Training for —€˜environmental heroes—€™

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Education opportunities make their mark at the International Erosion Control Association annual conference and expo
International Erosion Control Association

In February, an estimated 2,000 civil engineers, contractors, developers, and government personnel will join the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) as “environmental heroes” during the world’s largest soil and water event. Environmental Connection 2011 (EC11) — taking place Feb. 20-23, 2011, in Orlando, Fla. — is IECA’s annual conference and expo. Featuring multiple education sessions, networking events, and an expo hall including more than 150 suppliers of products and services from around the globe, EC11 is a one-stop shop for professionals dealing with erosion and sediment control and stormwater quality.

The EC11 expo showcases erosion, sediment control, and stormwater products from more than 150 vendors.

Attendees at IECA’s EC11 conference can expect education sessions from some of the industry’s most respected instructors. As the landscape of the erosion and sediment control industry continues to change and evolve, it is even more necessary to stay up-to-date on the latest techniques.

Training courses
The most popular education format is the full-day training course. This year, IECA will offer training courses Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, featuring six new courses in the line-up of 19 courses. Professional engineers and others interested in pursuing or maintaining a professional certification will benefit from the six professional development hours (PDHs) awarded for completion of each full-day training course.

“The professional development courses were very good,” said Stoney Wright, CPESC, of Palmer, Alaska, about last year’s event. “The curriculum was well developed and the instructors were well prepared. You could tell that they had a number of years of practical experience behind them. Their presentations flowed logically and met the course objectives. The instruction was geared to the students and held their interest throughout the class.”

Some courses of interest for civil engineers at this year’s event include:

Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC) Training Modules — Are you responsible for completing inspections on an active construction site? Do your inspection duties meet with what is found in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Construction General Permit (CGP) and provide guidance to contractors and your employer? This intermediate training program offers four modules for inspectors to upgrade and improve their background: Clean Water Act and EPA information, reporting on best management practice (BMP) inspections, background of inspectors, and inspecting active construction sites. The CISEC exam will be administered Monday, Feb. 21. Those wanting to take the CISEC certification examination need to obtain approval from CISEC Inc. by submitting an application and fee at least 30 days before the test is administered in Orlando. For more information about becoming certified, visit

CPESC or CPSWQ Certification Exam Review Courses — These targeted courses taught by EnviroCert International Inc.-approved instructors will prepare individuals for the Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) or Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ) exam. These courses offer an overview of basic rules and regulations; discussion of common erosion, sediment control, and stormwater practices; and a review of some typical exam problems. Both exams will be offered on Thursday, Feb. 24, in Orlando. Professionals must be pre-approved to sit for either the CPESC or CPSWQ exam. Applications must be received at least 45 days before the exam is administered in Orlando. For more information about becoming certified, visit

Designer and Reviewer Series – Part I: Developing Effective Sediment and Erosion Control Drawings for Contractors — This one-day, intermediate-level course will provide tools for designers and reviewers to develop and review effective sediment and erosion control drawings for contractors to implement on construction sites. Participants must have a basic understanding of sediment and erosion control methods since this course does not dwell on BMPs available for implementation.

Designer and Reviewer Series – Part II: Technical Assessment of Construction Site BMPs — This one-day, advanced-level course is for designers and reviewers of sediment and erosion control plans with a background in mathematics, science, and engineering. It will provide a technical assessment of some BMPs commonly found on construction sites, as well as evaluate the effectiveness of sediment and erosion control plans.

Erosion and Sediment Control Design for Stream Restoration Projects — Come learn how to design an effective erosion control plan for a stream restoration project that will not break the bank. After looking at the tools used in design, this course will finish by breaking into small groups and completing an erosion and sediment control design for an actual project.

Innovative Designs for Erosion, Sediment, and Turbidity Control — Learn a simple, step-wise process for selecting and designing sedimentation control devices. Review innovative designs for erosion, sediment, and turbidity control for linear and vertical construction applications. Pick up new technologies as a plan designer that you can incorporate into your next Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plan that work toward meeting turbidity guidelines.

Low Impact Development (LID) for Clean Water: Proper Design, Installation, and Maintenance — Updated for 2011, this course covers the importance of volume-control practices to manage stormwater effectively from new and existing developments. Attendees will learn how to design, install, and maintain innovative stormwater management practices such as bioretention, infiltration, and collection/use. This course uses real examples of how LID can meet state and federal requirements, such as TMDL, MS4, and anti-degradation.

Sediment Control Systems — This one-day course will focus on the design, construction, and maintenance of structures, practices, and systems commonly used to facilitate the removal of suspended sediment from construction-site stormwater runoff. Common practices (sediment basins and silt fences) and more advanced practices (surface dewatering devices and forebays) also will be presented. Participants will learn what the important design parameters are for each practice and how each practice should be designed and installed to facilitate maximum sediment removal.

Theory in Practice: Wind Erosion Control Prediction Systems (WEPS) — This full-day course covers the problem of controlling airborne soil particles from both wind-generated and mechanical-generated sources. Theory into practice is demonstrated with case studies using methods and materials that have proven effective over time. The knowledge gained from this course will help participants in their professional work by providing the tools needed to design erosion control plans that are not only cost effective but also demonstrate regulatory compliance by using a science-based approach to risk assessment.

EC11 attendees can choose from 19 full-day training courses and earn six professional development hours from each.

Technical sessions
The education program also includes half-day and one-hour presentations. These technical sessions are comprised of innovative technical papers showcasing the latest research, inspiring case studies, thought-provoking forums, how-to workshops, and informative poster presentations.

