Drainage Workshop 2020

Feb 12 & 13, 2020

The James B. Henry Center for Executive Development
3535 Forest Rd., Lansing, MI 48910 

Michigan's annual Drainage Workshop will be held in East Lansing. This workshop is a collaboration between Michigan State University and Michigan Land Improvements Contractors Association.

Who should attend?

This workshop is intended for producers, landowners, drainage contractors, consultants, NRCS Soil conservationist technicians, MAEAP technicians, other agency technicians, MSU Extension Educators, and whoever is interested in learning about drainage concepts and design of subsurface drainage systems to meet both crop production and environmental objectives.

Why should you attend this drainage workshop?

Easy-to-use online tools will be used to simplify the design process and maximize return on investment in the drainage system. These tools will help estimate the optimum drain spacing to maximize profit, and thereby avoid too narrow or too wide drain spacings. Application of these user-friendly tools is what sets this workshop aside from other drainage workshops.

What will be taught?

Topics will include
  • basics of soils and water movement in soils
  • drainage principles
  • economics of drainage
  • contour maps
  • drainage design
  • user-friendly design tools
  • estimating cost
  • legal aspects of drainage
  • tips for doing your own tiling
  • safety in installation
  • controlled drainage design
  • controlled drainage impact on water quality and crop yield.

The drainage design process begins with basic design considerations and will follow a step-by-step procedure for solving individual and small-team hands-on problems.

Instructors: MSU faculty members and experienced contractors with Michigan Land Improvement Contractors Association (MLICA).

What to bring: Please bring your calculator. Please bring your laptop, if you have one. You will need to use the laptop during the workshop. We have a limited number of laptops for those participants without one to share.


Event provides: We will provide notepads, ruler, pens, and mechanical pencil for each participant. We will provide a limited number of laptops for those participants without one to share.

Food: We will offer morning and afternoon refreshments as well as a lunch buffet (meat and vegetarian).

Morning refreshments from 7 to 11:00 a.m.: Coffee (regular and decaf), hot tea, hard boiled eggs, varieties of juices and milk, assortment of mini muffins, two selections of Danishes, cinnamon rolls, bagels and English muffins with cream cheese, two selections of toaster breads (with buffer, jelly & honey), assortment of yogurt with granola, variety of oatmeal, basket of whole fresh fruit.

Afternoon refreshments from 2 to 5 p.m.: Coffee (regular and decaf), hot tea, fountain drinks, while fruit, assortment of dry snacks, gourmet cookies and brownies, fruit and cheese tray or vegetable crudités with dips, and ice cream treats.

Accommodation: We have blocked a limited number of rooms at the Candlewood Suites (3545 Forest Rd., Lansing), adjacent to the Henry Center, for a discounted price of $95/night plus tax for studio suites. The block of rooms is guaranteed until Monday, January 20, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Guests can begin making reservations at any time by contacting the front desk at 517-351-8181 or by clicking on this link. Please note, for utilizing this booking link, you will need to enter your arrival and departure dates then click “check availability” for the preferred rate to populate.

Registration: Early registration is $200 until Wednesday, January 29th by 11:59 p.m., and price goes up to $250 starting from Thursday, January 30th. Registration deadline is Friday, February 7th at 11:59 p.m. This workshop is limited to 25 participants, and on-site registration will be unavailable on the day of the event.

Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by calling Ehsan Ghane at 517-353-4458 by Wednesday, January 22nd at 5 p.m. to ensure sufficient time to make arrangements. MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.

For workshop agenda with list of speakers, click on the Tentative Workshop Agenda link below.

Registration for Drainage Workshop 2020 is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on February 7, 2020.

There are no openings available.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For questions, contact Ehsan Ghane at 517-353-4458 or ghane@msu.edu