Advanced Conservation Drainage Training

ADVANCED CONSERVATION DRAINAGE TRAINING PROGRAM

1) Training participants visited a saturated buffer installation in Champaign County, IL in June 2019. Photo by Vicki Morrical

Partners throughout Illinois are working to meet the goals of the Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy. Widespread adoption both of in-field nutrient management and soil health practices and edge of field filtration and tile treatment practices will be needed to address nitrogen and phosphorus losses from agricultural lands.

Sharing information on these practices helps farmers and landowners understand the bigger conservation picture and helps overcome the tendency to do nothing.

- ACDT 2019 Participant

Delivering practical information to drive implementation of conservation drainage

ISAP’s conservation drainage program highlights practices like saturated buffers, constructed wetlands, controlled drainage, and bioreactors, which are designed to capture and treat high levels of nitrate-nitrogen from tile flow. Our workshops provide participants with knowledge and tools to make conservation drainage practices a standard part of tile installation and farm management.

  • Are you a farmer or landowner looking to realize the full benefits of your drainage system?
  • Do you work in the drainage industry and want to know how you can help clients better address their drainage and nutrient loss reduction needs?
  • Are you a farm manager or drainage commissioner interested in new options for managing tile systems?
  • Are you a conservation professional interested in providing the latest information on conservation drainage opportunities to landowners you work with?
  • Are you a watershed coordinator who wants to understand how and where tile treatment practices can fit into your planning efforts?
  • Does your company want to learn how edge of field practices fit into long-term sustainability plans?

More information on Summer 2020 Workshops coming soon!

Contact: adrienne.marino@tnc.org

In July 2019, a constructed wetland installation led by The Wetlands Initiative, IL Land Improvement Contractors Association, and Illinois Central College was the main attraction at a Tazewell County field day highlighting nutrient loss reduction practices. Photo by IL Land Improvement Contractors.

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!