The IADD supports and strives to maintain the integrity of Illinois Drainage Districts.

As one of the smallest forms of government, drainage districts have organized local groups of landowners;

successfully draining small watersheds over the years to harmonize with Mother Nature.

The Illinois Association of Drainage Districts (IADD) was formed in 1995 after the Illinois General Assembly attempted to remove some drainage-related decisions from local districts. While the measure failed in the veto session, the action proved a wake-up call for drainage district members. The original organizers of the IADD saw the need to provide support for maintaining the integrity of drainage districts in Illinois. The IADD prides itself in being a volunteer organization whose success revolves around honest, sincere, practical people dedicated to the promotion and protection of drainage in Illinois. The Association is governed by a board of nine directors, from across the state of Illinois, who also serve as their local district’s drainage commissioners.

IADD Board of Directors


Ronald Arends, President

Melvin, IL

P: 217-388-2293


Russell Buhr, VP

St. Joseph, IL

P:  217-694-4551

Don Duvall, Secretary

Carmi, IL

P: 618-968-2419


Steve Degler, Treasurer

Mattoon, IL

P:  217-234-7552

Earl John Coers, Director

Deer Grove, IL

P:  815-438-4272


Richard Lyons, Director

Harvel, IL

P:  217-229-4493

John Emerson, Director

Genoa, IL

P:  815-265-4603

David Haase, Director

Gilman, IL

P: 815-644-1547


Fred Smith, Director

Windsor, IL

P: 217-459-2324

James Ayers, Legal Counsel

Monticello, IL

P:  217-762-3661