IECA Awards Overview

The IECA Awards program recognizes outstanding achievements in the erosion and sediment control and stormwater industries. This year's awards recognized Environmental Excellence, Sustained Contributor, Outstanding Professional, Emerging Leaders, Sustained Partner, Technical Paper of the Year and Presenter of the Year.



Environmental Excellence

The Environmental Excellence Award is IECA's premier award. It recognizes an outstanding stormwater and erosion and/or sediment control project, program, or operation that demonstrates excellence in natural resource conservation and environmental protection. Recipients have shown a high level of environmental benefit by clearly identifying the objectives, methods used, results obtained, and details of the benefits to the environment.

This year's winner is Western Sydney Airport - Bulk Earthworks Package.


Sustained Contributor

The Sustained Contributor Award recognizes an IECA member who has provided distinguished service to IECA and has made outstanding contributions to improve the erosion and sediment control industry for a sustained period of time. Winners of this award have demonstrated leadership by example through a significant and long-term contribution to the erosion and sediment control industry and to IECA through one or more of the following: education, government involvement, research, establishment of standards or policies or the development of technology

This year's winner is Wally Butman.


Outstanding Professional

The IECA Outstanding Professional award recognizes an IECA member that demonstrates excellence in their work in the industry and is viewed by his/her IECA peers as an industry leader through significant engagement with IECA.

This year's winner is Daniel L. Fisk, CPESC.


Emerging Leaders

This category recognizes Emerging Leaders under 40 in stormwater and erosion and/or sediment control projects, programs or IECA support that demonstrates excellence in natural resource conservation and environmental protection. Nominees earns points by being a student moderator; speaker; poster session participant; ELA conference attendee; published stormwater and erosion and/or sediment control article; is active in his/her local chapter; has been recognized for their contributions to the erosion and sediment control and stormwater industry by other awards.

This year's winners arJaime Schussler, EIT, CPESC-IT and Stefano Rignanese.



Sustained Partner 

This award recognizes distinguished support to IECA and outstanding contributions to improve the erosion and sediment control industry for a sustained number of years. Winners of this award have demonstrated long-term support to the stormwater and/or erosion and/or sediment control industry through IECA in one or more of the following: education, innovative industry products, research, establishment of standards or policies or the development of technology.

This year's winner is Joanna Fetherolf, CMP.



Technical Paper of the Year

This award recognizes the technical paper from the IECA Annual Conference that receives the highest peer review score from the IECA Conference Review Team. The paper is evaluated on research, support of hypothesis, accurate and appropriate methods being used and identified, the collection of data and conclusion of research. This award recognizes distinguished support to IECA and outstanding contributions to improve the erosion and sediment control industry for a sustained number of years. Winners of this award have demonstrated long-term support to the stormwater and/or erosion and/or sediment control industry through IECA through one or more of the following: education, innovative industry products, research, establishment of standards or policies or the development of technology.

This year's winners are Gleicy M. Cavalcante, EIT and Gary Hawkins, Ph.D.


Presenter of the Year

This award recognizes the presenter from the IECA Annual Conference that receives the highest score from classroom evaluations. A minimum of 20 evaluations must be submitted to be considered for this award. The presenter is evaluated on knowledge, technical accuracy, preparedness and communication in the subject matter. Additionally, the presentation is evaluated on meeting the learning outcomes, educating the audience on the chosen subject matter and motivating attendees to try new processes and procedures in their work environment.

This year's winner is Andrew Macleod, CPESC, CPSS.

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