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Field tiling DOES impact flooding

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The flooding isn't the worst of what drain tiling may increase. The increased phospahates and nitrates caused by drain tiling are polluting our rivers and lakes. Need proof? Google the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico and the problems that are now affecting Lake Winnipeg. Drain tiloing needs to be regulated more closely, but who am I to say that? I'm just a chemist.

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Not only does tiling increase nutrients into the streams, increase flooding, and decrease recharge rates of our aquifers. It also increases the base-flow of streams with an overall increase of annual discharge thus increasing bank-erosion. This bank-erosion then increases the amount of sediment in the streams decreasing clarity, adding nutrients that were locked into the stream-bank, and choking out spawning habitat of many desirable species of fish (ie walleye, small-mouths).

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Wow you all are hammering the Ag industry this week. No fishing yet?

I think people are finally fed up with the ag industry!! Also they must forget about all the ditching that goes on and with the technology they have now days the water doesn't sit for long. I sure hope they crack down on it and I would be willing to bet that if they did our flooding would be less frequent.

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