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Field drainage innovations can improve Lake Erie water quality

Posted: Thursday, Nov 7th, 2013


Photo/ Stan Livingston - During construction of a blind inlet, septic tiles are placed on top of a layer of coarse limestone gravel, covered in a second layer of gravel, encased in landscape fabric and backfilled with coarse soil to facilitate infiltration.


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Field drainage installations called blind inlets have been adapted by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists for managing agricultural pollutants in the Lake Erie watershed.

These systems, which were developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist Doug Smith and others, are so effective that farmers who install them are eligible for financial assistance through USDAs Environmental Quality Incentives Program.

For the complete article see the 11-08-2013 issue.

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