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Agricultural drainage is an important component of a viable and competitive agricultural industry in Ontario. "Constructed Drains" are watercourses in the form of ditches or natural watercourses that have been modified to improve drainage, or they are in the form of buried tile systems. The types of constructed drains are either open systems (ditches, natural watercourses, etc.) or closed systems (buried tile).
The objective of this project is to create a mappable layer of constructed drains that can be easily updated and then integrated with watercourse data from other agencies.
Partner agencies, each with their own responsibility and interest in inland waters including constructed drains are; the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Municipalities, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and Conservation Authorities.
Figure 1. Constructed Drains mapping data available from Land Information Ontario - Southern Ontario.
Figure 2. Constructed Drains mapping data available from Land Information Ontario - Northern Ontario.
Enhanced drainage data allows users to make more knowledgeable observations and decisions about current drainage conditions, future drainage plans, and environmental conditions. When integrated with watercourse data describing fish habitat, flow direction, water quality and quantity, this project will assist future water management programs. Constructed Drain data in use is shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3. Constructed Drain information for part of Mersea Township.
Please visit the Land Information Ontario (LIO) website for more information on downloading the Constructed Drain dataset.
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