We know that farmland drain tile funnels more water and pollutants into Minnesota's water bodies. Yet, no one is tracking - on a state-wide basis - the amount and location of drain tile projects. The Minnesota DNR must be adequately funded to determine the full extent of agricultural drain tiling in Minnesota.
Agribusiness and industrial agriculture has been exempt from cleaning up the water that comes out of drain tile. This water often has nitrogen and phosphates. Drain tile needs to be permitted, followed and documented. If you have drain tile on your land and do not hold the water, you should NOT be eligible for irrigation permits. Those laws on the books need to be enforced. Agencies need to be empowered to do their ...more »
If tax incentives were in place to establish farm tile networks that collect nutrient-rich runoff from livestock and croplands into impervious ponds, those waters can be pumped back through the tiles to wick back and refresh those soils on dry summer days. It's a cost to chemical sales, but a boon to farmers and everyone else south to the Mississippi Delta.