IECA University Partner News

 

July 2017

Penn State and the IECA  - written by Dave Snyder, CPESC

Penn State and the IECA I have greatly enjoyed being involved with the erosion control industry over the last 30+ years. As I have told my young sons, it is pretty cool that Dad's job involves doing something good for the environment. Last October, at the Great Rivers IECA Conference in Kansas City, I heard former IECA President Brock Peters give an update on the current state of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA). It was an enlightening presentation. Brock’s talk inspired me. It inspired me to make a positive impact on the erosion control industry. I decided to combine two important parts of my life: the IECA and Penn State, my alma mater. (read more)

February 24, 2017

Student Poster Session Winners at Environmental Connection 2017

Each year, IECA hosts poster presentations at its annual conference. At Environmental Connection 2017, we had 15 poster presentations. Below are the award winners for 2017.
Browse through poster sessions here

1st Place: Brenden Ding – University of Toronto
Effect of Freezing and Thawing on Nutrient Removal of Bioretention Cells
Bioretention cells are widely used to reduce urban stormwater peak flows and volumes, and improve water quality. However, their efficiency under cold climate conditions, where successive freezing and thawing periods occur, is still poorly understood. This work investigates the role of freeze-thaw cycles on bioretention soil structure and nitrate and phosphate removal in bioretention cells. The results of this research will be used to better design bioretention cells for enhanced performance under cold climate..


2nd Place: Forrest Pritt – West Virginia University
Large Scale Testing of Improving Seeding and Mulching Specifications in West Virginia
What are the benefits of effective seeding and mulching? This presentation will report on new methods of seeding and mulching that are essential for long term vegetation establishment. Participants will learn about current practices in West Virginia and how they are being improved..


3rd Place: Matthew Horne, EIT – Auburn University
Construction of a Rainfall Simulator for Field-Scale Testing of Erosion Controls
This will be a poster presentation on the design, construction, and calibration of a large scale rainfall simulator at Auburn University's Erosion and Sediment Control Test Facility. The construction and calibration will be discussed in detail. A summary of test results will also be provided.


University of Victoria

Ecological Restoration Professional Certificate Program


The University of Victoria is currently accepting registrations for our Fall and Winter online courses in the Ecological Restoration Professional Certificate Program

March 19, 2015

Poster Sessions at Environmental Connection 2015


Each year, IECA hosts poster presentations at its annual conference. At Environmental Connection 2015, we had 14 poster presentations. Below are the award winners for 2015.

1st Place: Bill Trenouth
New Approaches to Road Salt Management: Optimization and Treatment using a Novel Treatment System



2nd Place: Eric Davis
Evaluation of Roadside Vegetation for Erosion Control in West Virginia



3rd Place: George Hilvers
Development of an Erosion Control Seed Mixture that Includes Native Species




January 29, 2015

Conservation Innovation Grants Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Announcement for Program Funding


The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Proposals will be accepted from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, the Caribbean Area (Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands), and the Pacific Islands Area (Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2015 will be up to $20 million. Proposals are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between 1 and 3 years in duration. More Information

January 29, 2015

Interns Needed


Applications are now being accepted for the Indian Health Service (IHS) Summer 2015 (consult the Area office for the specific timeframe) Externship Program for the Indian Health Service. These positions are being filled under the Excepted Service.

The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal and Urban operated facilities and programs. For information on the IHS visit IHS.GOV.

The IHS Extern Program is an opportunity for students to gain hands-on instructive experience in a healthcare setting before graduation.

Not all disciplines are available in all locations/area offices. Contact your local Area Scholarship Coordinator for more information. More Information

November 24, 2014

Training at Auburn University

Recently, Auburn University hosted a training event and captured the results from an ariel drone. Check out the video.

October 23, 2014

Water Quality Benefits


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, announces the posting of the Request for Applications (RFA), Water Quality Benefits. Its goal is to advance knowledge of how changes in water quality, including incremental or step improvements, can be valued at appropriate spatial scales for the Nation's inland fresh water small streams, lakes and rivers, estuaries, coastal waters and the Great Lakes. The Agency is interested in supporting research that evaluates how measurable attributes of water quality improvements can be translated into human benefits and values, either directly or through indicators.

The research should help public decision makers at the state and local levels, as well as private decision makers and stakeholders by quantifying the behavioral and socioeconomic consequences of water quality regulations and related policy options across a full range of ecological and economic endpoints.

This RFA supports the National Program, Safe and Sustainable Water Resources (SSWR), which provides technologies and the science needed for protecting and maintaining drinking water sources and systems and the physical, biological and chemical integrity of our water. SSWR's two main research areas are sustainable water resources and infrastructure. Sustainable water resources integrate social, economic and environmental research to protect and restore water resources for drinking water, industrial processes, recreation amongst other uses.

Sustainable water infrastructure promotes a healthier and more effective network of wastewater, drinking water and stormwater systems. SSWR research helps utility companies provide reliable service that meets Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act requirements. It also provides the scientific foundation for local, state and federal decision makers when dealing with water resource management.
For more information, Click here.

October 20, 2014

Research Experience for Undergraduates at North Carolina State University


The Department of Soil Science at North Carolina State University has a Research Experience for Undergraduates programs funded by the National Science Foundation to bring in underrepresented undergraduates to do a summer internship conducting research with faculty mentors. The internship includes a $5,000 stipend, housing, a food allowance, plus travel funds. Seeking sophomores, juniors, or seniors who could benefit from exposure to soil and environmental science research. Please forward the url to potential candidates or to institutions or groups which might be able to identify candidates. We appreciate any help in our recruiting for the 2015 summer.
For more information, click here.

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