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Controlling water through the years: Drainage system benefits evolve

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Discussions of drainage systems are regularly associated with high water levels and flooding - but that wasn't always the case.

The ditch system in Otter Tail County was created in the early 1900s to rid farmlands of soggy conditions.


Ditches have evolved into a system that now regulates flow between lakes. They serve as outlets for lakes, which gives water a place to go when levels rise too high.

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