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2022 Indiana Regional Water Utility Planning Areas (1-17)

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List of 2022 Regional Planning Meetings:

  1. Northwest Region
    1. A fall meeting is being planned (Sept/Oct/Nov), please check back
  2. Wabash/Wildcat Region
    1. November 16, 2022, Wednesday, 1:00-2:30pm local time
    2. Logansport Ivy Tech Community College, 1 Ivy Tech Drive, Logansport, IN 46974
    3. Room Number:  Logan1 150
    4. Draft Agenda
    5. There is no cost to attend but registration is appreciated. Register here.
  3. Little Vermillion Region
    1. August 10, 2022, Wednesday, 10:40-11:45am & 1:20-2:30pm
    2. Miami County Fairgrounds, 1029 West 200 North, Peru IN 46978
    3. This meeting occurs during the IN AWWA Operator Book Camp
    4. Attendees need to only go to one of the two time slots available
    5. Draft Agenda
    6. There is no cost to attend if only attending a regional meeting, but registration is appreciated. Register here.
  4. Central Indiana Wastewater Operators Association Region
    1. Contact: cioasecretary@hotmail.com
    2. This group holds quarterly meetings.
  5. Central Indiana Drinking Water Collaborative Region
    1. This group holds quarterly meetings.
    2. Contact: Debbie Frye, Citizens Energy Group, email:  DFrye@citizensenergygroup.com
  6. Southwest Central Region
    1. April 19, 2022, meeting Agenda  
    2. August 30, 2022, Tuesday, 1:00-3:00pm local time, Sullivan Civic Center (344 N. Main St. Sullivan, IN 47882).  Register Here. Agenda
    3. TBD Oct/Nov/Dec 2022 – Cordry Sweetwater Conservancy District (“CSCD”), Nineveh, Brown County
    4. TBD Jan/Feb/Mar 2023 – City of Bloomington, Monroe County
    5. TBD April/May/June 2023 – BBP Water, Spencer, Owen County
  7. US 50 Region
    1. September 13, 2022, Tuesday, 10:00-11:00am local time
    2. Stoll’s Lakeview Restaurant, 15519 US Hwy 231, Loogootee, IN 47553
    3. Draft Agenda
    4. There is no cost to attend but registration is appreciated.  Register here.
  8. Southwest Region
    1. September 15, 2022, Thursday, 9:30-11:00am local time
    2. Lou Dennis Community Park, 402 Park Drive, Newburgh, IN 47630
    3. Draft Agenda
    4. There is no cost to attend but registration is appreciated. Register here.
    5. December 7, 2022, Wednesday, 1:00pm (local Time) in French Lick as part of IN AWWA Water Institute
    6. March 2023 in French Lick as part of the Alliance Spring Conference, March 15-16, 2023
  9. North Central Region
    1. A fall meeting is being planned (Sept/Oct/Nov), please check back
  10. Northeast Region
    1. September 29, 2022, Thursday, 1:00-2:00pm local time
    2. Ligonier City Hall, 301 S. Calvin Street, Ligonier IN 46767
    3. Draft Agenda
    4. There is no cost to attend but registration is appreciated. Register here.
  11. Upper Wabash Region
    1. August 10, 2022, Wednesday, 10:40-11:45am & 1:20-2:30pm
    2. Miami County Fairgrounds, 1029 West 200 North, Peru IN 46978
    3. This meeting occurs during the IN AWWA Operator Book Camp
    4. Attendees need to only go to one of the two time slots available
    5. Draft Agenda
    6. There is no cost to attend if only attending a regional meeting, but registration is appreciated. Register here.
  12. Whitewater Region
    1. April 6, 2022, meeting Agenda
    2. September 14, 2022, Wednesday, 10:00-11:00am
      • Lewisville Town Hall, 101 E Main St, Lewisville, IN 47352
      • Draft Agenda
      • There is no cost to attend but registration is appreciated. Register here.
  13. Southeast Central Region
    1. June 21, 2022, Tuesday, 10:00-11:00am
    2. Edinburgh Park & Rec Center, 722 S. Eisenhower Dr. Edinburgh, IN 46124
    3. Draft Agenda
    4. There is no cost to attend but registration is appreciated. Register here.
  14. Southern Indiana Wastewater Operators Association Region
    1. This group holds quarterly meetings
    2. Contact: sioaofficer@gmail.com
  15. Ohio Valley Region
    1. August 11, 2022, Thursday, 1:00-2:00pm local time
    2. Schilling Center, 900 Mill St. Brookville IN 47012
    3. Draft Agenda
    4. There is no cost to attend but registration is appreciated. Register here.
  16. Muscatatuck Region
    1. January 2023, please check back
    2. Jennings County Public Library, 2375 IN-3, North Vernon, IN 47265
  17. Southern Indiana Water Professionals Association Region
    1. This group holds quarterly meetings. Contact: Scott Ham, Silver Creek Water Corporation, Telephone: 812-246-2889

The list of utilities who have attended an IFA Regional Planning Meeting is available here. Click here to view the list.

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.

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

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