Story: Irrigation and drainage

Graded banks

Graded banks

One way of managing runoff on hill slopes is to put in graded banks that lead water away from gullies and other areas where water usually accumulates and forms wetlands. They can also reduce soil erosion. Graded banks are formed by ploughing a deep furrow on a slight gradient around a hill slope.

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Reference: AANR 6329 41 K9,346

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Terry Heiler, 'Irrigation and drainage - Drainage', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/19648/graded-banks (accessed 23 September 2019)

Story by Terry Heiler, published 24 Nov 2008