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There’s Still Time To Submit Your Photo For IECA’s Region One 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.

Rules & Guidelines

1. Entries are due on or before January 5, 2015.

2. Photo resolution must be 300 dpi or higher. The higher the resolution, the better your image will appear.

3. Photos will be accepted only in .jpg, .tif, .gif or bitmap formats.

4. You must include a brief description for each submittal. See the entry form for details.

5. Entries will be screened for eligibility. IECA has the right of refusal for any or no cause.

6. Photos may only be submitted for entry to the Annual Photo Content once. Re-entries will be discarded.

7. Individual image filed may not exceed 10 MB in size.

8. Photos must be submitted electronically to: www.ieca.org/photosubmit.

Categories & 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.

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PRESTO GEOSYSTEMS® Offers MSE Retaining Wall Software

Presto offers its free, licensed GEOWEB® MSE design software for GEOWEB geocell wall applications. The software creates vegetated and non-vegetated MSE designs based on the GEOWEB® system for reinforced slopes, and for gravity and geogrid-reinforced walls.

MSE Wall Program Benefits

The easy to use software is based on industry standard design methods and contains specific algorithms that capture the unique interaction between the GEOWEB® system, infill and backfill soil, and geogrid reinforcement and specific factors of safety.

Program Attributes:
  • performs analysis with simple data input screens
  • creates a full graphic design analysis and cross-sectional drawing
  • contains a quick link to Presto’s SPECMaker® Specification Tool, a user friendly online program to build customized CSI-format specifications.
Design Toolkit

The combination of the GEOWEB® MSE and SPECMaker® Tool offers design and engineering firms a fast intuitive toolkit for creating design and specification documents.

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Minnesota Erosion Control Association 2015 Awards

Each year MECA recognizes outstanding individuals and projects. Awards will be presented at the MECA 2015 Conference March 12th, 2015. If you know of a person or a project that deserves recognition, we welcome you to submit a nomination form to the MECA office. The MECA Board of Directors will review nominations and determine which submissions are will receive awards.

Nominations are due by January 10, 2015. You can find more information and a nomination form at http://mnerosion.org.

MECA Charlie Parnell Memorial Scholarship 2015

The Charlie Parnell Memorial Scholarship was established by the Minnesota Erosion Control Association (MECA) in 2007 to recognize the outstanding work and enthusiasm Charlie Parnell contributed to the erosion and sediment control and stormwater field. MECA wishes to award this $500 scholarship to an individual who wants to pursue an engineering or science degree with an emphasis on erosion and sediment control or stormwater management.

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StormTrap, Bio Clean & Modular Wetlands Announce Partnership

StormTrap, LLC, a leading innovator and provider of stormwater management systems, announced that they have entered into a partnership agreement with Modular Wetlands & Bio Clean Environmental, pioneering companies in stormwater treatment filters.

The partnership extends StormTrap's offerings to include Modular Wetlands' & Bio Clean's water quality product lines. In addition, each partner will have access to StormTrap's stormwater retention and detention products. This strategic agreement is part of the companies' commitment to continually provide innovative, sustainable solutions to manage stormwater responsibly and efficiently.

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Call For Applications: ASMR 2015 Memorial Scholarships

American Society of Mining and Reclamation (ASMR) will award three scholarships this year to deserving undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. students (one scholarship at each level) from academic institutions having curricula leading to professions related to reclamation. In addition to a cash award ($1,000 for undergraduate; $1,500 for masters, and $2,000 for Ph.D.), a plaque, one-year student membership, complimentary national meeting registration, and a meeting awards luncheon ticket will be provided.

More information and applications can be found at http://www.asmr.us.

Student Travel Grant Application

ASMR announces the availability of travel grants for ASMR student members presenting a technical paper or poster at the Society's Annual Conference held each year. Grants of up to $250 will be awarded to a limited number of students to support travel to the ASMR National Meeting in Lexington, KY, June 6-11, 2015. For more info, e-mail Dr. Barry Stewart, ASMR Scholarship Chair: brs40@msstate.edu.

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