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Spring Newsletter - February 1999

Dear Members and Friends of the IWRA:

On behalf of the IWRA Board of Directors, thank you all for your support during this past year. In particular, I would like to thank Greg Nethery, our 1998 president, for his wonderful job of organizing our spring conference and field trip. The spring conference was held at beautiful McCormick’s Creek State Park and had the theme "Source Water Assessment and Management Programs." Each presentation was informative, and provided insight into the concepts and methodologies used to designate and evaluate wellhead protection areas. We were also given an opportunity to witness a huge breakthrough in the "frog leg" industry as presented by an esteemed Purdue scientist.

The fall field trip was somewhat a break in tradition (one of Greg’s many positive qualities), and consisted of a canoe trip down Sugar Creek led by members of the Friends of Sugar Creek. The trip focused on the designation of a waterway as a Wild and Scenic River. Although the weather was a little brisk at the start, it is my understanding that the sun soon appeared and a great time was had by all. Once again, thanks to everyone for their involvement and support of the spring and fall meetings.

Although I typically do not enjoy meetings of any type, I must admit that the IWRA business meetings are always informative and to the point. During the winter business meeting held in Broad Ripple, your 1999 IWRA officers were sworn into office. The current officers are as follows:

Election of Officers

President: Mark Basch IDNR (317) 232-0154
President-Elect: Cyndi Wagner IDEM (317) 308-3039
Secretary: Glendon Williams HNTB (317) 636-4682
Treasurer: Kathy Fowler USGS (317) 290-3333

Glendon and Kathy were both re-elected to their respective offices, and continue to provide leadership and support to the association. Even though he has no official title, Jeff Martin has once again agreed to handle all of the membership responsibilities and also provides excellent direction to the IWRA.

In addition, Harold Templin continues to be our liaison with the American Water Resource Association. Contact Harold at (317) 232-8711 if you have any questions or news for the AWRA. Thank you in advance Kathy, Cyndi, Greg, Glendon, Jeff, and Harold for all of your support in 1999.

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Student Scholarships

The IWRA-sponsored Student Scholarship Fund continues to grow. As you are probably aware, the fund provides economic incentive and assistance to students attending colleges and universities in Indiana who present papers at the biennial Spring Symposium. The IWRA sincerely thanks the following members for their contributions to the scholarship fund in 1998:

Rodney Allen

Mark Basch

Siavash Beik

John Bell

Jacques Delleur

Herbert Eagon, Jr.

Larry Feazell

John Fisher

Kathleen Fowler

Cheryl Frischkorn

Ann Gambill

Arthur Garceau

Dale Gick

Bill Giles

Robert Gillespie

Karl Glander

Joshua Goode

Michael Gross

Robert Hall

Rosemarie Hansell

Nancy Hasenmeuller

Robert Johnson

David Knipe

Dan Knowles

Michael Litwin

Jeffrey Martin

John Mundell

Greg Nethery

Lesley Oliver

Glenn Pratt

Gregory Reid

Mark Reshkin

Victor Reyes

Martin Risch

Cheryl Silcox

Audrey Smith Kortz

John South

Kevin Strunk

Ronald Turco

Stuart Walesh

Lee Watson

Troy Weaver

Glendon Williams


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Make certain you mark your calendars for the upcoming 1999 IWRA Conference and Field Trip, which will be held June 9-11 at the luxurious University Inn and Conference Center, located in my favorite town, West Lafayette.

The conference and field trip will explore a cornucopia of water resource issues including, but not limited to, a stop at the Kentland stone quarry, a visit to the Nature Conservancy property in Newton County, and a tour of the beautiful City of Delphi to experience first-hand a water rights issue.

A late-night trip to Wolf Park for a special "howling," and an informational stop at the Wabash-Erie Canal are also planned. The program will begin with the IWRA business meeting on Wednesday morning, followed by afternoon presentations, a banquet, and a special after-dinner speaker. The day will culminate with an evening social hour.

All day Thursday and Friday morning will be dedicated to the field trip. An announcement for the meeting and field trip will be mailed in early May. If you wish to make reservations, a block of 50 rooms has been reserved for the IWRA at a cost of $66.00 for a single and $71.00 for a double.

Please call the University Inn and Conference Center at (317) 463-5511 or 1-800-777-9808 to reserve your room.

Don’t forget to renew your membership for 1999. What other professional association has annual dues of only $10.00? What is even more amazing, students can join for only $2.00 per year. . If you would like additional information about the IWRA or have questions concerning the upcoming spring field trip and meeting, please call me at (317) 232-0154. Thanks for your continued support. I hope to see you all this June in Lafayette.


Mark Basch

IWRA President

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