Environmental Connection 2014

January 2014 » Features » ENVIRONMENTAL CONNECTION 2014
International Erosion Control Association conference and expo provides continuing education in erosion and sediment control and stormwater quality.
All Environmental Connection 2014 activities will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Conference Center, a short car ride away from Nashville's famous honky-tonks and historic downtown.

February 25-28, the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) will be hosting its annual conference, the world's largest soil and water event, in Music City – Nashville, Tenn. IECA is looking forward to having the event in an area that always draws fantastic crowds and expects one of the most well-attended conferences. With peer-reviewed education, the largest exhibit hall of its kind featuring more than 120 products and services from around the globe, and unique events designed to build long-lasting professional relationships, Environmental Connection 2014 is the ideal place for industry professionals dealing with erosion and sediment control and stormwater quality.

Nine full-day courses for engineers
Attendees of IECA's annual conference can expect the latest education from some of the industry's most respected instructors. As the landscape of the erosion and sediment control industry continues to develop, it is even more important to stay well-versed on the latest techniques. IECA's peer-reviewed education is sure to have an immediate impact when attendees return to their jobs with the knowledge they receive at courses and technical sessions offered at Environmental Connection.

The Gaylord Opryland Resort has 9 acres of indoor gardens, cascading waterfalls, and indoor river with its own Delta flatboat.

The conference full-day training courses, held Tuesday, Feb. 25, feature nine courses specifically for engineers. Professional engineers and others interested in pursuing or maintaining a professional certification will benefit from the seven Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and 0.7 IECA Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) given after the completion of each full-day training course.


"Environmental Connection 2013 was the premier networking and education event for the stormwater and erosion and sediment control industry. All levels of knowledge and experience can benefit from attendance."
Mark Goldsmith, CPESC, senior director, Stormwater Compliance, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Courses of interest for civil engineers include:

NEW! Slope Stability Analysis and Reinforcement Principles, instructed by Stanley Miller, P.E., CPESC – Slope stabilization and reinforcement methods are applied in a wide variety of situations, from stream banks to retaining walls to large natural and manmade slopes. This course will provide an overview of key principles in slope behavior and reinforcement, with particular emphasis on retaining walls and slopes less than 8 meters high. It is intended to assist non-engineers and contractors with understanding how slope reinforcement works, how to select viable reinforcement options for specific site conditions, and how to communicate effectively with geotechnical engineers who design slope reinforcement systems.

NEW! Effective Best of the BMPs, instructed by John McCullah, CPESC – Effective erosion and sediment control is rooted in a fundamental and comprehensive understanding of site processes and basing the selection and application of Best Management Practices (BMPs) on those processes. This course will present the "art and science" of proper BMP selection and implementation. "New Concepts of Sustainable Erosion Control and Advanced Methods for >2:1 Highway Slopes" curriculum and BMPs developed by the California Department of Transportation will be covered in detail. These methods are more than just new products or techniques; they are more often new ways of understanding site processes and choosing effective BMPs for managing those processes. Foremost in this training is how to select and install BMPs that allow nature's own erosion control processes to establish and provide long-term sustainable site protection. Case studies will be used to describe challenging site conditions and how BMPs were selected and installed to provide sediment and erosion control. Dirt Time videos will give attendees as close to a hands-on experience as possible from the classroom environment.

NEW! Using the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE 2) to Predict Water Erosion and Sediment Deposition Rates on Construction Sites, instructed by David Lightle, CPESC – Federal and state regulations increasingly are requiring the use of erosion prediction models and tools to evaluate the offsite erosion and sediment deposition impacts of construction activities. New versions of the RUSLE 2 model contain specific functionality that address issues such as the sum of daily erosivity for the construction period to determine if an EPA permit is required and it also utilizes a segmented profile description to compare the effect of adding slope treatment practices in lieu of retaining all or part of existing vegetation buffer strips at the lower extent of construction. Learn how to apply the latest version of RUSLE2 and customized construction site databases to erosion and sediment control design work.

NEW! Innovative Designs for Erosion, Sediment, and Turbidity Control for Linear Construction Projects, instructed by Jan Patterson, P.E., CPESC – In one day, 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 to incorporate into your next SWPPP that work toward meeting turbidity guidelines.

NEW! Natural Stream Channel Design – Applications and Limitations for Urban and Rural Watersheds, instructed by Ted Gray – This course will provide a better understanding of the principles and practice of Natural Stream Channel Design with an interactive format. Attendees will gain experience in evaluating a stream channel, identifying appropriate design solution criteria, and understanding limitations for Natural Channel Design. Case studies, stories, and experiences will be shared covering a variety of field conditions. Goals include expanding the application of environmentally sound stream management based on a better understanding of stream dynamics.

NEW! Bio-Remediation and Soft Armor for High Velocity Urban Channels, instructed by Jerry Sanders, CPESC – This course teaches participants how to evaluate high-volume urban stream channels for bio-remediation and soft armor installations and to demonstrate the reasons for each installation procedure and the installation techniques required for successful implementation.

