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Dear Members and Friends of the IWRA:

I'm pleased to announce that despite the dire rumors of the dreaded deer ticks' intentions to crash the 2001 Spring Conference and Fieldtrip, not a single IWRA member has been lost to Lyme disease (well, at least as far I've heard). Now it's time to mark your calendar for the Fall Meeting. It will be held on November 9 on the northwest side of Indianapolis at the Clarion Inn, 7001 Corporate Drive. The hotel can be reached from the I-465 and 71st Street intersection by traveling east on 71st St., then turning south on Corporate Drive (the first stop light), and then east into the hotel parking lot. The topic will be, "Our Water Resources and the Demand for Energy." All members and friends are encouraged to attend the morning business meeting where IWRA officers will be elected for 2002. Nominations include: Jack Wittman, WHPA Inc., for President; Tracy Branam, Indiana Geological Survey, for President-Elect; Glendon Williams, HNTB Corp., for Secretary; and Kathleen Fowler, U.S. Geological Survey, for Treasurer. After the business meeting we'll break for lunch. Then we'll hear from IDEM's George Oliver about the role of Indiana's water resources in relation to new power production facilities. We'll end the meeting with a tour of a peaking plant. The topic seems fairly timely considering the energy-shortfall experienced this past summer in California and other locations throughout the country. The Fall Meeting agenda and location details are listed at the bottom of this letter.

One of the main goals of the IWRA is to promote communication within our organization, and communication between the IWRA and public and private groups interested in Indiana's water resources. With that goal in mind, in the spring of 2002 we are planning to post on the IWRA web page selected information about our members and friends. If you received this announcement by US mail, then the IWRA considers you a member or friend. We plan to post the following information: your name, company name, and business telephone number. If you do not want your name and information posted on our web page, you may indicate your decision on the 2002 IWRA membership form that will be mailed during January of 2002.

Before closing, I want to express my gratitude to the many individuals who assisted in planning the Spring Conference and Fieldtrip at French Lick. The meeting could not have happened without the help of Rosy Hansell of the Marion County Health Department, and Dave Nance of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. A special word of thanks goes to Tracy Branam of the Indiana Geological Survey, who headed up the fieldtrip. Also, thanks to Ken Luther and others who took photos at the conference. Ken has posted many of those shots on the IWRA home page:

I look forward to seeing you at the Fall Meeting!

Don Arvin
IWRA President

Fall Meeting Agenda, Friday, November 9, 2001