IECA Field Presentations

Available on-demand throughout the conference. 

Presentations in the IECA Field Presentation library include site videos to provide a dynamic experience to attendees. 

  • Little Blue Parkway - Spring Branch Channel Change and Mitigation
  • Let’s Get Physical: Experience Hands-On Physical Modeling to Better Understand Complex Stream Flooding Issues
  • A Tale of Stem and Stone: Combining Conventional and Bioengineered Solutions to Retrofit a Suburban Stormwater Channel to Achieve Elegant Flood Resilience

Little Blue Parkway- Spring Branch Channel Change and Mitigation

For the City of Independence, Mo., with a population of 117,000, Little Blue Parkway, a new 8.5-mile north-south arterial, had been planned since the late 1960s to improve access to eastern Independence, which includes the largely undeveloped Little Blue River Valley. The new parkway links the four major east-west roadways that traverse the city and it supports economic development and enhances traffic safety in the valley. Completion of the design or this new roadway corridor posed numerous challenges related to environmental impacts to streams and wetland areas for a new corridor through the Little Blue River Floodplain. Design solutions to mitigate environmental impacts included realignment of Spring Branch and enhancement of an existing offsite wetland. The realignment of Spring Branch included developing a natural channel alignment and incorporated features to control erosion and establish wetland areas adjacent to the channel. <<More Information>>


Let’s Get Physical: Experience Hands-On Physical Modeling to Better Understand Complex Stream Flooding Issues

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Kansas City, Missouri, Water Services opens the doors to its large-scale stream modeling lab, inviting you to come get your hands wet on this large-scale physical model of a flood-prone reach of Indian Creek. Model creator Don Baker, a Kansas City D.WRE Board-certified expert in physical river modeling, will open the valves and flood this U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-funded 70-by-25-foot model, demonstrating the larger lessons and nuances that only watching the water flow can teach us about the intricacies of riverine flows, flood behavior, and sedimentation patterns.<< More Information>>


A Tale of Stem and Stone: Combining Conventional and Bioengineered Solutions to Retrofit a Suburban Stormwater Channel to Achieve Elegant Flood Resilience

 

Effective and beautiful urban channel Stormwater management need not be a tale of stem or stone, but of both. In this channel flooding abatement case study, you’ll learn how the City of Prairie Village, Kansas, solved its two-decade localized flooding problem only after giving up attempts to move the flood downstream, instead opting to lower and pacify it by combining the best of conventional structural elements and bioengineering vegetative methods. To top it off, they involved affected residents in an innovative public-involvement plan to allow them to choose their own landscape plantings.

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