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Subsurface Drain

A subsurface drain being installed using a trencher

Practice Code: 606
Reporting Unit: Feet (Ft.)

A subsurface drain is a conduit, such as corrugated plastic tubing, tile, or pipe, installed beneath the ground surface to collect and/or convey drainage water.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Reduces erosion
  • Improves crop yields
  • Can serve as an outlet for other subsurface drains

Ground Disturbing Potential of Conservation Practices

This is a potential ground disturbing conservation practice. Any project with ground disturbing or potential ground disturbing practices planned may need to be submitted for review by the State Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. Please see the Cultural Resources Review Process Flowchart for an outline of this process. View a list of conservation practices used in New York State, and their ground disturbing potential.   

Conservation Practice Support Documents

Support Documents for this conservation practice are available for download from an abbreviated version of Section IV of the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG).

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideAll support documents associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide Web site.

 

Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

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Surface Drain, Field Ditch (607)
Underground Outlet (620)

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forestland, please contact your local NRCS office.

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