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Great Rivers Conference Early Bird Rate Extended

Early bird rate extended until October 10! Register today and take advantage of the Early Bird Rate for the The Great Rivers Chapter of The International Erosion Control Association (GRIECA) Fall Conference and Expo, October 28-29, in Kansas City, MO.

This year's conference is the place to be to share new ideas and network with industry leaders.

Featured Speakers:

  • Jonathan B. Dixon, CPESC, CISEC - Felsburg, Holt & Ullevig
  • Tom Wells, CPESC,CISEC - Lamp, Rynearson & Associates, Inc.
  • Ted Hartsig, CPSS  - Olsson Associates
  • Jonathan Koepke, CPESC, LEED-AP - ENCAP, Inc.

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IECA Photo Contest

IECA's Annual Photo Contest is an opportunity to gain visibility and share your accomplishments with the erosion and sediment control community. Entries will be displayed on our website and enlarged to be showcased at Environmental Connection, IECA's annual conference and expo. The contest is FREE - so send in your photos!

Preliminary voting will take place on IECA's Facebook page by liking or commenting on your favorite images.

Final voting of the top five will take place at Environmental Connection 2015. Ribbons will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners of each categories. The photo with the most votes in each category (first place) will receive $50 in cash. The winner must be present to obtain their prize. If the first place winner is not present at the time of the award (announced in the Environmental Connection 2015 conference program), the prize will be given to the second place winner if present. If the second place winner is not present, the third place winner may obtain the prize if present. If they are not present, the cash will be donated to IECA's foundation, the SOIL Fund.

Categories and Judging Criteria:

Before and After (Submit two photos for each entry in this category one Before and one After)

  • Photo alignment - are the photos taken from exactly the same place?
  • How much change is shown - how dramatic is the After photo compared to the Before photo?

Impacts of Erosion and Sediment

  • Degree of environmental impact - what is the effect on water or air quality?
  • Degree of social impact - what is the effect on property, human life, infrastructure, etc.?

Technology in Action

  • Identification of technology - is it obvious what technology is being used?
  • Degree of action - does the photo show a process or merely a completed installation?


All accepted submitted photos will be recognized at Environmental Connection - IECA's Annual Conference and Expo. These photos will be posted on the IECA website and may be featured in Erosion Control Journal, Environmental Connection Magazine, Land & Water Magazine and on association promotional material.

Environmental Connection Scholarship

IECA has partnered with various sponsors to help provide financial assistance for industry professionals to attend Environmental Connection 2015. Recipients of these scholarships will be given a complimentary full-conference pass.

Who Should Submit?

Applicants must:

Important Dates and Information

  • Submit completed application no later than January 9, 2015 to Joanna@ieca.org
  • Scholarship recipients notified no later than January 14, 2015
  • Environmental Connection 2015 Conference in Portland, Oregon: February 15-18, 2015.

Conference Dates & Location:

February 15 - 18, 2015

Portland, Oregon, USA



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HaloSource and Rain for Rent Sign Strategic Partnership

HaloSource® and Rain for Rent® are pleased to announce that they have signed a strategic partnership to provide customers with enhanced water filtration solutions. This alliance delivers customers a single source solution that cost effectively meets water discharge standards on their jobsites in an environmentally responsible way.

The strategic partnership is targeting a significant share of the $1.9 billion domestic market for flocculent chemicals, focused in construction, environmental, simple mining and industrial applications. Strategies to win more of that business include digital marketing targeting new and existing Rain for Rent customers, lead sharing and co-branding proposals and marketing materials.

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Erie Company Pays $250,000 Fine

An Erie company has paid a $250,000 fine for multiple violations of the Clean Streams Law and Department of Environmental Protection regulations while doing Marcellus Shale natural gas pipeline work in Lycoming County.

The violations by NFG Midstream Trout Run occurred during the installation of a gathering pipeline system in five townships during 2011 and 2012, DEP said Wednesday.

NFG's failure to implement and maintain erosion and sediment control practices resulted in discharges into unnamed tributaries to Mill Creek and Lycoming Creek, Lycoming Creek itself and an exceptional value wetland, said John Ryder, director of district oil and gas operations.

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Milliken Acquires Pipe Wrap, Inc.

Milliken has announced the acquisition of the assets of Pipe Wrap, Inc., by its subsidiary Milliken Infrastructure Solutions, LLC. Pipe Wrap is a leader in the design and construction of composite materials for pipe repairs, providing custom solutions for structural reinforcement, leak repair, and corrosion prevention.

The acquisition is the latest in the expansion of the company’s fiber-reinforced polymer business, serving both steel and concrete structures. “We are excited about the addition of Pipe Wrap’s wide range of custom-engineered solutions to Milliken’s portfolio of industry-leading products,” said Dale Willis, vice president of Milliken’s building and infrastructure business. “Whether it’s concrete restoration or facility and pipeline maintenance, Milliken continuously explores new materials and methods that save time and money when rehabilitating, repairing, or strengthening infrastructure.”

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Percoa USA, LLC Receives Patent for Pre-cast Pervious Concrete

Percoa USA, LLC is the first and only company to develop and patent pre-cast pervious concrete. Pervious concrete is engineered with an open-cell structure to allow rainwater to drain directly through its entire surface, so the water can percolate down into a stone aggregate substrate and then infiltrate into the soil. In the issued patent, US 2012/0018363 A1 (first filed on July 24, 2010 and published on July 8, 2014) Percoa received broad protection for its unique, innovative pre-cast pervious concrete system and methods as well as related water filtration systems for stormwater management.

Pervious concrete controls and reduces stormwater runoff at the source, improves water quality by decreasing erosion and filtering out pollutants, and recharges groundwater supplies. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes it as Best Management Practice (BMP) for Low-impact Development (LID). A land planning and engineering methodology, LID emphasizes natural features integrated with engineered hydrological controls to capture and clean stormwater runoff on site.

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