March 11, 2019

Newsletter

ADMC Spring 2022 Update

ADMC Welcomes New Members AMDC welcomes in and thanks the Drain Tile Safety Coalition and Hands On Tiling & Excavating LLC as new members in the Spring of 2022. ADMC members may recognize the DTCS as they had a strong presence at the winter LICA meetings. ADMC looks forward to the partnership that is aimed at reducing accidents during tile installations. The DTSC has a powerful video on the importance of locating utility lines and ADMC will be assisting in spreading their safety information. Hands On Excavating, located in Radcliffe, IA, are joining as Silver members. Co-founder Jacob Handsaker has been very active in incorporating conservation drainage systems into their business model. Hands On Excavating successfully installed the 51 saturated buffers and bioreactors in the

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Bioreactor and Saturated Buffer Workshop to be held January 19 near Slater, IA

AMES, Iowa – Iowa Learning Farms, in partnership with Heartland Cooperative, and Agricultural Drainage Management Coalition, is hosting a farmer and landowner workshop on Wednesday, January 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Tron Scott’s farm near Slater to discuss bioreactor and saturated buffer edge-of-field practices. The free event is open to farmers and landowners and includes a complimentary meal. Saturated buffers and bioreactors have been prioritized by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as they are some of the most cost-effective methods to improve water quality. These practices can be located within existing filter strips and are designed to work with the drainage system of the field. There are now numerous programs with financial and technical assistance available to encourage farmers and landowners to

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ADMC is working with the Conservation Drainage Network to gain insights from drainage contractors

Conservation drainage practices, applied in a conservation systems approach, offer great promise to improve environmental performance and farm economic viability on artificially-drained cropland. However, despite their benefits, producers are not adopting these practices on a widespread basis on tile-drained cropland. To better understand this situation, ADMC, along with members of the Conservation Drainage Network Growth Subcommittee, invites contractors to participate in a brief survey. The goal is to help us learn more about how conservation drainage practices are recommended and explained, as well as the limitations and barriers to adoption. The Conservation Drainage Network is a national partnership with the goal of improving conservation drainage practices to better meet future demands for crop production while enhancing environmental benefits through producer adoption of practical conservation solutions that

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Call 811 Before You Dig

Do you know what’s below the ground? It’s a simple question, but many excavators are not aware that buried beneath the ground is an extensive network of millions of miles of pipes, wires and cables that transport natural gas and other energy resources, electricity, telecommunications, water, and sewage. Contacting 811 is more than a call. Contacting 811 prior to excavating is just one of the critical steps that must be taken to help prevent undesirable impacts such as an injury or a life-threatening situation, property damage, environmental harms, and financial loss when an excavation damages underground utilities. A “Call before you Dig,” One Call notification system, 811, exists in every state, and the call is toll-free. Pipeline damages may be low-frequency events, but have high

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Reflections from the 2021 ADMC Annual Meeting

The ADMC annual meeting, hosted by ISG Inc., was held in Bloomington, MN. on Wednesday October 27th. It was great to be able to meet in person and I do not think there is a way to have come out of the meeting and without being energized or enthusiastic about the future of water management. ADMC and its members have had an active year as discussions ranged from how to increase value to landowners in the Red River Valley while incorporating constructed wetlands to innovative uses of sub-irrigation in the Southeast United States. ADMC and its members also discussed next level projects that moved conservation drainage practices beyond demonstration and towards scalable implementation. ADMC along with LICA looks to bring a call to action forward,

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The Iowa Polk County Saturated Buffer Project is accepting construction bids

The Polk County Saturated Buffer Project formed a SWCD-County-IDALS-NRCS-ADMC partnership and created a new framework to remove barriers to adoption in order to install saturated buffers and bioreactors at a significant pace. The partnership is proud to announce that the project is moving to the next phase as the combined 51 saturated buffer and bioreactor sites are now out to bid for installation. The bidding packages are open until April 1, 2021 with submittal instructions found in the bid documents. The bids can be submitted to John Swanson, Watershed Management Authority Coordinator, via email. The packages include: Eastern Polk County Group – 5 saturated buffers and 3 bioreactors Walnut Creek Group – 2 saturated buffers and 1 bioreactor Fourmile Creek Group – 33 saturated buffers,

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