 2019

Illinois Senate approves drainage consolidation bill

The Illinois Farm Bureau is opposing a new legislation, approved by state lawmakers, which allows water drainage districts to be absorbed into the municipality they’re at least 75 percent inside of. The problem, according to the farm bureau, is this would hand the remaining drainage authority over to the county, rather than a drainage district, which could be less efficient than a drainage district largely governed by the farmers in it.

Federal judge issues injunction on Lake Erie Bill of Rights

A federal district court has granted a temporary injunction on the city of Toledo, OH’s recent action that gives Lake Erie its own legal rights and could result in burdensome lawsuits for farmers. The move puts any enforcement of the Bill on pause until further review.

Wet conditions cause drainage headaches for Iowa farmers

Wet conditions in Iowa have caused issues with the handling of animal waste and increased manure runoff concerns. Iowa State University Extension says they can help with drainage issues and designing facilities to handle the issue, and advises farmers to assess their current and future drainage needs.
Subsurface draining

How subsurface drainage impacts water quality, movement and distribution

With the arrival of spring, this article from 2016 revisits the basics and explores the benefits of conservation drainage systems. Research based in the Red River Valley reveals how systems such as saturated buffers and controlled drainage affect water quality, movement and distribution. » Read more...

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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Nutrient Removal and Recovery Symposium

July 23-25
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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