Congratulations to our 2019 / 2020 IECA Award Winners! 

The mission of the IECA Awards program is to recognize outstanding achievements in the erosion and sediment control industry. These awards are selected on criteria that reflect quality, skill and environmental benefits. Winners were selected from responses to a “Call for Entries” process. All winners were recognized at the 2020 IECA Annual Conference and Expo in Raleigh, North Carolina on February 24.


The Environmental Excellence Award 

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 of this award show 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 award recognized Dr. Rich McLaughlin and the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Erosion, Sediment and Turbidity Control Program.


The Outstanding Professional of the Year Award 

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

This year’s award recognized Earl Norton, M.S. CPESC, CPAg. 


The Sustained Contributor Award 

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 award recognized Charles R. Riling, Jr., TRETCNO, ABI, CESSWI.


The Sustained Partner Award 

The Sustained Partner Award recognizes a company who has provided distinguished support to IECA and has made outstanding contributions to improve the erosion and sediment control industry for a sustained number of years.

This year's award recognized East Coast Erosion Control.


Three Under 30 Young Professional Award

The Three Under 30 Young Professional Awards recognize three outstanding young professionals in stormwater and erosion and/or sediment control projects, programs, or academics that demonstrates excellence in natural resource conservation and environmental protection.

This year's Three Under 30 Young Professional Awards were presented to Michael A. Perez, Ph.D., CPESC; Kristine Sommer, CPESC, QISP, QSD; and Sylvie Spraakman, P.Eng.


Four Under 40 Young Professional Award

The Four Under 40 Young Professional Awards recognize four outstanding young professionals in stormwater and erosion and/or sediment control projects, programs, or academics that demonstrates excellence in natural resource conservation and environmental protection.

This year's Four Under 40 Young Professional Awards were presented to Adam Dibble, CPESC, CESSWI; Wesley N. Donald, Ph.D., E.I., CPESC; Dylan Drudul, CPESC and Stefano Rignanese, MS.


2019 Presenter of the Year

The Presenter of the Year Award recognizes the 2019 IECA Annual Conference presenter who received the highest classroom evaluation. The 2019 Presenter of the Year was awarded to Jason Lederer, CPESC, LEED AP and Troy Thompson, MS, PE for their presentation “Turning the River Right-Side-Up – Restoring the Swan River After a Century of Mining Impacts".

2020 Technical Paper of the Year

Voted on by industry peers, this year's Technical Paper of the Year Award recognized Lan Liu, MS & Michael A. Perez, Ph.D.,CPESC Birmingham for their paper “Designing Silt Fence Sediment Barriers: A Performance Based Approach".

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