Tile Drainage in Wisconsin: Understanding and Locating Tile Drainage Systems


Author(s) Matt Ruark, John Panuska, Eric Cooley, Joe Pagel.

Subsurface drainage is used for agricultural, residential, and industrial purposes to remove excess water from poorly drained land. To maintain agricultural productivity and protect water quality, producers, consultants, and agency personnel must understand tile drainage, locate drainage systems, and properly maintain them.

This fact sheet provides information on tile drainage systems throughout Wisconsin and describe methods to locate tile drains in the field (4 pages; 2009).