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Red River Valley Drainage Water Management Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$26,462
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$19,692
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$274,378
Fund Source
Clean Water Fund
Recipient
Wilkin Soil and Water Conservation District
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
State Government
Status
In Progress
Start Date
August 2015
End Date
December 2022
Activity Type
Demonstration/Pilot Project
Education/Outreach/Engagement
Research
Counties Affected
Clay
Kittson
Marshall
Norman
Polk
Roseau
Wilkin
Clay
Kittson
Marshall
Norman
Polk
Roseau
Wilkin
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota Session Laws - 2019, 1st Special Session, CHAPTER 2--S.F. No. 3, Article 2
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2019: (d) $1,500,000 the first year and $1,500,000 the second year are for technical assistance, research, and demonstration projects on proper implementation of best management practices and more-precise information on nonpoint contributions to impaired waters and for grants to support on-farm demonstration of agricultural practices. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2024.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota Session Laws - 2017, Regular Session, Chapter 91, Article 2, Section 3
Appropriation Language

M.L. 2017: (d) $1,125,000 the first year and $1,125,000 the second year are for technical assistance, research, and demonstration projects on proper implementation of best management practices and more precise information on nonpoint contributions to impaired waters and for grants to support on-farm demonstration of agricultural practices. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2022.

2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$26,462
Other Funds Leveraged
$26,000
Administration costs
$881
Number of full time equivalents funded
see "Statewide Technical Assistance"
Source of Additional Funds

Leveraged funding provided by the Buffalo Red Watershed District

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$19,692
Administration costs
$1,675
Number of full time equivalents funded
see "Statewide Technical Assistance"
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2015, 1st Special Session, Chapter 2, Article 2, Sec. 3
Appropriation Language

(d) $1,125,000 the first year and $1,125,000 the second year are for technical assistance, research, and demonstration projects on proper implementation of best management practices and more precise information on nonpoint contributions to impaired waters. This appropriation is available until June 30, 2020.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$274,378
Other Funds Leveraged
$79,676
Administration costs
$14,030
Number of full time equivalents funded
See "Statewide Technical Assistance"
Source of Additional Funds

Leveraged funds were provided by project partners in the form of cost share, sample analysis, equipment, supplies, and in-kind work.

Project Overview

PROJECT GOAL: Improve agricultural production and reduce flooding losses while minimizing the unwanted environmental impacts of subsurface drainage.

PROJECT OBJECTIVE: Demonstrate controlled tile drainage as a flood mitigation practice as well as the water quality and quantity benefits. The project is intended to set an example to increase the adoption of drainage water management practices in the Red River Valley. 

Controlled drainage and a saturated buffer are both being evaluated as part of this project.

Subsurface runoff is being monitored and water samples are collected and analyzed for nitrate-nitrogen. Installations of equipment was completed in 2015-2016. Monitoring began in 2107. The study has two field locations approximately 3 miles apart (see attached factsheet). This project was established as a long-term research and demonstration site; it is intended to continue for a period of seven to ten years.

Drainage water management, like controlled drainage and saturated buffers, helps farmers manage water on their fields. This practice can increase production, keep nutrients on the field and send clean, filtered water downstream.

 

About the Issue

Historically, controlled drainage was the term used for the practice where water is periodically held back within the subsurface drainage system by adjusting the outlet elevation. Later, the term drainage water management was adopted by researchers and industry professionals for the same practice in the Midwest region.

Controlled Drainage: The practice where water is periodically held back within the subsurface drainage system by adjusting the outlet elevation. This is often accomplished by placing boards within control structures that are located within the drainge tile system.

Drainage Water Management (DWM): Any drainage practice involving managing the drainage water for water quality and quantity. 

Project Details

Project partners include the collaborating landowners, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Wilkin Soil and Water Conservation District, Buffalo-Red River Watershed District, Agridrain Corp., Prinsco, Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS), Tightline Drainage, and Jemco.

Project Manager
First Name
Jeppe
Last Name
Kjaersgaard
Organization Name
Minnesota Department of Agriculture
Street Address
625 Robert Street North
City
St. Paul
State
Minnesota
Zip Code
55155
Phone
651-201-6149
Email
Jeppe.Kjaersgaard@state.mn.us