Civil engineers won’t want to miss the following sessions:

A Thousand Little Treatment Plants: A Processed Base Design Approach to Structural BMPs — Structural BMPs are treatment processes, and can be designed based on scientific and engineering principles. This workshop will lay out the case for this, and will demonstrate how these principles can be applied to a common BMP. It will also address streamlining the design process.

Geomembranes Function & Design into Erosion Control Systems — This presentation will explore the various ways that geomembrane liners can be incorporated into erosion control and stormwater management designs and how they assist in making these systems work.

Tackling Erosion Caused by Roadway Deicing Agents — This presentation will discuss the negative effects of magnesium chloride de-icing agent on vegetation and mitigation techniques. It will present alternatives considered, those installed, and evaluate their effectiveness. This will be beneficial to professionals in public works, consulting, and roadway maintenance who work in regions using de-icing chemicals.

Specifying Erosion and Sediment Control Practices — This session includes seven modules, which range from general specifications theory and practice to erosion and sediment control specifics, with example specifications included.

The Green Right-Of-Way Technology for Construction of Longitudinal Works — Construction of linear developments, such as oil and gas pipelines, causes significant erosion and sediment control problems. Learn about the BMPs adapted to these problems, illustrated through specific applications in Argentina and Peru.

Field tour
Looking to get out of the classroom and into the field? Check out the Sampling/Turbidity Control field tour with Alex Zimmerman, CPESC, CISEC, CESSWI.

Attendees will explore the current sampling requirements that exist in several state permits and review proposed requirements that will affect and influence future stormwater discharge permits. Techniques for proper, defensible sampling methods and programs will be explained in a practical manner that will assist attendees in developing programs and protocols for compliance with sampling requirements and recordkeeping. Hands-on use of field sampling equipment and the effects of flocculants on turbidity will be demonstrated. Participants will travel to the field for demonstrations of site sampling, product testing, and turbidity-reduction practices.

The expo
The EC11 expo showcases erosion, sediment control, and stormwater products from more than 150 vendors. To help attendees schedule their time, IECA has dedicated expo hall hours. Show hours are Tuesday, Feb. 22, 1:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and Wednesday, Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Special events and activities
While formal training will always be the cornerstone of Environmental Connection, IECA has always believed that there is great value in networking. Get to know your fellow attendees outside the classroom by mingling at the Expo Hall Grand Opening or enjoying lunch with colleagues while checking out the HydRodeo.

EC11 Golf Tournament — Tee-off on Monday, Feb. 21, at 8:30 a.m. for some quality time with clients and friends at Orange County National Crooked Cat Course. Cost is $150 per person or $600 per foursome. Fee includes transportation to/from EC11, green and cart fees, pre-round range balls, complimentary foursome photos, and “On the Tee” box lunches.

Awards Luncheon — On Monday, Feb. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m., join IECA for a plated lunch while celebrating the accomplishments of peers. The luncheon includes presentations of chapter awards and the 2010 Awards of Environmental Excellence

IECA Chapter Meetings — Also on Monday, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., visit the chapter that represents your particular state to meet professionals who live where you do and face the same challenges that you do. Open to everyone, the chapter meetings are a perfect way to establish connections close to home.

Return of the HydRodeo — Tuesday, Feb. 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m., IECA invites everyone to participate in the EC11 HydRodeo. Chapters will compete in “rodeo” events such as tying up wattles in the wattle doggin’ race, passing the buck, and Hydro-jousting. Come out to cheer for your chapter while enjoying lunch, or participate to help your chapter win a trophy.

Expo Hall Grand Opening Celebration — Also on Tuesday, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., don’t miss the grand opening of the EC11 expo. This event will provide a chance to preview what the expo has to offer and to enjoy dinner and a complimentary beverage with fellow attendees. Exhibitors will be on hand to help you find the best solutions for the onsite issues faced by industry professionals every day.

EC11 Sediment Basin — After enjoying dinner and exploring the exhibits in the expo hall on Tuesday, finish your night at the EC11 Sediment Basin, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Located in the expo hall, the EC11 Sediment Basin will feature live music and is a great place to meet up with fellow attendees.

Registration Tips
Training courses for Environmental Connection sell out every year. For the best selection, register early.

An unlimited number of technical session and expo hall passes are available. But don’t wait to register onsite. Registration lines can be long, especially Monday and Tuesday. To save time, register using IECA’s secure, online registration form. For more information or to register for EC11, visit

It pays to be an IECA member
Save money on your EC11 registration by becoming an IECA member today.

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is the world’s oldest and largest association devoted entirely to helping members solve the problems caused by erosion and its byproduct — sediment. Founded in 1972, the non-profit organization serves nearly 3,000 members throughout the world.

Association members are able to connect with professionals in many sectors of the erosion control industry including engineers, contractors, developers, landscape architects, regulators, inspectors, academics, and those involved in wetland mitigation and streambank restoration. The joining of many disciplines allows members to gain a unique perspective on the industry as a whole. Members share technical information through a variety of mediums including the members-only listserve and locally through chapter meetings and events.

“What makes IECA unique is that it’s a real melting pot of professions. Members are able to learn how others in the industry work and the challenges they face. It helps people better work together to achieve the primary goal — reducing the amount of sediment entering our waters,” said Russell Adsit, IECA executive director.

IECA members also enjoy the benefit of year-round education delivered through webinars, members-only online resources, and IECA’s members-only publication Environmental Connection, which features peer-reviewed articles focusing on the latest technology, innovations, and research. Check out IECA’s 2011 webinar lineup at

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