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Regional Planning Meetings

Updates

The IFA is in the process of scheduling Regional Planning Meetings for 2021 throughout the state, and helping these regional planning groups to form. Some are already formed or in the process. Some regional planning meetings are being held in conjunction with utility associations’ meetings (e.g., the Alliance, IN AWWA, and IWEA) since utilities are already attending these meetings. Utilities may attend a regional planning meeting that is not specific to their location, but the intention is that they eventually do so to interact with their own neighbors.

Please see map or below text for a list of upcoming meetings and contact information for regions that are already formed.

  • April 15, 2021, as part of the Indiana AWWA Annual Meeting
  • May 20, 2021, as part of the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water’s Spring Conference
  • May 25, 2021, as part of the Central Indiana Drinking Water Collaborative. Contact Debbie Frey for more information (DFrye@citizensenergygroup.com)
  • June 29, 2021, hosted by the Patoka Lake Regional Water and Sewer District.
  • August 9, 2021, as part of the White River Alliance’s 2021 Indiana Water Summit.
  • August 25, 2021, 10:45am, in-person, as part of the Indiana Water Environment Association's Annual Conference, Grand Wayne Conference Center, Fort Wayne Indiana.
  • September 23, 2021, in-person in Fort Wayne, as part of the Indiana AWWA NE District’s Fall Meeting, the meeting is intended for: Elkhart, LaGrange, Steuben, Kosciusko, Noble, DeKalb, Whitley, Allen, Adams but open to all who are interested.  Agenda.
  • September 24, 2021, virtual, as part  of the Indiana AWWA NW District’s Fall Meeting, the meeting is intended for: Lake, Porter, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Newton, Jasper, Starke, Marshall, Pulaski, Fulton, White open to all who are interested.  Agenda.
  • October 21, 2021, in-person in Fort Wayne, as part of the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water’s Fall Conference, the meeting is intended for: Elkhart, LaGrange, Steuben, Kosciusko, Noble, DeKalb, Whitely, Allen, Adams but open to all who are interested.  Agenda.
  • October 27, 2021, in-person in Brown County, from 1:00 - 2:00pm local time at the Salt Creek Golf Retreat (2359 State Road 46 East, Nashville, IN 47448). There is no cost to attend. The IFA has applied to IDEM for 1 CEU for operators. The meeting is intended for: Brown, Owen, Monroe, Green, Daviess, Martin, Lawrence but open to all who are interested. REGISTER HERE Agenda.
  • October 28, 2021, in-person in Dearborn County, from 1:00 - 2:00pm local time at the Greendale Cabin (500 Ridge Ave. Greendale, IN 47025).  There is no cost to attend. The IFA has applied to IDEM for 1 CEU for operators. The meeting is intended for: Switzerland, Ohio, Dearborn, Ripley, Franklin, but open to all who are interested. REGISTER HERE.  Agenda.
  • October 29, 2021, in-person in Bartholomew County, from 10:00 - 11:00am local time at the Hilton Garden Inn (12210 N Executive Drive, Edinburgh, IN 46124). The IFA has applied to IDEM for 1 CEU for operators. The meeting is intended for: Bartholomew, Decatur, Rush, Henry, Johnson, Shelby but open to all who are interested.  REGISTER HERE.  Agenda.
  • November 10, 2021, in-person in Tippecanoe County, from 2:00-3:00pm local time at the Gathering Acres Event Center (5074 East 550 South, Lafayette, IN 47909). The IFA has applied to IDEM for 1 CEU for operators. The meeting is intended for Tippecanoe, Montgomery, Parke, Vermillion, Fountain, Warren, Benton, White, Carroll, Cass, Howard, Tipton, and Clinton Counties, but open to all who are interested. REGISTER HERE. Agenda.
  • November 17, 2021, in-person in Putnam County, from 2:00-3:00pm local time at the Reelsville Volunteer Fire Department (7748 S County Rd 625 W, Reelsville, IN 46171). The IFA has applied to IDEM for 1 CEU for operators. The meeting is intended for: Putnam, Clay, Vigo, and Sullivan Counties but open to all who are interested. REGISTER HERE. Agenda.
  • November 29, 2021, in-person in Grant County. The IFA has applied to IDEM for 1 CEU for operators. The meeting is intended for Grant, Miami, Wabash, Huntington, Wells, Adams, Jay, Blackford, Delaware, Randolph, Henry, Wayne, Fayette, and Union Counties, but open to all who are interested. REGISTER HERE. Agenda.
  • December 6-8, 2021 (final date/time TBD), in-person as part of the IN AWWA Water Institute at the French Lick Resort (8670 West State Road 56, French Lick, IN 47432). The meeting is intended for the Gibson, Pike, Dubois, Orange, Crawford, Perry, Spencer, Warrick, Vanderburgh, and Posey Counties but open to all who are interested. Registration is required. REGISTER HERE. Agenda coming soon.

As more meetings are scheduled, they will be added here. If you would like to host one, please contact Sarah Hudson at sahudson@ifa.in.gov.

The IFA will regularly update the list of utilities who have attended an IFA Regional Planning Meeting, Click here to view the list.

Background and Overview

In 2018, the State convened the Water Infrastructure Task Force (“Task Force”) to study drinking water and wastewater utility needs and best practices in Indiana. One recommendation of the Task Force was for the State to assist utilities with long term planning by establishing Water Infrastructure Study Areas for the purpose of studying supply and demand, drought preparedness, infrastructure needs, and opportunities for utility collaboration within a region.

As a result of these recommendations, the 2019 Indiana General Assembly enacted Senate Enrolled Act 4.  (“SEA 4”) requiring the IFA to conduct regional meetings throughout the state to enable drinking water and wastewater utilities to work together to address long term needs. SEA 4 also requires drinking water and wastewater utilities to report their participation in the meetings to the IFA. 

Starting in 2020, the IFA will host annual, regional meetings throughout the state for the purpose of regional, long-term planning. During these meetings, drinking water and wastewater utilities and other interested parties can, for example, identify regional drinking water and wastewater priorities, discuss topics of regional interest, and investigate avenues of possible collaboration. For the purpose of these meetings, “regional, long-term planning” is defined as a group of localized utilities working together to describe and address future needs. The IFA’s goal in conducting these meetings is to help organize utility-led planning groups that focus on regional, long-term issues.

Many utilities are already participating in regional planning via formal or informal arrangements. If your utility already participates in a utility-led, regional planning group, please let us know. We do not want to “recreate the wheel”; rather we would like to partner with you and help bolster your efforts. Your utility can meet the SEA 4 requirement if the IFA participates in an existing utility-led regional planning meeting that your utility attends.

The legislation requires utilities to attend an IFA regional planning meeting every year and report their participation by March 1.  Please note participation in an IFA regional planning meeting is required to be eligible for State-supported financial resources.

Documents and Links

Indiana Regional Meetings Legislative Report for 2020, October 2021

2018 Water Infrastructure Task Force Final Report, November 2018

IFA Regional Planning Meetings Kick-off Letter to Utilities, December 6, 2019

June 29, 2021 Southwest Region Meeting Agenda

Contacts
Sarah Hudson
Director, Water Resources and Infrastructure Planning Program
317-232-2812
sahudson@ifa.in.gov

Eric Peterson
Project Manager, Water Resources and Infrastructure Planning Program
317-233-7333
epeterson@ifa.in.gov

Program Mailing Address:
100 North Senate Avenue, Rm. 1275
Indianapolis, IN 46204
317-234-1338 (fax)

Joanie Jones
Administrative Assistant, 
317-234-1279
joajones@ifa.in.gov