Assessing Environmental Legacies of Erosion and Sediment Control Materials

Marc S. Theisen, M.Sc., CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSW

Our industry is constantly evolving to develop increasingly more effective materials and techniques to control erosion and sediment with growing sensitivity to their long-term impacts on Environment, Health and Safety. This provocative publication will provide historical perspective on the development of the E&SC industry from its early days to the present while offering insight on manufacturing inputs for various materials, their performance attributes and environmental legacy as their constituents are assimilated into the natural environment.

Learning Objectives: 

  • As a result of this publication the reader will gain a historical perspective on the development of various erosion and sediment control materials and techniques from the early days to the present.
  • The reader will learn how product inputs and material constituents can dramatically affect the environmental legacy of erosion and sediment control products.
  • This publication will offer a glimpse into the future of erosion and sediment control techniques and practices as they become increasingly effective while in harmony with the environment.

Presented by Marc S. Theisen, M.Sc., CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSWI – Vice President - Business Development and Technical Services, Profile Products LLC

Marc S. Theisen, M.Sc. is Vice President of Business Development and Technical Services for Profile Products, LLC, residing in Signal Mountain, Tennessee, USA. He is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC), Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ) and Certified Erosion, Sediment and Storm Water Inspector (CESSWI) with over 25 years of experience in erosion/sediment control and storm water management on construction, mining, waste containment and infrastructure projects over six continents. Over his career in these industries, Theisen has acted as a contractor, consultant, distributor and manufacturer. He has participated in the development and commercialization of a comprehensive line of erosion control, sediment control, turf reinforcement and stormwater treatment devices. Theisen holds five related patents for hydraulically-applied erosion control products, biotic soil media, sediment retention devices and turf reinforcement mats. Theisen received a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology from the University of Colorado and a Master’s Degree in Plant Ecology from Denver University with his thesis focused on mined land reclamation. He has been an active member of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA), formerly served on its Board of Directors as Technical Vice President and participates in various committees and events. In 2018, Marc was recipient of the IECA Technical Paper of the Year Award. Theisen also an active member of EnviroCert International serving on various committees and received its 2018 Distinguished Service Award. He has long been involved in industry growth and standardization efforts authoring numerous publications to integrate product and material technology through effective categorization, design, selection, and installation protocol. He remains an energetic member of the ASTM International D18 and D35 Committees on Erosion Control, Sediment Control and Geosynthetics.