Course code HidZ4010

Credit points 2

Soil and Water Conservation IV

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes16

Independent study hours48

Date of course confirmation20.02.2013

Responsible UnitDepartment of Environmental Engineering and Water Management

Course developer

author Vides un ūdenssaimniecības katedra

Artūrs Veinbergs

Ph.D.

Course abstract

Tasks and importance of maintenance and proper management of land reclamation systems in agriculture. Ownership rights and duties concerning agricultural drainage systems. Measurements and observations for evaluation and control of the drainage performance. Operational problems of main drains, open channels and subsurface drainage and hydro technical structures. Monitoring and evaluating performance of drainage. Maintenance of polders and irrigation systems. Legislation in Latvia concerning land drainage and water management. Cadastre of land drainage systems.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After studying the course, the student:
• knows the legislation governing the maintenance of drainage systems and the current methods and techniques for maintaining the drainage systems and protecting the environment;
• knows how to choose appropriate solutions according to local conditions in order to ensure the functionality of the existing drainage systems, regulate the humidity regime and improve the quality of the environment;

• able to identify the causes and potential of an unfavorable moisture regime and design constructive measures that balance economic interests and environmental protection requirements.

Course Content(Calendar)

Full time intramural studies:
1. Introduction to the study course, scope, learning conditions, course content, legislation and standards of land reclamation - lecture (2 hours);
2. The ameliorative conditions and its assessment, moisture conditions, cultivation obstacles, investigation of the soil texture and the hydraulic conductivity - lecture. (2h);
3. Solving the local overwetting conditions of drained area, reconstruction of the drainage system – practical work (4 hours);
4. Controlled drainage - lecture (2 hours);
5. Design of controlled drainage in topographical plan and longitudinal profile - practical work (4 hours);
6. Maintenance and renovation practice of the ditch, related tasks, aspects of environmental protection - lecture. (2 hours);
7. Geodetic surveys to be carried out for the ditch renovation, vegetation to be removed, and restoration of geodetic marks - practical work (2 hours);
8. Rebuilding of culvert - lecture. (2 hours);
9. Renovation of streambed protection structures, collector outlets, design of surface runoff trays, culverts - practical work (2 hours);
10. Bottom dams and sedimentation ponds - lecture (2 hours);
11. Design of sedimentation ponds - practical work (4 hours);
12. Design of bottom dams - practical work (2 hours);
13. Defense of practical works and knowledge test (2 h).

Part time extramural studies:
1. Introduction to the study course, scope, learning conditions, course content, legislation and standards of land reclamation - lecture (1 hours);
2. The ameliorative conditions and its assessment, moisture conditions, cultivation obstacles, investigation of the soil texture and the hydraulic conductivity – individual work (0h);
3. Solving the local overwetting conditions of drained area, reconstruction of the drainage system – practical work (2 hours);
4. Controlled drainage - individual work (0 hours);
5. Design of controlled drainage in topographical plan and longitudinal profile - practical work (2 hours);
6. Maintenance and renovation practice of the ditch, related tasks, aspects of environmental protection - lecture. (2 hours);
7. Geodetic surveys to be carried out for the ditch renovation, vegetation to be removed, and restoration of geodetic marks - individual work (0 hours);
8. Rebuilding of culvert - individual work (0 hours);
9. Renovation of streambed protection structures, collector outlets, design of surface runoff trays, culverts - practical work (2 hours);
10. Bottom dams and sedimentation ponds - individual work (0 hours);
11. Design of sedimentation ponds - practical work (3 hours);
12. Design of bottom dams - practical work (2 hours);

13. Defense of practical works and knowledge test (2 h).

Requirements for awarding credit points

Formal test with a grade in a system of a 10-point scale.
The practical works should be developed and defended successfully.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Calculations technical drawings and schemes started during practical works should develop and finish, a description and explanation of the results must be created.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

The developed practical works are evaluated with the grade. The 8 poinst can be received at the maximum after the lecturer specified practical works are developed and defended sucsesfully. In addition, two points can be obtained in the knowledge test, as well as by developing additional works, in agreement with the lecturer. The final assessment consists of the sum of the assessment obtained in the practical tasks and the knowledge test.

