Digging into Drainage, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 Champaign, IL, December 19, 2012 — Properly managing a drainage system that embraces new technology, provides good drainage for landowners, preserves natural resources, and stays within the legal parameters of the drainage law and government regulation can make anyone feel like they are on a classified mission.  The IADD Annual Conference, January 17-18, is designed to equip drainage commissioners, landowners, and drainage professionals with continuing education and confidence to face any drainage challenge.

The annual conference, held at the Round Barn Banquet Center-Champaign, is the only event across the state of Illinois that focuses on providing continuing education for drainage commissioners and professionals.

 The conference will begin Thursday afternoon with a variety of speakers discussing such topics as the Open Meetings Act, Freedom of Information Act and Culvert Rehab.  Friday promises to be a busy day, presenters will provide insightful information on the technical and legal aspects involved in maintaining drainage districts. Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Illinois EPA will present timely information on state and federal regulations.  Conference attendees will benefit from sessions highlighting proper maintenance of drainage districts’ structures, how to tackle a large construction project, and insightful information of funding projects. A complete conference agenda is located on the IADD website, www.iadd.info.

Sponsors for the event include Agri Drain Corp. of Adair-IA, InterTrade Service Corp. of Forsyth, Bliss McKnight, Inc. of Bloomington, Franzen Construction Group, LLC of Urbana, Illinois Farm Bureau of Bloomington, Berns, Clancy, and Associates of Urbana, CPI Supply of Marshall, Hancor, Inc of Pana, Metal Culverts of Jefferson-MO, Snap-Tite Culvert Rehab of Louisville-Ky.

The cost of registration is $60 for IADD members and $70 for non-members. A $10 late registration applies after January 10. Registration cost includes materials and meals scheduled during the conference.  Anyone planning to register at the door is asked to R.S.V.P. by registering online, www.iadd.info or call State Office at 217-763-6300.

The 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.  Original organizers of IADD saw the need to provide support for and to maintain the integrity of Illinois drainage districts.  Presently the IADD represents 1,736 drainage districts in Illinois for a total of 1.18 million acres of farmland in the state.

 

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Interview Contacts:

Cheryl Day, Executive Director       Cerro Gordo, IL    217-763-6300

Ron Arends, President                      Melvin, IL            217-388-2293

Steve Degler, Treasurer                    Mattoon, IL           217-234-7552

Earl John Coers, Vice-President      Deer Grove, IL      815-438-4272

Roger Steimel, Director                   DeKalb, IL            815-756-5092

Don Duvall, Secretary                     Carmi, IL              618-968-2419

 

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