Farm and Ranch Infrastructure Program and the Farm Stewardship Program
Farm dugouts on the Prairies have been used as small, water storage reservoirs for many years. In areas where groundwater is either unavailable or of very poor quality, impounding surface runoff is often the only means of ensuring a continuous water supply. Dugouts capture the temporary surface water that occurs during snowmelt in the spring. Water may also be collected as runoff from summer rains, but is typically of very low quality. To maintain the reliability of supply, storage capacity must be sufficient to compensate for years of insufficient runoff, summer loses due to evaporation, and winter loses due to ice formation.
Back in the early years, our federal government helped establish design standards for dugouts to make them a more viable source of water.
Today, there are programs available to continue to improve farm dugouts.
Eligible projects include: New Dugouts, Test Holes, Engineering or Consulting and Dugout Expansions (Dugout expansions must increase by 1/3).
For more information on what programs are available for a new dugout or an expansion of your existing dugout, give us a call at 306.745.9774.