Free Homeowners Drainage Clinic


Our soils affect our lives every day. We use our soils for foundations for our homes, for the road beds on which we drive, for impounding water for recreation and drinking, and of course, to provide us food, fiber, fuel and forage.

Ohio has very productive soils; however, we have quite a few that are considered wet and require drainage improvements for those soils to perform at their best. Agricultural producers have long known that soil productivity is enhanced with surface and subsurface drainage improvements.

Non-farmers may find such drainage improvements to be beneficial as well. Join the Delaware Soil & Water Conservation District on Thursday, July 16, for a workshop on drainage in neighborhoods and rural areas.

The Drainage Clinic will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the John Miller residence located at 2922 Berlin Station Road in Delaware.

This free workshop is geared toward homeowners and rural residents and will cover the following topics:

• How does drainage work? What is the difference between surface and subsurface drainage?

• What are my soil limitations in regards to water management?

• Will drainage improve my property for landscaping, growing a vegetable garden, planting a cover crop, creating a rain garden, installing a seasonal high tunnel, keeping my basement dry, and more?

• Is my drainage issue the same as my neighbor’s so that working together will bring a better resolution to our issues?

• What are drainage easements? How do I find out if there is one on my property?

• What are the drainage laws in Ohio?

Tentative plans are for a subsurface drainage installation to take place during the workshop.

The Drainage Clinic is free; however, reservations are required so that sufficient handout materials are available; and bring a folding chair.

RSVP by emailing < dona-rhea@delawareswcd.org > or call 740-368-1921 by July 15.