Fraser Valley – Enhanced Collaboration for Agricultural Drainage & Ditch Management [fv01]
|Status||completed in 2017|
|Project Lead||BC Blueberry Council|
|Funding Partners||Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, BC Ministry of Agriculture, BC Blueberry Council, Dairy Industry Research and Education Committee|
Good drainage infrastructure improves the productivity of agricultural soil through removal of excess moisture and provides more flexible windows for agricultural activities – particularly early and late in the production season. Due to changing precipitation patterns, climate change is anticipated to increase pressure on drainage infrastructure on the farm, and beyond the farm gate. Farm level drainage frequently links into broader regional systems, but each local government in the Fraser Valley has its own approach to maintaining this public infrastructure. Additional government agencies may also be involved in actions pertaining to drainage management which creates a complex system requiring effective coordination and collaboration between agencies.
The goal of this project is to improve the coordination and consistency of the approach to dealing with agricultural drainage in order to assist producers with effective management of these systems. The project will conduct a high-level assessment of the state of agricultural ditches and drainage across the Fraser Valley Regional District to identify priority and common issues, and current processes and practices. The project will then share the findings with key partners and agencies and initiate dialogue through workshops to identify options for improving coordination and management. Finally, the project will seek to create a primary updated information source of clear and consistent information for producers about ditch and drainage maintenance.