2020 Tile Drainage Design and Water Management Workshop for Contractors and Farmers Installing Tile


Extension Jefferson County, 864 Collins Road, Jefferson, WI


Thursday, February 27, 2020

  • 7:30 Check-in and Exhibits
  • 8:00 Welcome, Introductions & Announcements Kevin Erb, UW Madison Division-Extension
  • 8:15 First Things First: Considerations Before You Begin a Tiling Project John Panuska, UW Madison Dept. of BioSystems Engineering; Richard Cooke, University of Illinois
  • 8:45 Design Session 1: Surveying Basics, Calculating Slopes, Understanding Soils Richard Cooke & John Panuska
  • 10:00 Break
  • 10:15 Design Session 1 (continued)
  • 10:45 Design Session 2: Drainage Co-efficient, lateral spacing Richard Cooke & John Panuska
  • Noon Lunch / Exhibits
  • 12:45 Drainage Law: What You Need to Know Before You Install Atty. Larry Konopacki, Stafford Rosenbaum LL
  • 1:15 Drainage Permits / Regulations Jeremy Ziegler, USDA-NRCS Soil Scientist; Eric Cooley, Discovery Farms
  • 1:45 State Specific Breakouts * Wisconsin- James Brodzeller, WDNR & Barton Chapman, WI DATCP * Illinois- Ryan Arch, IL LICA & Don Wauthier, Berns, Clancy and Associates, P.C.
  • 2:30 Break / Exhibits
  • 2:45 Regulatory Wrap-up
  • 3:00 Be Safe When you Tile Cheryl Skjolaas, UW Madison Division- Extension
  • 3:30 Sizing Mains / System Layout (hands-on) Richard Cooke & John Panuska
  • 5:00 Wrap-up / Exhibits
  • 5:15 Optional Q&A with experienced tilers

Friday, February 28, 2020

  • 7:30 Check-in and Exhibits
  • 7:55 Announcements Kevin Erb
  • 8:00 Tiles, Nutrients and Water Quality Eric Cooley
  • 8:30 Drainage Outlets and Ditches Richard Cooke
  • 9:00 Lift Stations Tom Scherer, North Dakota State University
  • 10:00 Break
  • 10:15 Introduction to Conservation Drainage Richard Cooke
  • 10:45 Hands on Design Team Project Richard Cooke, John Panuska, Brady Wrezinski, Prinsco, TBA Wisconsin Tubing & Mark Wieland, Timewell
  • Noon Lunch
  • 12:45 Hands on Design Team Project (continued)
  • 2:00 Break
  • 2:15 Student Design Presentation / Discussion 3:15 Evaluation and Feedback Kevin Erb
  • 3:30 Adjourn

If possible, bring a Windows-based laptop or tablet (with USB connection) for use during the training.



Larry Konopacki is an attorney with Stafford Rosenbaum LLP. His practice focuses on issues related to environmental law, natural resources, agriculture, administrative law, government affairs, local governments, energy and other utilities, and other various regulatory matters. Larry worked as an attorney for more than a decade with the Wisconsin Legislative Council, which provides nonpartisan legal services to the Wisconsin State Legislature. In that capacity, Larry was closely involved in developing legislation on a wide range of topics, including numerous initiatives related to all of his primary practice focus areas. Larry has been the instructor of a class at UW Madison on agricultural business law for more than ten years.

John Panuska is a P.E., and Distinguished Faculty Associate in the UW Madison BioSystems Engineering Department. In addition to teaching land surveying and senior design, he conducts Extension programming on drainage system effectiveness, design and impacts on water quality.

Richard Cooke is a Professor and Drainage Extension Specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois. He teaches courses in Drainage and Water Management, Land and Water Management Systems, Drain-age Design and Layout, and Nonpoint Source Pollution Processes. Richard has developed computer software for analyzing yield maps from paired drainage systems, drainage system design and layout, and the design of subsurface bioreactors. His current research focus is on the development and evaluation of drainage-related best management practices for improving water quality.

Eric Cooley is Co-Director of Wisconsin’s Discovery Farms program, coordinating the program’s drainage tile and water quality research efforts. Cooley’s research focus includes how quickly drain tile responds to precipitation and snow-melt and how cropping systems, manure application and management impact tile water volume and quality.


  • $200/person postmarked before or on February 24; If registered by early deadline, a $25 per person discount for the second or additional people from the same firm, on same registration form, included on same payment will be accepted.
  • $225/person on or after February 25

No refunds will be offered for this program. 

Event Date(s)
Event Fee
864 Collins Road, Jefferson, WI