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USDA & DRAINAGE PRACTICES. America’s Ag Water Management Summit October 12, 2011 Douglas W. Toews, P.E. USDA-NRCS. NRCS Practices for Drainage Water Management (DWM). Range of practices Integrated water management Infrastructure needed before DWM USDA programs & practices.

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usda drainage practices

USDA & DRAINAGE PRACTICES

America’s Ag Water Management Summit

October 12, 2011

Douglas W. Toews, P.E.

USDA-NRCS

nrcs practices for drainage water management dwm

NRCS Practices for Drainage Water Management (DWM)

Range of practices

Integrated water management

Infrastructure needed before DWM

USDA programs & practices

u s irrigated cropland
U.S. Irrigated Cropland

Source: U.S. Census of Agriculture, 2007.

dwm process
DWM Process

Plan → Design → Install → Manage

world of nrcs practices

World of NRCS Practices

DWM

Practice CategoryRelatedTotal

Conservation Practices 10 160

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Structure for

Water Control

(587)

tile drain pumped outlet
Tile Drain Pumped Outlet

Pumping Plant

(533)

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Evolution of DWM (554)

YearConservation Practice

1977 Regulating Water in Drainage Systems (554)

1987 Water Table Control (641)

1990 Controlled Drainage (335)

2001 Drainage Water Management (554)

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World of NRCS Practices

DWM

Practice CategoryRelatedTotal

Conservation Practices 10 160

Interim Cons. Practices 2 50

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Denitrifying

Bioreactor

(747)

world of nrcs practices2

World of NRCS Practices

DWM

Practice CategoryRelatedTotal

Conservation Practices 10 160

Interim Cons. Practices 2 50

Conservation Activity Plans 1 16

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Conservation Activity Plan (CAP) 130: DWM Plan

1. Farm/field information

2. Producer objectives

3. Maps of fields/soils/drainage systems/wetland delineations

4. DWM zones

5. Conservation Practices & infrastructure needed

6. DWM schedule

7. Management instructions

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World of NRCS Practices

DWM

Practice CategoryRelatedTotal

Conservation Practices 10 160

Interim Cons. Practices 2 50

Conservation Activity Plans 1 16

Enhancements (CSP) 2 97

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DWM Enhancements

SQL03 DWM for nutrient, pathogen,

or pesticide reduction

ANM01 DWM for seasonal wildlife

habitat

dwm process1
DWM Process

Plan → Design → Install → Manage

dwm process2
DWM Process

Plan → Design → Install → Manage

Cons Plan

CAP 130

dwm process3
DWM Process

Plan → Design → Install → Manage

Cons Plan CP 587

CAP 130 CP 606

CP 607/8

CP 533

CP 390/1

CP 657/8/9

ICP 747

dwm process4
DWM Process

Plan → Design → Install → Manage

Cons Plan CP 587 CP 554

CAP 130 CP 606 ICP 799

CP 607/8

CP 533

CP 390/1

CP 657/8/9

ICP 747

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Program/Practice Results

Average Annual

Amount Applied

Management PracticeNationally (acres)

Integrated Pest Mgmt (595) 5,215,000

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Program/Practice Results

Average Annual

Amount Applied

Management PracticeNationally (acres)

Integrated Pest Mgmt (595) 5,215,000

Nutrient Mgmt (590) 4,333,000

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Program/Practice Results

Average Annual

Amount Applied

Management PracticeNationally (acres)

Integrated Pest Mgmt (595) 5,215,000

Nutrient Mgmt (590) 4,333,000

Irrigation Water Mgmt (449) 1,163,000

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Program/Practice Results

Average Annual

Amount Applied

Management PracticeNationally (acres)

Integrated Pest Mgmt (595) 5,215,000

Nutrient Mgmt (590) 4,333,000

Irrigation Water Mgmt (449) 1,163,000

Drainage Water Mgmt (554) 4,000

tsp certification options for dwm
TSP Certification Options for DWM
  • Certification: ADMC or LICA
  • Education: B.S. in Ag/Bio Engineering,

Agronomy, or Plant Science

  • Experience: One year minimum
  • Engineering License: Registered P.E. in the State

Two references required, and CAP 130 requires completion of NRCS Conservation Planning Part 1, Modules 1-5.

more information
More Information
  • NRCS website link to TechReg (DWM Plans):

http://www.techreg.usda.gov/RptActivityPlans.aspx

  • NRCS website link to State’s eFOTG (DWM Standards & Specifications):http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/efotg
  • NRCS website link to CSP Enhancements:

http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/main?ss=16&navid=100120300000000&pnavid=100120000000000&position=SUBNAVIGATION&ttype=main&navtype=SUBNAVIGATION&pname=Conservation%20Stewardship%20Program%20|%20NRCS