Land drainage (agriculture)
Luthin, James N. Department of Civil Engineering, University of California, Davis, California.
Last reviewed:January 2021
- Surface drainage
- Subsurface drainage in humid regions
- Subsurface drainage in arid regions
- Construction of drains
- Related Primary Literature
- Additional Reading
The removal of water from the surface of the land and the control of the shallow ground water table improves the soil as a medium for plant growth. The sources of excess water may be precipitation, snowmelt, irrigation water, overland flow or underground seepage from adjacent areas, artesian flow from deep aquifers, floodwater from channels, or water applied for such special purposes as leaching salts from the soil or for achieving temperature control.
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