State drainage conference held in Wapakoneta

The Auglaize County Engineer’s Office hosted the Ohio Drainage Conference on Wednesday in the Junior Fair Building at the Auglaize County Fairgrounds.
The event, which formerly used to be for West Central Ohio, has grown and is now a state-wide conference, said Auglaize County Engineer Doug Reinhart. More than 120 people attended the conference this week.
“You find that people deal with drainage across the state,” Reinhart said. “There are representatives here from urban
areas as well as rural. Their challenges are much different. It was helpful to hear perspectives from them. They are looking into the future and the effects of drainage.”
Also among the attendees were county engineers, drainage engineers, soil and water conservation districts, and other personnel from engineering offices. Topics covered a wide range including ditch and other special assessments, how to set up a subdivision drainage maintenance district, lessons in maintaining subdivision drainage systems, site review for rural parcel splits, log jam removal, and herbicide test plots.
The day concluded with a backhoe and skid loader competition at the fairgrounds. Throughout the day there were also equipment demonstrations.
“It was very informative and we had a good turnout,” Reinhart said. “You get to hear different approaches. Assessments for ditches are not in black and white. There are always differences and you get to hear some of those differences.”