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Top Stories - April 21, 2015

 

MoDOT to Implement Statewide Compliance Program to Settle Construction Stormwater Violations

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has agreed to implement a statewide compliance program and to pay a $750,000 civil penalty to settle alleged violations of the Clean Water Act at two road construction sites. The sites are Highway 54 in Osage Beach, and on Highway 67 between Coldwater and Silva.

EPA Region 7 inspected the sites in 2010 and 2011 and documented serious erosion control issues at both sites. Inspectors identified violations at the sites including failing to install or implement adequate storm water control measures, neglecting to repair those that were installed, failing to develop a sufficient pollution prevention plan and update the plan as appropriate, and unsatisfactory record-keeping and self-inspections. The inspections arose from complaints received from Osage Beach residents with concerns that construction at the site resulted in the deposit of mud and sediment on nearby properties, and that water turbidity and associated sedimentation could harm aquatic life.

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Call for Submissions for Environmental Connection 2016

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is calling for submissions for Environmental Connection 2016, annual conference and expo. Combining quality education with a top‐notch expo, this is the premier gathering place for the erosion and sediment control community. The 2016 conference will be held February 16‐19, 2016 at the San Antonio Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Continuing education is the cornerstone of the Environmental Connection Conference. IECA receives submissions from around the globe from instructors hoping to present at this world‐class event. For its 2016 conference, IECA has four Educational Tracks: Erosion and Sediment Control, Stormwater Management, MS4 Management and Surface Water Restoration.

All relevant topics in the four Education Tracks will be considered for presentation. The deadline to submit an abstract is May 29, 2015. For more information about the submittal process, visit www.ieca.org/submissions.

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Shasta College Erosion Control BMP Summit

The Shasta College Erosion Control BMP Summit will be held Friday and Saturday, May 1st and 2nd. This two-day workshop sponsored by Shasta College, Sacramento Watersheds Action Group (SWAG), and Western Chapter International Erosion Control Association.

This workshop is about the BMPs! Effective erosion and sediment control is rooted in a fundamental and comprehensive understanding of physical processes and basing the selection of Best Management Practices (BMPs) on those processes. We will learn why now, with the new regulations (the Construction General Permit), more than ever before your BMPs must be “EFFECTIVE”. And how, now, the SWPPP developers, the implementers, the contractors, the regulators, and the inspectors must acquire education and training and then demonstrate that knowledge through certifications. This workshop is intended to de-mystify the BMP selection process, the SWPPP, while learning about the importance of Drainage, Infiltration, Rooting Depth, Grading for Erosion Control, and some Steep Slope applications.

Just a walk away is the Shasta College Erosion Control Training Facility featured in many research studies, articles and often the backdrop for the Dirt Time videos series. This is where we will spend the second day – actually watching and participating in BMP implementation. Ever wanted to spray hydromulch? This is your chance!

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ECTC Announces 2015-2016 Board of Directors

The Erosion Control Technology Council (ECTC) is pleased to announce a new Board of Directors for 2015 – 2016. ECTC members have elected Diane Hitt (East Coast Erosion Blankets, LLC) as Chairman, Jerry Bohannon (American Excelsior Co.) as Vice Chairman, and Jeff Ward (Central Fiber LLC) as Secretary/Treasurer. Tim Lancaster (North American Green) and Scott Harrison (Terra Novo) will serve as at-large directors of the ECTC Board of Directors.

Laurie Honnigford, ECTC’s Executive Director, commented, “I look forward to an exciting new chapter for ECTC. The members have elected a dedicated group of professionals who have the talent and industry knowledge to advance ECTC.”

ECTC is a non-profit organization committed to advancing the use of rolled erosion control products, hydraulic erosion control products and sediment retention devices by providing education and leadership in the industry. For further information about ECTC, contact Laurie Honnigford at +1 (720) 353-4977, e-mail laurie@ectc.org, or visit www.ectc.org.

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Minnesota Erosion Control Association 2015 Awards

Each year, the Minnesota Erosion Control Association (MECA) recognizes outstanding individuals and projects. They are honored to present this year’s awards to the following people/companies!

  • Industry Leadership Award: John Phillips, Braun Intertec Environmental
  • Leadership Award: Rick Baird Environmental
  • Excellence Award: Neva Widner, Carlton City SWCD
  • Environmental Excellence Award: Technical Service Area #3 (Keith Anderson, Ann Thompson & Ben Larson, Technical Service Area #3, Lake City SWCD) MECA Recognition Award: Steve Klein, Barr Engineering

Congratulations to all the award recipients!

MECA’s 1st Annual Photo Contest

A Photo Contest was added to this year’s annual MECA conference. Conference attendees voted on photos in each category. Here are the 1st Place winners, who each received a $50 award!

  • Technology in Action: Submitted by Roger Worm, S.E.H., Inc.
  • Bloopers: Submitted by J&R Larson Grounds Maintenance
  • Before & After: Submitted by Ron Faust, Full Chain of Lakes Association Board of Directors
  • Impacts of Erosion & Sediment: Submitted by Samantha Kreibich, District Technician Rice Creek Watershed District

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Terra Novo Partners With JMD Company

Terra Novo -- a leading manufacturer of erosion- and sediment-control, remediation and reclamation products -- announced its new distributor, Pennsylvania-based JMD Company, one of the largest privately owned geosynthetic and erosion control product providers in the country.

JMD Company will offer Terro Novo’s EarthGuard family of products, including EarthGuard Liquid, which comes in a five-gallon container and is added to standard hydromulch prior to installation, offering contractors flexibility to adjust application rates. Additionally, JMD Company will carry EarthGuard Fiber Matrix, a pre-packaged one-step solution that combines EarthGuard and wood/cellulose fiber; and EarthGuard EDGE(TM), a pellet form of EarthGuard Fiber Matrix, ideal for remote areas with limited water and smaller jobs where hydromulching is cost-prohibitive. Terra Novo products will be carried in JMD's seven locations spanning Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

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