Where Does All That Water Go?

On February 7, 2004, the answer to that question will be made. “The Drain Game; A Workshop on Drainage Education and Innovation” will take place at the Kendallville Banquet and Conference Center in Kendallville, Indiana. The day-long workshop will focus on what makes water drain off the earth surface, who is responsible for controlling the drainage, how landuse planning can reduce drainage, and innovative approaches to dealing with drainage and drainage conveyances.

Who should attend? Drainage issues touch the lives of everyone. Whether the farmer that installs field tiling to allow access to a field, or a homeowner concerned that his property will flood if proper drainage is not considered. Therefore the workshop is open to a variety of people—both elected and appointed decision makers; homeowners; agricultural producers; developers and homebuilders; and anyone else interested in learning how drainage plays a part in the condition of our aquatic habitat and water quality.

The Planning Committee for this conference has included the Wood-Land-Lakes R.C.&D., the St. Joseph River Watershed Initiative, the DeKalb County Soil and Water Conservation District, the St. Joseph River Basin Commission, and the Hoosier Environmental Council. In addition, several county surveyors, the Nature Conservancy, the Izaak Walton League and the City of Fort Wayne have all contributed ideas for possible speakers and topics.

Early registration for the workshop is only $20.00. After January 21, and at-the-door registration will be $25.00. The cost includes handouts, breaks and a lunch. Attendees are encouraged to register in advance to insure adequate food and handouts. Registration forms can be obtained at the Wood-Land-Lakes RC&D website or by contacting the RC&D office at 260-665-3211, ext. 5.

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