2017 IECA Annual Conference | Atlanta, Georgia
Post Conference Recap
The 2017 IECA Annual Conference was a huge success! Many changes were implemented this year to create a more robust event that offered higher caliber training opportunities featuring new speakers and tracks with less repeated sessions (visit our Facebook page and see for yourself!). Plus, new networking opportunities were added to promote more peer-to-peer interaction and education, from a full day pre-conference field tour and half day courses to fireside chats and roundtable sessions.
The conference kicked off with well-known meteorologist from The Weather Channel, Jim Cantore, presenting Is the Sky Falling? Cantore’s presentation detailed how current weather conditions affect the industry and how to prepare for it over the next 50 years. Closing keynote speaker, Craig Zeller, PE from the Environmental Protection Agency, addressed how erosion control is paramount to cleanup projects such as the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill. Zeller described the steps the EPA took to restore the area when hundreds of acres of ash waste were released over 300 acres of land.
Many attendees commented on the caliber of topics, speakers and attendee conversations that made this year’s conference one of the more notable events for IECA. Some of the more popular sessions included an Update on EPA’s 2017 Construction General Permit; Changing Stormwater Strategies for a Changing Climate; and How to Out Learn, and Out-Earn, Out-Think and Differentiate Yourself from the Competition. To quote one attendee’s experience, “The IECA Conference is simply the best place to get the most information and meet the most knowledgeable and helpful professionals in the industry.
Awards of Excellence Recognition
The IECA Awards of Excellence program acknowledges outstanding achievements in the erosion and sediment control industry and is a staple event at the conference. The mission of the awards program is to recognize members who reflect quality, skill and commitment to IECA’s mission. This year’s recipients were recognized by peers during the awards luncheon. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute’s Sediment and Erosion Control Laboratory Project received the prestigious Environmental Excellence Award. Adam Dibble, CESSWI was named the 2017 Outstanding Professional of the Year. Daniel Salsinger, CPESC was named the Sustained Contributor of the year. Congratulations to this year’s winners!
Poster Contest Winners
IECA poster presentations promote the exchange of scientific and technical information within our industry and are presented by university partners/young professionals in the exhibit hall. This year’s first place winner was Brenden Ding, University of Toronto, who presented the Effect of Freezing and Thawing on Nutrient Removal of Bioretention Cells poster. Second place winner, Forrest Pritt from West Virginia University, presented the Large-Scale Testing of Improving Seeding and Mulching Specifications in West Virginia poster. Third place winner, Matthew Horne, EIT from Auburn University, presented the Construction of a Rainfall Simulator for Field-Scale Testing of Erosion Controls poster. Read more about poster winners!
Photo Contest Winners
This year’s photo contest winners include Melanie McCaleb in the Impacts of Erosion and Sediment Control category for an offsite fishing pond photo showcasing a construction site's highly turbid water impacting a local fishing pond. John Slupecki, CPESC won the Before and After category featuring channel bed and side slope repair in front of the International Mall of Tampa. Kurt Kelsey in the Technology in Action category showcasing Recyclex TRM-V stopping early stages of gully erosion.
This year’s expo hall featured more than 125 exhibitors showcasing the latest industry products, services and technology. The expo hall is one of the most popular destinations at the conference and features a wide variety of products to help professionals in the field as well as the office! We would like to thank all of our sponsors and exhibitors who supported the expo hall and event!
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