Thomas Biebighauser

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Thomas Biebighauser is a wildlife biologist and wetland ecologist. He mostly discussed wetland drainage. Draining wetlands began when farmers tried to create farm land on piedmont hillsides. However, the farmers would lose soils from the water running down the hillside, causing gulleys to form at the bottom. The drainage of these wetlands became critical for the harvesting of crops. People began to dig ditches because a ditch eliminates standing water and lowers the elevation of groundwater. Farmers dug a ditch at the top of the mountain, called a diversion, and a ditch at the base of the mountain, called a stream. Farmers that wanted to farm remotely flat land could also dig ditches to drain wetlands. For example, a technique used was called
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