Joint Drainage Board of Adams County

  • 11 a.m.
  • Monday, on an as needed basis
  • Adams county Service Complex
    313 W Jefferson Street
    Commissioners Room
    Decatur, IN 46733
Board Members
  • Kim Fruechte, Chairman
  • Rex Moore, Vice Chairman
  • Doug Bauman, Member
  • Paul Norr, Adams County Surveyor
  • Mark Burry, Attorney
  • Jacquelyn Searles, Deputy
About the Board
The Drainage Board manages the construction, reconstruction and maintenance of all regulated drains or proposed regulated drains in the county as required by state law.

The Board and Surveyor have jurisdiction over regulated drains. Regulated drains are drains that have been established by either the Commissioners Court or Circuit Court of each county prior to 1965 or the Drainage Board since 1965. These drains are open ditches or tile drains or a combination of both.

The Drainage Code gives the ability to create new drains when petitioned by 10% of the landowners in the drainage watershed. A regulated drain can be vacated through a petition by all landowners involved. The Drainage Board maintains landowners ditch assessments.

The Drainage Board promotes and recommends the USDA/NRCS filter strip program along all located ditches. There are 121 watersheds with each carrying its own balance. Adams County has 410 miles of open ditches and 1,340 miles of legal county tile.

Services Provided

  • Maintenance work on legal drains and legal tiles by Surveyor's Crew
  • Provide Brush Spray Vouchers to landowners with a legal open ditch on their property, for the Brush Spray Program to help maintain and clean legal open drains
  • Provide information and answer questions for the public concerning drainage issues