APRIL, 2013 - The Nature Conservancy in Indiana is currently promoting 2-Stage Ditches throughout Indiana. The 2-Stage Ditch is a conservation practice that serves as a tool to reduce nutrient loads and sedimentation in ditches along with adding additional capacity and reducing the peak off of storm events. Utilizing current ditch infrastructure the 2-Stage Ditch modifies the current drain in order to increase its performance and extend its life expectancy by promoting a more stable system. Current funding through the IDEM Section 319 program is available through the end of 2013 to implement ½ mile 2-Stage Ditch projects. This funding provides 75% cost share not to exceed $20,000 for the implementation of ½ mile projects. Surveyors interested in this funding as well as more detailed information are encouraged to contact Kent Wamsley with The Nature Conservancy at 574-946-7491 or firstname.lastname@example.org, as the current funding available will address 6 projects.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. To date, the Conservancy and its more than one million members have been responsible for the protection of more than 119 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. In Indiana, the Conservancy has worked for 50 years at over 195 sites to protect more than 80,000 acres. Working from seven offices across the State, the Conservancy works with local communities on issues of vital interest, including the quality and quantity of Indiana’s freshwater. Visit us on the web at The Nature Conservancy - Indiana.
2013 County Surveyor's Association President
Congratulations to Zach Beasley for being elected the 2013 President for the Association. Zach has been serving as the Tippecanoe County Surveyor since 2010.
Changes for Road School 2014
There were also two very important decisions made during the 2013 Road School Event at Purdue University, regarding membership dues and moving the CSA all day AIC affiliate meeting to Thursday during Road School. Click here for additional information.
2013 Indiana Water Leadership Academy
Enroll now to improve your watershed management skills If you're interested in water quality and watersheds, consider applying for the 2013 Indiana Watershed Leadership Academy. The Academy, organized by Purdue University with support from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and other Indiana conservation agencies and organizations, gives participants the chance to:
- Engage in basic and advanced level watershed topics covering leadership principles, watershed science, organization and communication, technology and GIS, stakeholder involvement techniques and policy skills
- Meet, learn from, and build a network of peers
- Interact with topic experts
- Gain strategies, skills, and resources for successful watershed management
- Earn a Professional Certificate in Watershed Management
More information and Application Information can be found here
Indiana County Surveyor's Fundraising Events
The County Surveyor's Association of Indiana Cornhole Fundraiser was a great success and enjoyed by many across the state. Gary Kent's presentation on “Successful Section Corner Perpetuation” provided several good bits of information and led to several good questions from those attending. Following the presentation the Indiana County Surveyors Association hosted the cornhole tournament fundraiser.
To read more about the event and see photos, please visit the Fundraising Page
The Association would like to extend their gratitude to Julie Umbaugh and Meg Butcher for their time and effort spent planning and organizing this great event.
2013 President's Award
Congratulations to Jay Poe, Huntington County Surveyor, on receiving the President's Award at Purdue Road School in March.
Indiana Loses Surveyor
On August 11, 2012, Vigo County Surveyor Michael Sheehan passed away. Please see the following link to view just some of Michael's accomplishments and arrangements for his funeral proceedings.