Ethics Committee

Chair: Governance Vice-President
IECA Staff Liaison: IECA Executive Director
Board Liaison: Governance Vice-President


Serve as an unbiased committee whose charge is to assure that the highest ethical standards are practical by all associated with the erosion control industry. Establish criteria for ethical conduct.


Promote proper ethics, morals, and standards in the erosion and sediment control community. Uphold the IECA bylaws and membership ethical obligations to the association.


Report to Board of Directors. Respond to issues that arise that are of an ethical nature. Prepare correspondence as needed to address ethical issues.

Membership & Term of Service

The composition and number of committee members shall be determined by the Board of Directors. Each member shall serve until they voluntarily resign or at the conclusion of any term limit that may be imposed by the Board. Committee members can serve a maximum of two contiguous terms.


IECA member in good standing. Previous active involvement with IECA in some role is preferred.

Member Removal

Committee members and the Chair may be removed for cause, including but not limited to failure to perform duties, by a two-thirds vote of the IECA Board.


In the event that a committee member steps down or is removed during his or her term, the Chair will recommend a replacement for the Board's approval. The replacement will serve out the remainder of the vacated term, and will be eligible for re-appointment at the end of the vacated term.

Chair Duties

Preside at all meetings of the Committee, including teleconferences. Formalize the agenda for all meetings after receiving input from the committee members, IECA Headquarters and/or Board of Directors. Serve as the official spokesperson of the Committee. Submit a committee progress report three times a year, prior to each Board of Directors meeting.


The Committee will hold meetings as needed to address formal ethics issues. The Committee may meet at other times as designated by the chair, and communications will occur via email or phone at the discretion of the chairman.


Reports will be required three times a year to coincide with Board of Directors' meetings. Reports will be submitted to the Administrative Vice President a minimum of five weeks prior to each Board meeting.

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