Compulsory reading

1. MK Nr.329. (Rīgā 2015.gada 30.jūnijā). Noteikumi par Latvijas būvnormatīvu LBN 224-15. Meliorācijas sistēmas un hidrotehniskās būves. Latvijas Vēstnesis Rīgā 2015.gada 30.jūnijā (prot. Nr.30 47.§)., [skatīts 28.03.2022.]. Pieejams: https://likumi.lv/ta/id/274993-noteikumi-par-latvijas-buvnormativu-lbn-224-15-melioracijas-sistemas-un-hidrotehniskas-buves-
2. MK Nr. 128 (Rīgā 2019. gada 26. martā). Meliorācijas kadastra noteikumi. [skatīts 28.03.2022.]. Pieejams: https://likumi.lv/ta/id/305845-melioracijas-kadastra-noteikumi
3. Uzņēmumu tehniskie noteikumi – nozares standarti „Meliorācijas sistēmas” [skatīts 28.03.2022.]. Pieejams: https://www.zmni.lv/nozares-standarts/
4. MK Nr. 600 (Rīgā 2014.gada 30.septembrī). Kārtība, kādā piešķir valsts un Eiropas Savienības atbalstu atklātu projektu konkursu veidā pasākumam "Ieguldījumi materiālajos aktīvos". [skatīts 28.03.2022.]. Pieejams: https://likumi.lv/ta/id/269868-kartiba-kada-pieskir-valsts-un-eiropas-savienibas-atbalstu-atklatu-projektu-konkursu-veida-pasakumam-ieguldijumi-materialajos

Further reading

1. MK Nr. 714 (Rīgā 2010.gada 3.augustā). [skatīts 28.03.2022.]. Meliorācijas sistēmas ekspluatācijas un uzturēšanas noteikumi. Pieejams:
https://likumi.lv/ta/id/214609-melioracijas-sistemas-ekspluatacijas-un-uzturesanas-noteikumi
2. Nr. 550 (Rīgā 2014.gada 16.septembrī). Hidrotehnisko un meliorācijas būvju būvnoteikumi. [skatīts 28.03.2022.]. Pieejams: https://likumi.lv/ta/id/269168-hidrotehnisko-un-melioracijas-buvju-buvnoteikumi
3. MK Nr.306 (Rīgā 2012.gada 2.maijā). Noteikumi par ekspluatācijas aizsargjoslas ap meliorācijas būvēm un ierīcēm noteikšanas metodiku lauksaimniecībā izmantojamās zemēs un meža zemēs. [skatīts 28.03.2022.]. Pieejams: https://likumi.lv/ta/id/247347-noteikumi-par-ekspluatacijas-aizsargjoslas-ap-melioracijas-buvem-un-iericem-noteiksanas-metodiku-lauksaimnieciba-izmantojamas-z...
4. MK Nr.406 (Rīgā 2008.gada 3.jūnijā). Virszemes ūdensobjektu aizsargjoslu noteikšanas metodika. [skatīts 28.03.2022.]. Pieejams: https://likumi.lv/ta/id/176636-virszemes-udensobjektu-aizsargjoslu-noteiksanas-metodika
5. MK Nr. 475 (Rīgā 2006.gada 13.jūnijā). Virszemes ūdensobjektu un ostu akvatoriju tīrīšanas un padziļināšanas kārtība. [skatīts 28.03.2022.]. Pieejams: https://likumi.lv/ta/id/138363-virszemes-udensobjektu-un-ostu-akvatoriju-tirisanas-un-padzilinasanas-kartiba

6. MK Nr.281 (Rīgā 2012.gada 24.aprīlī). Augstas detalizācijas topogrāfiskās informācijas un tās centrālās datubāzes noteikumi. [skatīts 28.03.2022.]. Pieejams: https://likumi.lv/ta/id/246998-augstas-detalizacijas-topografiskas-informacijas-un-tas-centralas-datubazes-noteikumi

Periodicals and other sources

1. SaimnieksLV. Lauksaimniecības nozares komercžurnālsRīga: TEE BIO, 2004- ISSN 1691-1598.
2. AgroTops. Rīga: Aģentūra Agro apgāds. ISSN 1407-5164.

Notes

The course is compulsory for Full time intramural and part time extramural studies of the study programme "Environment and Water Management"