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IECA launches online tool for erosion control professionals
— In collaboration with MultiView Inc., a Web publishing company based in Irving, Texas, the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) created the Erosion Professionals Marketplace, an industry-driven search engine that highlights only suppliers and vendors that serve the erosion control industry. This comprehensive online marketplace is aimed at helping erosion control industry companies find the most cost-effective and convenient products and services. Not only can users perform a basic general keyword search, they also can perform a more advanced search using company names or geographic locations in order to find the specific product or service they are seeking. The marketplace also offers information on exclusive deals and new products in the Product Showcase section. The Erosion Professionals Marketplace gives suppliers the opportunity to connect directly with other companies within the erosion control industry. Listed vendors are able to provide contact information, a quick e-mail option, graphics, links, and more on their completed listing page within the marketplace. The Erosion Professionals Marketplace can be accessed through the IECA website at or

WEF board adopts position statement on stormwater management
— On May 6, the Water Environment Federation’s (WEF) board of trustees approved a revised position on stormwater management designed to protect water quality and advance its long-standing involvement in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) stormwater regulatory program.

The revised position includes recommendations to improve the national stormwater program and provides a platform from which related policy can be developed. The position statement recommends updating regulations under EPA’s Clean Water Act (CWA) that oversee stormwater-generated flows and outlines several recommendations for improved stormwater management, including: use of a volume-based approach for stormwater treatment, support of green infrastructure, flexibility in the stormwater regulatory framework, consideration of climate change, and integration of a watershed-based approach into permitting. It also supports points consistent with several 2009 National Research Council recommendations such as increased funding and support for monitoring efforts and associated costs. To read the entire position statement, visit

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