Public gets chance to visit innovative drainage project in Clinton

The public is welcome to stop by one of Ontario's most innovative field drainage sites as it is being installed on June 15 at the Huronview Demonstration Farm, near Clinton.

The public can visit the Huronview Demonstration Farm near Clinton on June 15 to see an innovative field drainage project. (Handout)

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The public is welcome to stop by one of Ontario’s most innovative field drainage sites as it is being installed on June 15 at the Huronview Demonstration Farm, near Clinton.

The event will include live installation, wagon rides, workshops, food trucks and a trade show. The field is located behind the Huronview complex (77722 London Road, Clinton) and all are welcome to drop in between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2019. Admission is $5 per person.

The event is being run by Huron Soil and Crop Improvement Association (HSCIA), which is a volunteer board of farmers that are passionate about improving soil and water quality. HSCIA has a fifteen-year agreement with the County of Huron to farm on the 47-acre Huronview Demo Farm field with cover crops, no-till, and best practices.

“We knew we needed to invest in field drainage there in order to control erosion and we took this opportunity to try the most innovative system out there,” said Doug Walker, President of HSCIA.

“And by partnering with Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA), we’re able to use it for research.”

“It is an unprecedented partnership,” said Melisa Luymes, Project Coordinator.

“We’re bringing agricultural, drainage, and environmental stakeholders together to innovate and research for water quality,” she said. “The project is made possible with Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) funding from the federal and provincial governments, along with Huron County’s support.”

Drainage is essential for farming, but it needs to be designed well to reduce the potential for impacts downstream, according to Luymes.

“Essentially, we’re trying to ‘shut off’drainage systems with underground control gates at certain times of the year,” she said.

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