Standards and Practices Committee

Charge and Responsibility

The Standards and Practices Committee has been convened by the IECA Region 1 Board of Directors to develop standards for the US construction stormwater industry. The Board recognizes regional differences and even local differences in terminology and design of erosion and sediment control practices. However, the Board also recognizes that standardizing design based upon sound science, testing criteria for sediment controls, monitoring recommendations to provide feedback to site operators, and terminology will greatly advance our industry.


The S&P Committee will have voting and non-voting members. Voting members shall be IECA members in good standing. Non-voting members are committee members that are not IECA members. The committee will have an IECA staff liaison and a Board of Directors liaison.


A chairperson will be chosen for the committee. The Chair must be a voting member. The Chair needs to be a champion of the effort as well as have leadership skills in conducting meetings and encouraging members to contribute and participate. This person must also be willing and able to ask someone to step down from a committee position if they no longer contribute to the goals and objectives of the committee. The Chair works with the staff liaison to make sure there is an appropriate agenda for each meeting, that proper notice is sent to each member and that the meeting starts and ends on time. It also falls to the Chair to prepare, review, adjust and submit the appropriate reports to the Board of Directors. While the staff liaison may actually prepare the report, the Chair and the Committee "own" the report and must feel that it represents the consensus of the Committee and decisions that have been made.

Coordination with other organizations

At least one member of the S&P committee will be an active member of ASTM. IECA will pay for the annual ASTM membership for the S&P committee member. This person will be the liaison between the S&P committee and ASTM, specifically the D18 and D35 subcommittees.

Meeting Schedule

The Committee chair will establish the meeting schedule for the committee. Committee members will be notified at least a week in advance of the committee meeting date and time.

Reporting Schedule

The S&P Committee shall make reports to the Board of Directors on their activities prior to each Board of Directors meeting. Board meetings are in February, June and October. The report will contain a written component and may be delivered in person or by the Board liaison.


Terminology Subcommitee
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Sampling Subcommittee
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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