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Subsurface Drain

The outlet of a subsurface drain emptying into open ditchPractice Code: 606

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.

Conservation Practice Documents

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Conservation Practice Standard Overview
NRCS New York Conservation Practice Standard
Standard Drawing*

* An Autodesk® version of the Standard Drawing is available on the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG) web site.

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideAdditional documents associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS FOTG.


Related Conservation Practices

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

Critical Area Planting
Drainage Water Management
Surface Drain, Field Ditch
Underground Outlet

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.   

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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