Well over 20 years ago, many people in Brown County began steps to develop long range plans to preserve the natural qualities of Brown County, including developing effective water and sewage systems. In 1996 the Helmsburg Sewer District was formed. In 1998 the expansion of the Brown County Water Utility was underway and by 2000, the Gnaw Bone Sewer District was operating. Then nearly 18 years ago, several residents and business owners in the Bean Blossom area, along with the Brown County Health Department, recognized that septic systems that no longer operated properly were going to require a better solution than just trying to rebuild them. Many septic systems had been built tens of years earlier on land poorly suited for septic lateral fields. As families grew, many have increased the size of their home and their original septic systems may not meet current Indiana State Department of Health septic system standards for operating safety. Today, many homes do not have adequate land space or soil types suitable for replacing their systems with new lateral fields. Out of this need for a better alternative, the Bean Blossom Sewer District was formed in 2006 by Order of the Indiana Department of Environmental
Management. In 2015, the name was changed to the Brown County Regional Sewer District (BCRSD), a non-profit volunteer organization.
The Brown County Regional Sewer District (BCRSD) was formed to provide sanitary sewage collection and treatment service to areas of Brown County not already being serviced by other Sewer Districts. The BCRSD is a non-profit organization as outlined by Statute with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. The BCRSD is a community-wide, not-for-profit organization with community-wide benefit. Our purpose is to provide homeowners with an environmentally safe, economical wastewater treatment solution in areas where septic systems are not working properly. When many homes in an area have septic system problems, a community-wide program can provide cost effective and cost shared solutions that benefit many people at once.
The first project of the BCRSD has been underway for many years. Known as the Bean Blossom Project, the general area of study includes the area around Bean Blossom, then east to Little Fox Lake and Woodland Lake, and south to Freeman Ridge. Community-wide sewage collection and treatment systems are expensive to plan, build and operate. To help communities pay for building these systems and to keep the cost of operating the systems as low as possible, both the Federal government and the Indiana State government offer monies in the form of outright grants and low interest loans. The BCRSD is diligently working to identify both grant funding and low interest loans to keep the monthly cost to the homeowners as low as possible. However, before these funding agencies can offer monetary support, each community must hire a consulting engineering company that specializes in wastewater treatment to conduct a preliminary Engineering Study. The BCRSD hired Ladd Engineering, from Lebanon, Indiana, to
complete a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) and an Environmental Review (ER) for the Bean Blossom project area. These reports have been submitted to three different funding agencies to determine if the greater Bean Blossom project area will qualify for Federal and/or State funding grants or low interest loans. The new community sanitary sewer system will provide a healthier home environment and a safer natural environment in the very place we all live. Initial feedback has been very positive.
In one form or another, the BCRSD has been hosting monthly meetings and public hearings for over a decade to discuss and plan potential community sewer studies and projects. Please look for more details, additional articles and a schedule of time and locations for meetings to be published on this website and in
the Brown County Democrat.
Mr. Clint Studabaker is a retired Professional Civil/Environmental Engineer. Mr. Studabaker received his B.S. Civil Engineering from Purdue University, an Executive MBA from Northern Illinois University, and a M.A. in Teaching from National Lewis University.
Mr. Studabaker’s engineering and business career spans the time since the creation of the U.S. EPA until today. Prior to retiring to Brown County in 2015, Mr. Studabaker directed project activity for numerous Fortune 500 clients for projects involving environmental and waste services, lowering environmental liabilities, and resolving wastewater, waste disposal, energy recovery, and groundwater issues. He began his career with the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad as the emergency responder and environmental engineer for train derailments involving hazardous materials. Mr. Studabaker directed engineering and construction services for a premier international hazardous waste management company. Mr. Studabaker managed a business unit for environmental engineering, consulting, and construction services that served clients throughout North America and around the globe. Throughout his career, projects included remediation of Superfund sites, hazardous waste incinerators, waste landfills, mobile wastewater treatment units and mobile laboratories for groundwater analysis and cleanup, and energy production through landfill gas-to-energy plants.
In 2018, Mr. Studabaker was appointed by the Brown County Council to serve on the Brown County Regional Sewer District board of directors. He has also served on the Brown County Playhouse board, the Pine Tree Hills Homeowners Association board and the Brown County Board of Health’s Septic Ordinance Committee.
Mr. Phil LeBlanc is a retired Agronomist with both his BS and MS degrees from Purdue University. Mr. LeBlanc’s business career involved specialized agricultural irrigation and soils related experience. His work activity required travel throughout most of the United States and many countries in South America. Mr. LeBlanc and his wife, Jo, are Indiana natives and now live near Nashville.
Richard M. Hall practices primarily in the areas of business law and transactions, estate planning, probate/trust administration and business succession planning. Mr. Hall is a certified public accountant (inactive status) and a member of the Association of Attorney-CPAs. He has served as a panelist at ICLEF legal seminars entitled Basic Probating of an Estate, Estate Administration, 1041 Preparation, The Basics of Trusts and Representing the Small Business. In addition, Mr. Hall has spoken at seminars sponsored by the Indiana CPA Society, the Financial Planning Association and Purdue Cooperative Extension (Midwest Women in Agriculture Conference). Mr. Hall has been designated as an Indiana Super Lawyer by Law & Politics and the publishers of Indianapolis Monthly. Mr. Hall is a graduate of Indiana University (B.S. Accounting, 1977) and Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis (J.D. cum laude, 1981).
Richard Hall was appointed a member of the Brown County Regional Sewer District in August, 2019.
Ms. Larsh has lived in Brown County since 1958. Debbie grew up on Robbins Christmas Tree Farm and also helped the family at Robbins Drive IN Restaurant. She currently lives on the same farm where she grew up. Debbie has been involved in in several organizations in Brown County and has always worked to help better the community.
Ms. Larsh has been a member of Brown County Regional Sewer District (formerly the Bean Blossom Regional Sewer District) Board for over 14 years. She original joined the RSD to make sure there truly was a need in Bean Blossom for sewers. It really did not take her long to find out there were several individual homes and at least 3 businesses plus a church that seemed in need of sewer service. The original RSD Board began to work toward that need. Once the initial Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) was finished for a collection system and treatment plant, USDA Rural Development, which was the only funding agency at that time, advised the Board to expand the service area because they could not fund such a small project. With the Brown County Health Department advise, the RSD expanded the proposed service area to include Woodland Lake and Little Fox Lake.
The County Commissioners and the Board of Health requested the original Bean Blossom RSD to include all of Brown County that was not already being served. With the Indiana Department of Environmental Management approval, the service area was enlarged and the name was changed to the Brown County Regional Sewer District. The Board is now on the right track and is determined to find solutions for wastewater treatment to all of Brown County to ensure that future generations have safe and healthy environments.