NEW! Low Impact Development – Solutions for Real Problems, instructed by Steven Trinkaus, P.E., CPESC, CPSWQ – This training will introduce attendees to Low Impact Development (LID), what it consists of, how to apply it to achieve maximum benefits, and how to incorporate LID into municipal land use regulations.

Designing Post-Construction BMPs... from the Cradle to the Grave, instructed by Ted Sherrod, P.E., CPESC, CPSWQ – This course will focus on designing BMPs for erosion control and post-construction stormwater control from project initiation, up to and through the operations and maintenance phase. Hydrologic and hydraulic principles and basic equations for design of various stormwater controls will be presented along with example problems and work exercises. The course will present case studies from DOT projects across North Carolina. Participants will learn from the experience of a Phase I MS4 with an inventory of several hundred post-construction structural stormwater measures.

NEW! Can You Survive Construction Site Environmental Compliance? instructed by Jennifer Hildebrand, CPESC, CPSWQ – Stormwater regulations have become complicated. They vary significantly by state or city. The regulations change and are becoming much more stringent in many areas. Are you prepared? Are you using a SWPPP template that you "refined" 10 years ago, or have you been cutting and pasting designs for the last several projects? When was the last time you actually inspected a project? Are you trusting that an associate or partner is conducting these inspections in a compliant manner? Then this course is for you! Come and learn the latest techniques, templates, and traits of compliant projects. This course will detail the most recent regulatory changes and highlight the ways in which these changes, when properly integrated, can make your project more profitable.

More than 125 technical sessions
The half-day and technical sessions offer attendees yet another area of continuing education. These sessions are comprised of innovative technical papers showcasing the latest research, inspiring case studies, thought-provoking forums, how-to workshops, and poster presentations by the industry's up-and-coming professionals.

IECA suggests the following technical sessions for engineers:

Leadership Through Collaboration: It's not my way or the highway, presented by Barry Fagan – Whining without action is no longer an option. We are obligated to take responsibility for how others perceive, push, and regulate our profession. Influence is the essence of leadership, and our influence is critical to our future. We must engage others to influence others. Leading through communication and collaboration is hard... just like most good things in life. Come learn how true efforts to engage and collaborate with unlikely partners can benefit your team, our profession, and water quality.

Implementing Green Infrastructure: Atlanta's Post-Development Stormwater Management Ordinance, presented by Cory Rayburn, CPESC, and Susan Rutherford, AICP – The City of Atlanta amended its Post-Development Stormwater Management Ordinance to require green infrastructure on new and redevelopment projects, both commercial and single-family. Hear how Atlanta accomplished adoption and implementation of the ordinance, and what makes the ordinance unique.

SWPPP Design and Implementation of a Foundation Test Shaft Program for New Bridge Construction Within the St Croix River, presented by Dwayne Stenlund, CPESC – The preconstruction and construction implementation practices described in this case study provided appropriate communication for meeting regulatory and SFEIS commitments for both the project engineer and contractor. Using the SWPPP framework of incorporated written BMP procedures, BMP details, and plan BMP locations was much easier than relying on large volumes of written commitments in separate documents or assuming contractor EIS understanding and compliance.

Challenging the Status Quo: How the Tennessee Valley Authority is Updating Its Vegetative Best Management Practices, presented by Joe Turk, CPESC – "This is the way we've always done it" doesn't work. This presentation will demonstrate the need to update post-construction utility restoration practices to align with today's best science and practices.

Natural Gas Pipelines: Creative Solutions for Right of Way Restoration and NPDES Compliance, presented by Ken Hurley, P.E., CPESC, CPSWQ – Linear projects, especially natural gas pipelines, present many unique construction and restoration challenges. Additional constraints such as environmental conditions, cultural resources, threatened and endangered species, property owner agreements, right of way access, waterbodies, road crossings, and town/county/state boundaries further compound the project design, pipeline location, and existing resources affected. This workshop presents several examples of linear construction and common problems associated with pipeline construction and restoration. These examples will be followed by creative solutions that have yielded successful restoration and compliant results for multiple projects.

A Proactive Approach for the Alabama DOT MS4 Program, presented by Scott Rogers, Ph.D., P.E. – This presentation provides details of a proactive approach the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) employed as an active participant in development of an MS4 permit tailored to the specific characteristics of ALDOT as well as in the development and implementation of a new ALDOT Stormwater Management Program Plan (SWMPP). The outcomes of the approach in terms of reasonable permit conditions, an effective and manageable SWMPP, and the successful implementation of practices also are discussed. Attendees will appreciate the unique aspects of a state DOT as they relate to traditional MS4 permit requirements; the need for robust coordination, communication, and collaboration as integral parts of an MS4 program; and the benefit of being proactive in forming the foundation of a viable MS4 program.

Post-Construction BMP Inspection and Maintenance, presented by Ted Sherrod, P.E., CPESC, CPSWQ – The doctor will see you now! Love those annual check-ups? Your post-construction BMP is overdue. This course will provide prescriptions for the prevailing post-construction stormwater BMPs used by MS4s to protect water quality with an emphasis on annual inspection and maintenance tasks. Review operating and maintenance manuals and ordinances used by municipalities to maintain a "healthy" post-construction stormwater program.

