'Digging into Drainage' conference Jan. 17-18
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[January 03, 2013]
CHAMPAIGN -- 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 Jan. 17-18 annual conference of the Illinois
Association of Drainage Districts is designed to equip drainage
commissioners, landowners and drainage professionals with continuing
education and confidence to face any drainage challenge.
The annual conference, meeting at the Round Barn Banquet Centre,
Champaign, is the only event across the state of Illinois that
focuses on providing continuing education for drainage commissioners
The conference will begin Jan. 17, a Thursday afternoon, with a
variety of speakers discussing such topics as the Open Meetings Act,
Freedom of Information Act and culvert rehab. Friday, Jan. 18,
promises to be a busy day as 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 Environmental Protection Agency 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 on funding projects.
A complete conference agenda is available on the IADD website,
Sponsors for the event are Agri Drain Corp. of Adair, Iowa;
InterTrade Service Corp. of Forsyth; Bliss McKnight of Bloomington; Franzen
Construction Group of Urbana; Illinois Farm Bureau of Bloomington;
Berns, Clancy and Associates of Urbana; CPI Supply of Marshall; Hancor of Pana; Metal Culverts of
Jefferson City, Mo.; and Snap-Tite Culvert Rehab of Louisville, Ky.
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The cost of registration is $60 for IADD members and $70 for
nonmembers. A $10 late registration applies after Jan. 10. Registration cost
includes materials and meals scheduled during the conference. Anyone
planning to register at the door is asked to RSVP by registering
online at www.iadd.info, or call the state office at 217-763-6300.
The Illinois Association of Drainage Districts 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.
[Text from file received from the Illinois
Association of Drainage Districts]