Scientists to study drainage tile effects on Red River Valley flooding

By on June 13, 2013
Downtown Grand Forks, North Dakota, during the Red River of the North flood on April 21, 1997 (Credit: USGS)

North Dakota’s Red River Valley has more water miles in agricultural drainage tiles than natural waters. A non-profit research group will work with local water authorities to study the effects of these drainage systems, according to a Jamestown Sun article.

The study was spurred by those living in the Red River Valley, including city officials, who think the drainage systems may contribute to flooding in the area.  A 1997 flood, combined with severe weather, caused $5 billion in damage.

A total of 20 hydrologists and engineers will contribute as an advisory committee the study. It is expected to take just over a year to complete.

Image: Downtown Grand Forks, North Dakota, during the Red River of the North flood on April 21, 1997 (Credit: USGS)

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