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A diversion installed above a crop field to intercept runoff and direct it to a safe outlet

Practice Code: 362
Reporting Unit: Feet (Ft.)

A diversion is an earthen embankment similar to a terrace that directs runoff water from a specific area.

Purposes and Benefits

  • Reduces soil erosion by collecting runoff water and conducting it to a safe outlet
  • Vegetation in the diversion filters runoff water, improving water quality
  • Vegetation provides cover for small birds and animals
  • Allows better crop growth

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:

Critical Area Planting (342)
Fence (382)
Grassed Waterway (412)
Lined Waterway or Outlet (468)
Subsurface Drain (606)
Terrace (600)
Underground Outlet (620)
Waste Storage Facility (313)

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


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