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Drainage, Lateral Effects, and Drainage Water Management

Drainage is the practice of removing surface and sub-surface water from an area.  Often drainage is used to improve crop production.  Lateral effect refers to the extent at which the drainage influences the hydrology.

Common drainage policies and laws in North Dakota as well as information regarding lateral effects are found below. 

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State of ND Drainage Rules

Visit the ND State Water Commission Regulatory Program for current information.
 

NRCS Drainage Information

EFH Chapter 19 - Hydrology Tools for Wetland Identification and Analysis
ND Minimal Effect Evaluation Procedure Worksheet (DOC; 55 KB)

Hydrogeomorphic (HGM) Assessments Applicable in ND

Pothole Sandplain Slope
Guide Guide Guide
Worksheet Worksheet Worksheet
For more information contact:
Jonathan Petersen, State Hydrologist, (701-530-2082)

 

WETS Tables

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All PDF’s are 11 KB unless noted.
 
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Adams
Adams
Barnes
Barnes
Barnes
Billings
Billings
Bottineau
Bottineau
Bottineau
Bottineau
Bowman
Burleigh
Burleigh
Burleigh
Burleigh
Burke
Burke
Cass
Cass
Cavalier
Dickey
Dickey
Dickey
Dickey
Divide
Divide
Divide
Divide
Dunn
Dunn
Emmons
Emmons
Foster
Foster
Foster
Golden Valley
Golden Valley
Grant
Grant
Grand Forks
Grand Forks
Grand Forks
Griggs
Hettinger
Hettinger
Kidder
LaMoure
LaMoure
Logan
McHenry
McHenry
McHenry
McHenry
McHenry
McIntosh
McIntosh
McKenzie
McKenzie
McKenzie
McLean
McLean
McLean
McLean
McLean
McLean
Mercer
Mercer
Morton
Morton
Morton
Morton
Mountrail
Mountrail
Nelson
Oliver
Pembina
Pembina
Pierce
Ramsey
Ramsey
Ransom
Ransom
Renville
Renville
Richland
Richland
Richland
Rolette
Rolette
Sargent
Sheridan
Sioux
Sioux
Slope
Slope
Slope
Stark
Stark
Stark
Steele
Steele
Stutsman
Stutsman
Stutsman
Stutsman
Stutsman
Stutsman
Stutsman
Stutsman
Towner
Traill
Walsh
Walsh
Ward
Ward
Ward
Ward
Ward
Wells
Wells
Wells
Williams
Williams
Williams
 
 
 

 

Drainage Water Management

Water management is the control and movement of water resources to minimize damage to life and property and to maximize efficient beneficial use. Good water management of dams and levees reduces the risk of harm due to flooding. Irrigation water management systems make the most efficient use of limited water supplies for agriculture.  Drainage management involves water budgeting and analysis of surface and sub-surface drainage systems. Sometimes water management involves changing practices, such as groundwater withdrawal rates, or allocation of water to different purposes.

Drainage water management can help increase production, keep nutrients on the field and send clean, filtered water downstream.  The video below shows how landowners benefit from drainage water management.

Drainage Water Management Video