ASABE The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has revised its standard for the design of waterway diversions.

ASABE EP492.1 APR2014 Diversions is intended to guide engineers and technicians in the planning, design, layout, construction, and maintenance of diversions. Such constructions are used in agricultural, urban, and mining situations for a variety of purposes, such as runoff and erosion control, and crop-water management.

The newly published standard includes a title change-the previous document was titled Planning, Design and Construction of Diversions-as well as revisions to the definition, design specifications, normative references, and organization of information.

ASABE members with standards access and those with site-license privileges can access the full-text of the standard by electronic download in about two weeks. Location for the download is on the ASABE online Technical Library at: Others can obtain a copy for a fee directly from the library or by contacting ASABE headquarters at

ASABE is recognized worldwide as a standards developing organization for food, agricultural, and biological systems, with more than 250 standards currently in publication. Conformance to ASABE standards is voluntary, except where required by state, provincial, or other governmental requirements, and the documents are developed by consensus in accordance with procedures approved by the American National Standards Institute. For information on this or any other ASABE standard, contact Scott Cedarquist at 269-932-7031, A current listing of all ASABE standards projects can be found on the ASABE web site at

ASABE is an international scientific and educational organization dedicated to the advancement of engineering applicable to agricultural, food, and biological systems. Further information on the Society can be obtained by contacting ASABE at (269) 429-0300, emailing or visiting
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