Evaluación de Tasas de Erosión en Taludes Usando el Modelo RUSLE, presented in Spanish by Angel Menendez, Ph.D., CPESC, and Gustavo Salerno, CPESC – Este curso explicará criterios para la aplicación del modelo RUSLE de modo de obtener estimaciones sensatas de tasas de erosión en taludes. Adicionalmente, se introducirá y aplicará el software amigable TALUD, disponible en forma libre en la Web.

Field tours
This year, IECA is offering two field tour options:

Field Tour #1
Nashville Green Field Tour (Feb. 27) – Join us as we explore how Nashville is integrating LID concepts into public and private projects, including:

  • Nashville's new convention center —€“ This facility reuses approximately 90 percent of the water that hits the roof of this six-blocks-long building. In addition, the building sports a huge greenroof.
  • Deaderick greenscaping – Nashville incorporated greenscaping and LID concepts into the redesign of Deaderick Street in downtown Nashville. The greenscapes incorporate tree boxes and bioretention to reduce runoff into the combined sewer system.
  • Metro office building – Metro Water Services incorporated LID BMPs into the renovation of its new service center, including permeable pavement and bioretention.
  • Metro Public Square – Metro incorporated a greenroof and cistern into the parking structure at the Public Square.

Field Tour #2
Nashville Construction Site Demo Tour (Feb. 28) – On this tour, see BMPs installed and all types of products used, including wattles, new erosion control materials, and baffles.

Largest exhibit hall of its kind
Don't miss the Environmental Connection 2014 Exhibition! IECA encourages you to become proficient in the latest products and services from more than 120 exhibitors. Get an inside look at new technology at the Product Practicum sessions and Product Learning Labs, held Thursday and Friday in the expo hall. Attendees have a chance to win prizes, including a GoPro and Kindle Fire, on Thursday and Friday. Exhibit hall hours are Feb. 27 from 11:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Feb. 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Special events
While formal training will be the highlight of the educational experience at Environmental Connection, it's ok to have a little fun, too! IECA takes pride in its networking events – outside the classroom. These events provide a relaxed environment ideal for making new business connections.

Meet up – After checking into the hotel, stop by The Falls hotel bar to kick back with a cold one with fellow industry professionals. This is a great place to reconnect before the conference gets underway the next morning. Stop by for as long or short as you like, then head off to any of the wonderful onsite restaurants or visit downtown Nashville. Opening session and keynote breakfast – The Cumberland River Flood: The Impact & Recovery – In May 2010, a significant weather system brought heavy rain and severe thunderstorms through Nashville, with some areas receiving more than 19 inches of rain. The Cumberland River crested at 51.86 feet, flooding the city and causing $2.3 billion in damages. The historic Grand Ole Opry and the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, host hotel of Environmental Connection 2014, were both left several feet underwater. At the IECA Opening Session, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean will discuss city "greening" goals, which rely heavily on water management. Gaylord Opryland Hotel Manager Derek McCann will discuss the impact the flood had on the hotel's exterior and interior structures. Nashville's Scott Potter, director of Metro Water Services, will conclude the address by discussing the magnitude of the flood, as well as the tools put into place for efficient response time in the future. Learn more about the city and how it relates to the industry at the opening session breakfast!

Expo hall reception – Enjoy appetizers and drinks on Thursday evening while celebrating the opening of the Environmental Connection 2014 expo hall. The exhibit hall will be open Thursday from 11:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and again on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Closing Bash – For the last two years, the Closing Bash has been one heck of a celebration! Once again you can expect IECA to throw an exciting closing bash. Plan to stick around and celebrate with IECA for the 2014 Closing Bash extravaganza sponsored by Profile Products. This is the place to end your conference experience. Say farewell to new business contacts and old colleagues as you wrap your week up at the world's largest soil and water event. The bash will be complete with gourmet food, drinks, entertainment, and did we mention cash prizes? IECA will be giving out $2,000 in cash! Four lucky attendees will be leaving with $250 in cash, and two attendees will win the top prize of $500. This is a free event for conference attendees – registration for the bash is included in your conference pass!

IECA takes Music City
All Environmental Connection 2014 activities will be held at Nashville's premier hotel, the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. The hotel offers guests all the excitement and energy of Music City under one spectacular roof. Beneath climate-controlled signature glass atriums and nestled in a bend of the meandering Cumberland River is an extraordinary selection of dining, shopping, and recreation options that create the perfect setting for a complete getaway.

Now until Feb. 5, take advantage of IECA's special rate of $159.00 plus tax per night at the Gaylord Opryland Resort. This rate includes resort fee, in-room internet, hotel parking discount, and access to the health club. Call 1-800-GAYLORD (429-5673) and use the group name "IECA" or book online by visiting www.ieca.org/travel

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

An unlimited number of full conference and expo hall passes are available, but don't wait to register onsite. Registration lines can be long, especially Wednesday and Thursday, and registration costs are higher. To save time, register using IECA's secure online registration form. For more information or to register, visit www.ieca.org/engineering

All Environmental Connection 2014 activities will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.


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