IECA News & Announcements

January 2017

Happy 2017 to our returning and new members, and welcome to what we envision will be another great year for the International Erosion Control Association (IECA)!   We want to kick off the new year by bringing you some new member benefits!  Though we timed the unveiling of our new benefits to coincide with the new year, the planning has been in the works for months after many conversations on how we can serve you best and bring you quality information and resources.  Here is what’s new:

  • IECA SmartBrief is Here!

    On Thursday, January 12, 2016 IECA will be unveiling our newest member benefit - IECA SmartBrief, a weekly e-mail newsletter specifically designed to bring the most important and timely news stories to our membership and stakeholders. This publication will focus on the latest the stormwater, erosion and sediment control news. This complimentary benefit is specifically aimed at bringing you a quick, two-minute read that will help keep you up-to-date with the latest news and trends in our industry. News stories are meticulously picked from thousands of news sites, blogs, and other sources, and then summarized by expert editors, linked to the original sources for further reading, and delivered to your inbox every week. We believe everyone is best served when there is increased transparency around the news that matters to you and your industry most—IECA SmartBrief is the vehicle to do just that.

  • Look for Our Revamped Magazine Soon!

    You might notice something a bit different when you open the January/February issue of Environmental Connection - the official publication of IECA. We've redesigned, refined and reinvigorated our print publication to better serve you, our members. Our readers value the Environmental Connection as a source of quality information, ideas and as a resource to keep and reference. You'll find the new design cleaner and more consistent and you will have a more enjoyable reading experience.

  • Please Keep Us Current So We Can Keep You Current!

    Have you noticed our new IECA.org website? Now that we're on a new membership platform, make sure to log in and update your profile with your current information. Look for your name at the top of the website once you sign into your account and click on it. Have you changed jobs, phone numbers, email addresses or even your last name? Help us keep you up-to-date by providing us with your latest information.

  • November 2016

  • IECA is Seeking Volunteers for Environmental Connection 2017

    Volunteer shifts are available for you to sign-up on a first-come, first-serve basis. Shifts available include: bag stuffing and assisting attendees with questions and how navigate the conference. They're between 2 - 4.5 hours long on February 21-24, 2017.

  • IECA Mountain States Conference a Success

    IECA's Mountain States Annual Conference was held in Denver, Colorado November 10, 2016. Barry Fagan kicked off the conference with his keynote address: Green, Gray, or Purple - It's all Infrastructure discussing the organizational systems, structures and facilities necessary for a healthy and functional society. The conference offered three education tracks ranging from erosion and sediment control in remote areas, construction BMPs, successful revegetation and Phase II MS4 General Permits. During lunch Keynote speakers Micah Leadford and Jeff Crane provided insight into the catastrophic flooding along Colorado's front range in September 2013 and the response efforts that followed. Closing out the day was a lively discussion regarding stormwater regulations. Thank you to all the vendors, volunteers and attendees for making the 2016 conference such a big success! See you next year.

  • October 2016

    • Environmental Connection 2017 - Early Bird Pricing Ends December 12, 2016

      Don't miss out on the best conference pricing for Environmental Connection 2017 in Atlanta, GA! Early bird pricing will end on Monday, December 12, 2016 - register today for the best rates. At the 2017 Annual Conference - Environmental Connection, you will learn, collaborate and innovate with the best and brightest in the stormwater and erosion and sediment control industry. Connect with thousands of colleagues from more than 25 different countries, internationally renowned instructors and industry experts for four days of cutting-edge learning, professional development, and networking.

    • IECA's New eLearning Library

      In February 2016, IECA launched its new and improved online learning management system (LMS). This new system has been completely integrated into IECA's website providing members a single sign on experience. The site houses over 100 courses ranging from recorded IECA webinars, online courses and vendor webinars to package deals and currently hot topics in the industry. This has been a year process for IECA and the education staff. Many staff members worked tirelessly on the implementation, design and testing of the new system. “After months of hard work I am delighted we are launching our new Learning Management System,” says Joanna Fetherolf, IECA’s Director of Education. “IECA’s eLearning will now provide attendees with a user-friendly experience and additional features, such as a refined search engine, tracking of student transcripts and access to free member events. IECA is constantly striving to improve our education and this is another step forward."

    • Call for IECA Photo Contest

      Showcase your photographic talent at IECA’s Annual Photo Contest! Photos submitted for this free event will be judged in the following three categories: Impacts of Erosion and Sediment Control, Before and After, and Technology in Action. Final voting of the top six in each of the three categories will take place at Environmental Connection 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Submit your photo today!

    • The Weather Channel's Jim Cantore | Keynote Speaker

      IECA is excited to announce the keynote speaker for Environmental Connection 2017 is Jim Cantore, world renowned meteorologist with the Weather Channel. Cantore will discuss changes in weather patterns, predictions for the future and how these changes will affect our industry. What can we do today to prepare for the weather changes over the next 50 years? Cantore will lend his insights on how our industry can prepare for the future in weather.

    • Call for IECA Photo Contest

      IECA is excited to announce the keynote speaker for Environmental Connection 2017 is Jim Cantore, world renowned meteorologist with the Weather Channel. Cantore will discuss changes in weather patterns, predictions for the future and how these changes will affect our industry. What can we do today to prepare for the weather changes over the next 50 years? Cantore will lend his insights on how our industry can prepare for the future in weather.

    • Call for Awards of Environmental Excellence

      Now is the your chance to be recognized by your colleagues in the erosion and sediment control industry! Each year, IECA acknowledges members of the Association and the industry who have made extraordinary contributions. Award winners serve as inspirational industry leaders and are recognized at the Environmental Connection Conference.

    • Environmental Connection 2017 Technical Paper of the Year

      IECA recently announced the recipient of the Most Distinguished Technical Paper Award for Environmental Connection 2017. Enhancing Soil Begins with Soil Biology and a Stable Soil Microclimate has been named the 2017 winner of this award. This honor recognizes presenters who have demonstrated excellence within the context of their Environmental Connection technical presentation. The paper was submitted by Jerry L. Hatfield, Ph.D. Dr. Hatfield will be recognized for this paper at the Environmental Connection 2017 Awards Ceremony and the presentation can be seen at the conference.

    • Craig Zeller with the EPA | Closing Keynote Speaker at Environmental Connection 2017

      On December 22, 2008 the failure of an ash dike at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, TN caused a monumental environmental disaster where approximately 5.4 million cubic yards (CYs) of coal ash was released over 300 acres that choked the adjacent Emory River, disrupted electrical power, ruptured a natural gas line and water line, and covered a railway and local roadways. Zeller's keynote presentation will provide attendees a look into this disaster and his experience serving as the EPA's on-site coordinator for the cleanup and recovery efforts.

    • IECA 2016 BOD Election Results

      Congratulations to our newest board members Don Thieman, CPESC and Wesley Zech, Ph.D. who will be joining the IECA Board for the 2017-2020 term. Also, returning to serve another term is Charles R. Riling, Jr., TRETCNO, ABI, CESSWI. We are delighted to report that in this election, the percentage of voter participation nearly doubled over last year! Thank you to all of the candidates, to everyone who expressed an interest in running, and to those who voted!

    IECA is the foremost organization for those involved in or concerned about soil erosion control. Membership (in IECA) tells others you take erosion control seriously and you want to help make a difference.

    Scott Velting, CPESC, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA