Good drainage is essential to the proper functioning of a grassed waterway. In the photo above, two new 4-inch plastic tile lines were installed by Young Drainage Company on each side of a proposed waterway site on the Wes Honsberger farm in Salem Township. A well drained soil is much less likely to erode, and the new tile lines will provide good drainage on each side of the new waterway after it is constructed later this summer.
Contractor Brad Young of Young Drainage Company uses his ditching machine to cut out a broken down clay tile main at the Honsberger waterway site. After new plastic tile lines are installed on each side of the waterway, the old clay tile is destroyed in order to avoid continuing breakdown and tile blowouts on the old clay tile system.Â After the tile trenches settle, the site will be ready for summer waterway construction. The Wyandot SWCD designs grassed waterways as a service for landowners who are seeking an effective conservation practice for controlling gully erosion.