Come Join SNC and Learn About Control Tile Drainage

21-Mar-2016 21-Mar-2016

South Nation Conservation (SNC) invites local farmers and drainage contractors to come and learn more about the benefits of Control Tile Drainage (CTD) on March 31.

The information session will be held at the SNC office located at 38 Victoria St, Finch, ON from 9:30 a.m. until noon. A light lunch will be provided to participants.

CTD is a drainage management practice that allows growers to better control the timing and amount of water drained from a field.

“Using CTD provides growers with the ability to raise and lower the water table which helps the grower respond to crop needs, and also reduces the amount of nutrients that escape from fields to local watercourses,” says Katherine Watson, SNC Water Resources Specialist.

The workshop will feature presentations from subject matter researchers including Dr. David Lapen from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.  Participants will learn about the agronomic and environmental benefits of CTD, as well as the results of a multi-year CTD study conducted in the South Nation watershed.

“Participants will get to hear from local drainage contractors, Serge Dicaire from Lapointe Drainage, and from Marc Laflèche a local farmer, and Councillor of La Nation Municipality regarding the use of CTD,” mentioned Watson.

Information sessions such as these provide an opportunity for participants to share expertise and experiences using CTD and to hear from local researchers, contractors and farmers.

SNC’s Clean Water Program and Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program offer substantial grants for installing CTD structures. CTD can be retrofitted to most tile drain systems and is best suited for use in relatively flat fields with slopes of one percent or less.

SNC recently hosted Municipal Information Day on Tuesday, March 22nd for Municipal staff and will work with municipalities to host two Septic Information Sessions for local contractors and interested parties. The Septic Information Sessions will occur on March 29th at the Russell Township office and on March 30th at the North Dundas Township office, from 9:00 am until 11:00 am.

To RSVP for the CTD session, please contact Katherine Watson.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Katherine Watson, 1-877-984-2948, ext. 291