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The "Indiana Drainage Handbook" was prepared in 1996 by Christopher B. Burke Engineering, Ltd. (CBBEL) in accordance with State of Indiana Public Law 329-1995, through a contract administered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The Handbook is not to be considered an IDNR document; IDNR simply provided a mechanism for the development and distribution, as directed by the Legislature. An eleven-member gubernatorial work group that included representatives of county drainage organizations, state, federal agencies, environmental groups, and agricultural organizations reviewed and oversaw the overall development of the Handbook, and provided valuable input to CBBEL throughout the development phase. The Handbook was updated and revised in 1999.

The Handbook is intended to be used by the state and federal regulatory agencies as well as those doing drainage work. Pursuant to its enabling legislation, the Handbook: (1) explains and clarifies federal, state, and local laws and regulations affecting drainage improvement activities within the State of Indiana; (2) provides descriptions of specific "Best Management Practices", which define how work should be performed with a minimum of adverse environmental impact; and (3) explains procedures for timely access to agencies' drainage-related personnel.

This electronic version of the Handbook, which is in Portable Document Format (PDF), was generated by CBBEL from the October 1999 hard-copy version.

Any comments, questions, or suggestions concerning the Handbook should be directed to:

Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Division of Water
402 West Washington Street, Room W264
Indianapolis, IN 46204-2748
Tel: (317) 232.4160 Fax: (317) 233.4579