Advanced Conservation Drainage Training

ISAP ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2019 ADVANCED CONSERVATION DRAINAGE TRAINING PROGRAM

ARE YOU A FARM MANAGER OR DRAINAGE COMMISSIONER INTERESTED IN NEW OPTIONS FOR MANAGING TILE SYSTEMS?
ARE YOU A CONTRACTOR OR ENGINEER WHO WORKS WITH CLIENTS TO ADDRESS AGRICULTURAL DRAINAGE CONCERNS?
ARE YOU A CONSERVATION PROFESSIONAL INVOLVED IN EFFORTS TO REDUCE AGRICULTURAL NUTRIENT LOSSES?

The Illinois Sustainable Ag Partnership is now accepting applications for its Summer 2019 Advanced Conservation Drainage Training Program. Our unique training program brings together diverse members of the agricultural and drainage communities and provides them with knowledge, tools, and connections to make conservation drainage an integral part of tile installation and farm management.

Our 2019 training series will focus on three conservation drainage practices: saturated buffers, constructed wetlands, and drainage water management. Through classroom exercises, field demonstrations, and expert-led discussions, participants will learn about the science behind how each practice works, gain technical knowledge associated with siting, designing, and constructing conservation drainage practices, and develop strategies to successfully implement practices while overcoming common administrative challenges. Click here to view The Training Flyer.

The training will consist of three in-person workshops this summer. Workshops will include both classroom and field elements and will take place at sites across Central Illinois.

We are recruiting a diverse cadre of trainees (drainage contractors, farmers, engineers, agency experts, crop consultants, etc.) to enhance the learning experience and create a strong, continuing network of regional experts. More details, including training dates and locations, can be found on the Final Invitation PDF.

To apply, visit: http://tiny.cc/apply-acdt-2019.

Applications are being accepted through April 19, 2019.

Please direct questions about the training to Adrienne Marino, Training Coordinator (adrienne.marino@tnc.org, 309-636-3322) or to Keegan Kult, Training Facilitator (kkult@admcoalition.com).

The 2018 conservation drainage training included installation of a saturated buffer at the Illinois State University Farm in Lexington, IL. Public saturated buffer and constructed wetland installations are planned to coincide with 2019 training sessions.

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TO HELP RAISE AWARENESS OF SMART WETLANDS AND TO INFORM FARMERS AND LANDOWNERS ABOUT HOW THESE WETLANDS COULD WORK ON THEIR FARM, TWI RECENTLY LAUNCHED THE WWW.SMARTWETLANDS.FARM WEBSITE.

Our launched website outlines the criteria used to determine if a Smart Wetland is right for a particular tile-drainage system, features photos and engineering designs of two operating Smart Wetlands, reviews the 4-step Process PDF Document TWI uses to design and install the practice, demonstrates how natural processes remove nitrogen and phosphorus from drainage water, and offers suggestions on how to finance the construction of a Smart Wetland.

Stay up-to-date on ISAP's events page for details!