Young Agrarians Water Use & Drainage Manual

Posted by Darcy Smith on November 25, 2019

The Young Agrarians Water Use & Drainage Manual for Landowners and Farmers in Metro Vancouver is intended to support landowners and farmers to assess and improve drainage and irrigation for planning and implementation purposes. The goal of this resource is to help you objectively decide, from an irrigation and drainage perspective, if your land can support a farming operation, and help farmers determine if there are ways to improve irrigation and drainage on the land through shifts in farming practices. 

Download the manual here: YA Water Use and Drainage Manual 1.0.pdf

The YA Water Use & Drainage Manual features everything from technical explanations of irrigation and drainage, to flowcharts helping you identify potential issues on your land and solutions to common problems, to how to calculate how much water you have available for irrigation, to case stories of how farmers and farmland owners are approaching irrigation and drainage challenges on their land. The guide is focused on Metro Vancouver, though many of the irrigation and drainage principles will be applicable to diverse regions in B.C.

Let us know if you have any questions or feedback!

If you are looking for land to farm, or you have land you’d like to lease to a farmer, please check out the B.C. Land Matching Program and reach out to

The Water Use & Drainage Manual was a collaboration with the Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC), and was funded by Vancity and the Vancouver Foundation. Thank you so much for your support!


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