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Illinois Association of Drainage Districts to hold annual conference     Send a link to a friend

Kickoff to 10th anniversary begins Jan. 20

[JAN. 3, 2005]  CHAMPAIGN-URBANA -- The Illinois Association of Drainage Districts will host its 2005 conference, "Digging Into Drainage," Jan. 20-21 at the Holiday Inn in Champaign-Urbana.

The annual conference, the only event across the state of Illinois that brings drainage commissioners and landowners together with professionals to share information and ideas, will also kick off the celebration of the association's 10th anniversary.

"From learning how to make an impact at the Capitol building to communicating information on drainage issues, the IADD has become a very positive voice in expressing drainage and local control issues," says Dave Haskell, the first administrative coordinator for the association.

The conference will begin in the afternoon Jan. 20 with a variety of speakers highlighting such topics as "Tile Selection" and "Drainage Research." Friday promises to be a busy day, including the annual business meeting and speakers focusing on some of the legal aspects involved in maintaining drainage districts.

Sponsors for the event include InterTrade Service Corp. of Forsyth, Bliss McKnight of Illinois Inc. of Bloomington, Agri Drain Corp. of Adair, Iowa, Franzen Construction Inc. of Urbana, Dietz Drainage Inc. of Walnut and Hancor Inc. of Pana.

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The cost of registration is $40 for members of the Illinois Association of Drainage Districts and $50 for nonmembers. Registration cost includes materials and meals scheduled during the conference. A special reduced rate of $25 is available for spouses who would like to join for meals only. Please make checks payable to IADD and return with completed registration form to the state office of the IADD, P.O. Box 44, Cerro Gordo, IL 61818. Pre-conference registration will close on Jan. 15. Anyone planning to register at the door is asked to R.S.V.P. by phone, (217) 763-6300; fax, (217) 763-6010; or e-mail,

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 to be a wake-up call for drainage district members. Original organizers of the association saw the need to provide support for and to maintain the integrity of Illinois drainage districts. Presently the association represents 1,736 drainage districts in Illinois for a total of 1.18 million acres of farmland in the state.

[Illinois Association of Drainage Districts news release]

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