MADISON COUNTY — Due to shifting climates, major rainfall events are on the rise in Ohio. The number of heavy downpours have increased 30 percent above the 1901 – 1960 average. The increased water flow has resulted in increased tiling into rural drainage systems that may not have enough capacity. In addition, soil erosion and fertilizer runoff can be prevalent if left unmanaged. Who is responsible when excess water has undesirable impacts?
The Madison Soil & Water Conservation District is hosting an Agricultural Drainage Workshop on Thursday, Aug. 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Procter Conference Center, 11235 St. Rt. 38 SE, London, to provide information on drainage laws and best management practices to reduce the effects of flooding, poor drainage, and erosion. Long term benefits include better neighbor relations and better water quality, while achieving economic goals from improved crop production.
Speakers and sponsors of this event include the Natural Resource Conservation Service, The Ohio State University Extension, the Ohio Environmental Education Fund, the Madison County Engineer, and the Madison County Farm Bureau.
Topics that will be covered throughout the morning include impacts of climate change on agriculture, understanding drainage laws, and the county ditch petition process. After lunch, speakers will talk about stewardship of natural resources and various drainage control practices as well as sustainable techniques that will help improve soil health.
“If you have been impacted by poor drainage or increased erosion and runoff, you are not alone,” said Brian Hackett, District Technician. “Our goal in having this workshop is to help landowners avoid muddy situations with their neighbors and on their property by providing useful information and giving them an opportunity to network with their peers.”
This is a free event, open to anyone with an interest in learning more about agricultural drainage. Lunch will be provided by Madison County Farm Bureau. Space is limited. Please call (740) 852-4003 or email Brian Hackett at email@example.com by July 26 for more information and to reserve a seat.