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Surface Drainage, Main or Lateral

A field ditch which provides drainage to the cropland on both sides

Practice Code: 607
Reporting Unit: Feet (Ft.)

A field ditch installed for surface drainage is a graded ditch for collecting excess water in a field.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Removes excess surface water from fields
  • Provides an adequate outlet for drainage systems

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 Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments 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:

Subsurface Drain (606)
Underground Outlet (620)

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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