Controlled drainage, also known as drainage water management, is the practice of using a water control structure to raise the depth of the … Read More
Project Outcome: Research resulted in 45 peer-reviewed papers, and was also disseminated through 59 conference papers and posters, and 167 conference presentations. … Read more
Project Outcome: NRCS Conservation Practice Standards 604 Saturated Buffer and 447 Irrigation and Drainage Tailwater Recovery were supported by project research. … Read more
Project Outcome: Team members led the development of a new organization, the Conservation Drainage Network, to continue the work to transform drainage. … Read more
Project Outcome: Research was shared through Extension talks, media articles, publications, online tools, and the website visited by at least 33,000 people. … Read more
Project Outcome: The Transforming Drainage Database contains 206 site-years of data that can advance future research. … Read more
Project Outcome: Extension publications were co-authored by teams of Transforming Drainage researchers, peer-reviewed by experts, and are available online. … Read more
Saturated buffers store water within the soil profile of field buffers, by diverting tile water into shallow laterals that raise the water … Read More
Drainage Water Recycling
New Fall 2020 Drainage water recycling is now included in NRCS Conservation Practice Standard 447 Irrigation and Drainage Tailwater … Read More
Transforming Drainage is an 8-state project led by a core group of 15 leading agricultural engineers, soil scientists, agronomists, economists, social scientists, and database and GIS specialists with a common vision — to transform the way drainage is implemented across the agricultural landscape.
Contacts: Project Director Jane Frankenberger; Project Manager Ben Reinhart.
Our project team consists of leading drainage researchers and extension specialists across the Midwest, as well as modeling experts and … Read More
Our Advisory Committee includes representatives from a wide range of stakeholders to provide a network to gather feedback, deliver new … Read More
The Experimental Sites
The Transforming Drainage project is working to determine economic and environmental benefits and costs of drainage water storage practices … Read More