Please click on images to Enlarge view of ditches draining prairie areas.
Allowing water to naturally stand and slowly soak in the right way to manage stormwater. Ditches through prairie soil actually dry out that soil and defeat one of its prime purposes, slowing runoff downstream and thus limiting flooding. People see sheets of shallow water and want it drained. But that is totally backward if preventing flood damage is the goal. Keep the water where it falls.