The Closing Keynote Speaker for IECA's Annual Conference Environmental Connection 2017 is Craig Zeller, PE, Senior Regional Project Manager with the EPA. 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.
The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is pleased to announce a new web experience for our growing membership. IECA launched its new website, which incorporates many enhanced features, upgraded tools and a vastly improved user experience. Featuring a crisp modern design, the new website showcases IECA’s efforts to support our members. It is truly an integrated experience that's designed with stromwater, erosion and sediment control industry needs at the forefront.
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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.
Learn how to successfully stabilize soils in areas with less than 10 inches of annual rainfall (on average), as well as how to establish vegetation in such extreme climatic conditions in a proactive manner. This presentation will be given in English on Wednesday, November 16th and in Spanish on Thursday, November 17th.
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.
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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."
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.
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!
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!
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