Top Stories - October 19, 2016


IECA Annual Photo Contest

Get your camera ready because it’s time for IECA’s Annual Photo Contest! As always the contest is FREE to all members, so send us your best photos.

IECA 2017 Annual Photo Contest Sponsor:

Photos will be judged in the following three categories and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be chosen in each category:

Impacts of Erosion and Sediment Control - Criteria

  • 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.?

Before and After - Criteria

  • 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?

Technology in Action - Criteria

  • 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?

Photo Tips: We are looking for high-quality photos with a resolution of at least 300 DPI. This means your photo(s) should be sharp, well-focused with proper lighting. Photos that are out of focus, too dark, too light, grainy or otherwise unclear will not be competitive.

Entries are due on or before December 31, 2016.

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ECTC Announces the Availability of New Temporary RECPs Charts

The Erosion Control Technology Council (ECTC) has recently published a revised Temporary Rolled Erosion Control Products (RECPs) chart of product characteristics. These charts are the result of consensus amongst leading manufacturers of RECPs in the industry and is designed to satisfy the needs of engineers, designers and other end-users of these products. A copy of the charts can be found at

For more information regarding the ECTC contact Laurie Honnigford or go to



NDEP Required to Protect Local Waters

The U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Nevada Department of Environmental Protection (NDEP) have reached an agreement with the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT) to resolve alleged violations of NDOT’s stormwater permit. The agreement requires NDOT to establish a stormwater management program to control pollutants entering waters, spend $200,000 on an environmental project that will provide real-time water quality data to the public and pay $60,000 each to EPA and NDEP.

NDOT will spend $200,000 on a supplemental environmental project to upgrade water quality monitoring devices that will post online continuous monitoring data available to the public. This will provide NDOT, local governments, and the public access to real-time water quality information to help protect Nevada’s waterways.

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Experimental Floating Marshland Tested

A relatively low-tech method of imitating a natural marshland was implemented to help clean freshwater ponds contaminated by stormwater runoff. This research is being funded by St. Tammany Parish Government in cooperation with scientists at Southeastern Louisiana University and the wetlands assimilation company Comite Resources, Inc.

The effort is intended to improve water quality throughout St. Tammany through several water quality initiatives. Included is a project in the Del Sol subdivision of Covington that utilizes an innovative, yet relatively low-tech method of imitating a natural marshland that will help to clean freshwater ponds contaminated by stormwater runoff.

The $222,000 pilot project is a component of the newly initiated St. Tammany Parish stormwater management plan, a project that was launched to help the parish determine the most efficient and effective methods to retrofit other stormwater retention ponds, turning them into water quality enhancers, according to parish officials.

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Profile Products Encourages ‘Spray It, Don’t Spread It’ With Rebate Program

Profile Products is offering $60 per ton in rebates to contractors that successfully convert a project specified for topsoil or compost over to Profile® ProGanics™ Biotic Soil Media™.

ProGanics provides an abundant source of organic material and soil-building components to quickly modify soil chemistry and kick-start the growth establishment. Just two tankloads of ProGanics provides as much organic material and soil-building components as 36 truckloads of topsoil. ProGanics is an engineered solution ensuring every bag is consistent so you don’t have to worry about inconsistencies often found in compost or transported topsoil.

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Land Development Expert Joins Cardno

Cardno, Inc., is pleased to announce that Jeff Vanderdasson has joined the firm as a civil engineer practice leader in the company’s Portland office. He will manage and oversee the civil engineering team’s involvement in land development projects in the Portland area.

Mr. Vanderdasson brings more than 30 years of broad professional experience managing the development of commercial, industrial, single family residential, multi-family residential, and public street projects, including the last two years at a consulting firm for which he served as director of engineering.

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