Drainage and water level management are crucial processes in agriculture to minimize soil degradation and nutrient leaching. In the context of nutrient-rich organic soils in grasslands, the fluctuations in water level can damage the soil and can potentially cause emissions of greenhouse gasses (GHG). Managing the level of water in the soil can be beneficial to even out wet and dry periods, both helping the farmer’s productivity and soil quality.
The drainage activities are part of numerous other CCM scenarios by cleaning and restoring drainage diches and drainage systems with the aim to manage the groundwater level. The demonstration site No LVC305 differs from others in terms of drainage activities and is set up to measure the impact of controlled drainage of grassland considering even groundwater level during the whole vegetation period on GHG emissions and other environmental factors.
Project “Demonstration of climate change mitigation potential of nutrient rich organic soils in Baltic States and Finland” (LIFE OrgBalt, LIFE18 CCM/LV/001158) is implemented with financial support from the LIFE Programme of the European Union and State Regional Development Agency of the Republic of Latvia. www.orgbalt.eu
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