Wednesday, December 6, 2017
12:00 - 1:30 PM Central

Members Only Event
Price: Free*
Credit: 1 Professional Development Hour

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The 2017 IECA State of the Industry webinar will provide insight into the state of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA), a perspective on the current labor shortage, a discussion on extreme weather’s industry impact, a look at US Regulations and a review of Canadian Standards. This event will be moderated by Wesley Zech, IECA’s Board of Directors – Education Vice President and Joanna Fetherolf, IECA’s Director of Education. With a membership of over 2,000 professionals, IECA is the foremost professional organization for the field of erosion and sediment control and stormwater management. IECA’s mission is to provide education, networking, and research for industry professionals.

Paul Emrath, Ph.D., Vice President for Survey and Housing Policy Research for the National Association of Homebuilders will discuss the evidence of labor current shortages in the construction industry, using results from government and NAHB’s own builder and remodeler surveys. Paul will also present historical results that show how the shortages are particularly acute relative to where we are in the housing recovery, and discuss how builders have reacted to the shortages.

Phillip Reagin, Director of Sales with BMP Supplies, will discuss current weather patterns, what impact this is having on the stormwater industry, and how we might look to the future to prepare for what’s next. From massive hurricanes to devastating wildfires and severe drought, our industry is battling how to deal with the extreme weather that is a global trend into today’s world. 

Jimmy Christianson, Regulatory Counsel with Associated General Contractors of America, will discuss the latest water regulatory and policy changes at the Trump Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as water and environmental legislative action on Capitol Hill.” 

Brian Zupancic is a senior project manager with CSA Group will be providing an update on the work that the Canadian Chapter of IECA, working together with CSA Group, has been doing to develop a three-part suite of erosion and sediment control standards. The first standard, dealing with inspection and monitoring, is currently under development and will serve as the main focus of the presentation. Particular attention will be paid to the way in which the standard addresses a common set of criteria for identifying “qualified” inspection personnel, and how it shifts the industry paradigm with respect to turbidity monitoring. Brief comments will be shared that highlight the structural organization of the stakeholders involved in writing the standard, the role of CSA Group, and the status of forthcoming ESC standards.

The presentation will be followed by a question/answer session so you will have an opportunity to engage with the panel of experts to get your questions answered. 

Meet the Experts: 

Paul Emrath, Ph.D., - Vice President for Survey and Housing Policy Research | National Association of Homebuilders

Paul's responsibilities at NAHB include include conducting statistical and economic research for NAHB and managing NAHB’s Survey and Housing Policy departments. The Survey Department produces the widely cited NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index. The Housing Policy Research department conducts a broad range of policy-related research such as estimating the economic impact of home building and analyzing government regulations. Since joining NAHB in 1992, Dr. Emrath has developed many of the statistical methods NAHB uses to analyze housing data, produced over 800 local impact of home building studies, and published more than 150 articles on a wide variety of housing related topics. He has he worked for NAHB since 1992. Prior to joining NAHB, he taught economic theory and statistics at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

 Phillip Reagin - Director of Sales, US Southeast | BMP Supplies
Phillip has 18 years in the stormwater industry. With an Environmental Health Sciences degree from the University of Georgia and a family background in construction, Phillip found an easy avenue to share his passion for outreach and education. Working throughout the region on stormwater runoff issues, wetland delineation, and designing hundreds of stormwater pollution plans, Phillip gained a vast background in ground-up construction and the environmental challenges that accompany new projects. An authorized OSHA trainer, CPESC, and recognized NPDES expert, Phillip also serves on the board of the Georgia Climate Change Coalition.

Jimmy Christianson - Regulatory Council | Associated General Contractors
Jimmy Christianson is AGC of America’s regulatory counsel. In this role, he oversees the association’s regulatory advocacy efforts before federal agencies in the areas of safety, health, human resources, environment, and procurement. He also leads AGC’s legislative push in Congress to overhaul the regulatory process. As such, he interacts with key officials in the Department of Labor, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers—among other federal agencies—and Congress. Prior to joining AGC, Jimmy worked as an attorney for the international law firm of K&L Gates and as a government affairs specialist for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association. He has also worked on five U.S. Senate campaigns and two U.S. House of Representatives campaigns. Jimmy received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from the University of Pennsylvania and Juris Doctorate degree with honors from the University of Maine School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in Virginia, Massachusetts and the District of Columbia.

 Brian Zupancic - Senior Project Manager | CSA Group
Brian Zupancic is a senior project manager with CSA Group. Based out of their U.S. Headquarter office in Cleveland, OH, Brian works with stakeholders from both Canada and the U.S. to develop standards in the field of natural resources. In addition to water resources, Brian works in the areas of mining and carbon sequestration, managing standards committees both domestic and international. Prior to CSA Group Brian spent 5 years in Government Relations with Trout Unlimited in Washington, DC. Brian attended the Ohio Wesleyan University and holds a Master’s in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Meet the Moderators

 Joanna Fetherolf - Director of Education | International Erosion Control Association

Joanna Fetherolf has been working in the Erosion Control industry since 2012, when she started with the International Erosion Control Association. Initially starting in event management, Joanna has been managing events for 10+ years and has spent the past 5 years in the development of continuing education. As the Director of Education for IECA, Joanna's role is to collaborate with industry experts to bring top level education to the Erosion & Sediment Control and Stormwater Management industry through online events, webinars, resources, live training, and IECA's Annual Conference. Joanna Fetherolf attended James Madison University and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration. 

Wesley C. Zech - Education Vice President | IECA Board of Directors
Wesley Zech is the Brasfield and Gorrie Professor of Construction Engineering and Management at Auburn University. He earned a B.S. (1999), M.E. (2000), and a Ph.D. (2004) from the University at Buffalo. He has been at Auburn University since 2004 and has conducted external research in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) that led to the development of the Auburn University Erosion and Sediment Control Testing Facility (AU-ESCTF). His research has focused on applying large-scale testing techniques to evaluate the performance of various erosion and sediment control practices including: silt fence tiebacks, the use of polyacrylamide, hydromulches, ditch checks, inlet protection measures, sediment barriers, catch basin inserts, and sediment basins. Many of the research results from these efforts have been adopted as standard erosion and sediment control practices used on highway construction projects in the state of Alabama. His current research endeavors include characterizing the performance of high-rate settling techniques in sediment basins, the performance of sediment barrier systems, using unmanned aerial vehicles for construction site inspections, and the design and deployment of a rainfall simulator.

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