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Top Stories - August 12, 2015


IECA Great Rivers Chapter Fall Conference: Save the Date!

The Great Rivers Chapter of IECA invites you to attend their 2-day training and expo. It will be held at the Holiday Inn, Country Club Plaza, Kansas City, MO on October 27-29, 2015.

Program highlights include: Advanced Erosion Control Design Course, Envision Sustainability, Technical Sessions, Expo, Networking, and more! Registration will open September 1, 2015 at www.greatriversieca.org/events/.

Vendor space available! Email: iecagreatrivers@gmail.com to reserve space today.

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The International Erosion Control Association Executive Director

IECA Region One has begun a search for a new Executive Director to lead IECA through the implementation of our organization’s new Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan focuses on key areas such as: membership growth and benefits; delving more deeply into new educational opportunities; and forging new and expanded organizational partnerships.

IECA is deeply grateful to Russ Adsit, who has led IECA since 2007. Russ was instrumental in moving the IECA office from Steamboat Springs to Denver, making our office more accessible to members. He was a key asset to IECA as we implemented the regionalization plan that resulted in Regions One and Two, as well as the development of the International Regional Council (IRC). During his tenure, he assisted in modifying the annual conference model to better meet our members’ needs, and developed online training and national CEU accreditation.

IECA thanks Mr. Russ Adsit for sharing his leadership ability with us.

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ADS Opens New Distribution Center In British Columbia

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (ADS), (NYSE: WMS), a leading global manufacturer of water management products and solutions for non-residential, residential, infrastructure and agricultural applications has opened a new distribution center in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The Abbotsford location, the company’s first in British Columbia and ninth in Canada, will increase the local supply of the company’s products and improve customer service.

“The need for storm water drainage products continues to grow in many applications and in many regions," said Bob Klein, Executive Vice President, Sales for ADS. "This new yard is another example of our commitment to having local inventory to meet our customers’ water management needs wherever they might need it.”




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Profile Products Acquired by Platte River Equity

Profile Products LLC, an environmental solutions company providing soil, water and vegetation management solutions used by customers ranging from international mining companies to golf and sports complexes to retail lawn and garden centers, announced its acquisition by Platte River Equity, a private equity firm focused on driving growth in niche middle market industrial companies. The new owners plan to continue building Profile Products’ business, in collaboration with the current company leadership, through both organic growth and strategic add-on acquisitions.

Profile Products will continue to operate with the same management team, 200+-employee workforce, and existing locations in Buffalo Grove, IL, Conover, NC, Blue Mountain, MS, and Limestone, TN

Profile Products Celebrates 1 Million Hour Safe Hours

Employees at Profile Products' Conover, North Carolina manufacturing facility recently celebrated one million consecutive safe hours without a lost-time accident. The milestone event continues a streak that began more than seven years ago on February 13, 2008.

The Conover facility held an employee celebration on July 21 and was recognized at the state level for its commitment to safety with its seventh consecutive Certificate of Safety Achievement Award from the North Carolina Department of Labor. Profile Products was also recognized for the third time as a Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Employer, an honor it will maintain through June 10, 2017.

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U.S. EPA Settles with Caltrans and General Contractor for Polluting Lake

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a pair of settlements requiring the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and its general contractor, the Tutor-Saliba Corporation, to pay $80,000 each to resolve violations at the Antlers Bridge Replacement project site on Interstate 5 near Redding, CA.

EPA inspected the Antlers Bridge site in 2011 and 2013—in response to concerns raised by the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board—and found that Caltrans failed to prevent polluted stormwater runoff into Shasta Lake in violation of the State of California’s Construction Storm Water General Permit and the federal Clean Water Act.

Caltrans discharged approximately 33,000 pounds of sediment to Shasta Lake, according to EPA estimates. In addition to paying the penalty, under the State’s General Permit Caltrans must continue to install and maintain erosion and sediment controls.

Tutor-Saliba, one of the nation’s largest general contractors, discharged a total of 8.5 gallons of diesel fuel, 50 gallons of hydraulic fluid, and hundreds of gallons of dewatering slurry to the lake on 25 instances between 2011 and 2013. These self-reported leaks or spills were not covered by a state or federal National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit.

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Porous Pave, Inc. Adds Three New Distributors for its Pour-in-Place Permeable Paving Material

Porous Pave, Inc. has added three new distributors in the U.S. and Canada for Porous Pave, the company’s highly porous, flexible and durable pour-in-place pavement material. The new distributors are Napa Valley Materials (California), Brico Services (British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan), and J&J Porous Pave (Ontario).

An eco-friendly green building product, Porous Pave infiltrates stormwater on-site, reduces the volume and slows the velocity of peak stormwater flow into storm drains and storm sewers, decreases erosion from runoff, filters out water pollutants, and recharges groundwater. Engineered with 29 percent void space, Porous Pave allows water to permeate through its surface, filter down through the compacted aggregate base on which it is poured, and then seep into the soil. Porous Pave XL consists of 50 percent recycled rubber chips and 50 percent stone aggregate with a moisture-cured binding agent. Porous Pave XLS is 100 percent recycled rubber chips with a more elastic binder.

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New Board of Directors Announced for Plastics Pipe Institute

The Plastics Pipe Institute, Inc. (PPI), the major trade association representing all segments of the plastic pipe industry, installed its new board of directors for 2015 at the group's recent annual membership meeting. Patrick Collings of Lane Enterprises was named Chairman of the Board, a two-year appointment. The board also includes David Fink of WL Plastics, Vice Chair; Michael Pluimer of Crossroads Engineering Services, Advisory Council Chair; and Peter Zut of Krauss Maffei, Treasurer. Past Chair is George Zagorski of Blue Diamond Industries, LLC.

Working with division chairs, the association’s president and legal counsel, this group governs the institute, overseeing its business.

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