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Top Stories - April 7, 2014


Great Connections 2014 Fast Approaching

Great Connections 2014 (29 April – 1 May 2014, Davenport, Iowa) is a joint conference and workshop from the Great Lakes and Great Rivers Chapters of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One. The organizers are proud to announce that two of the short course presenters, Barry Fagan and Jesse Poore, have just been named IECA Presenters of the Year.

Fagan and Poore have been recognized by IECA Region One for their presentation on “Environmental Leadership through Collaboration.” They will offer this award-winning half-day short course on April 29.

The combination of Barry Fagan, PE/PLS, CPESC and Jesse Poore, AICP, CFM exemplifies the Great Connections concept: high-quality interaction between public and private sector practitioners whose work is influencing water quality, stormwater management strategies, community action, and more.

In addition to the April 29 short course opportunities, the conference offers a full day of technical, workshop and case study sessions and a half-day field tour (included in the registration). Certification training and exam opportunities are also available. Book your room at the Radisson Quad City Plaza. Learn more at www.GreatConnections2014.com.

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Natural Resources Consulting Firm Joins Davey Tree

The Davey Tree Expert Company has announced its acquisition of Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc., a leading natural and cultural resources consulting company that partners with private sector builders and public works agencies to gain local, state and federal approvals relating to wetlands, streams, forests, and cultural resources.

Wetland Studies’ experts include scientists, regulatory specialists, engineers, permit compliance specialists, archeologists, ecosystem managers, geographic information specialists, and surveyors, all with multiple local, state and national certifications and accreditations. The company is headquartered in Virginia’s first Gold certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) facility.

Wetland Studies Founder and President Mike Rolband will continue to head operations for what will become a wholly-owned subsidiary within the Davey Resource Group, Davey’s natural resource and utility consulting division.

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Be a Presenter at Environmental Connection 2015 in Portland, OR

IECA is currently accepting abstract submissions for education courses at Environmental Connection 2015 in Portland, OR, which will be a co-located event with Geosynthetics 2015.

Presenting at Environmental Connection gives you the ability to share insights and content with your peers, enhance your professional development, learn from your colleagues and gain recognition for your advancements in the field. In addition to expanding your knowledge and developing new professional skills, you will be joining a distinguished group of respected erosion control professionals. The deadline to submit your abstract presentation is May 30, 2014. Presenters are required to send a biography, marketing paragraph, and presenter photo.

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Six Collegiate Students Receive Scholarships From The Professional Grounds Management Society

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has announced its 2014 collegiate scholarship recipients. This year’s recipients are: Matthew McKernan of Kansas State University received $1,600 (sponsored by PGMS member Dr. Cathie Lavis of Kansas State University); Rachel Comte of University of Cincinnati received $1,300 (sponsored by PGMS member Jennifer Gulick of Davey Resource Group); Jeffery Fox of Clark State College received $1,100 (sponsored by PGMS member Dr. Susan Everett of Clark State College); Julia Thome of University of Maryland received $900 (sponsored by PGMS member Ken Ingram of University of Maryland); and Jacob Suissa of University of Vermont (sponsored by PGMS member Rosemarie Leland of University of Vermont) and Clinton Truitt of Gwinnett Technical College (sponsored by PGMS member Gail Zorn of Gwinnett Technical College) both received $550.

Each year the PGMS Scholarship Committee awards scholarships to students in horticulture or related fields. The awards committee looks for students who have solid grades and past or current employment in the green industry, involvement in the industry with apprentice or professional organizations as well as civic projects and outreach programs. The committee also looks for any personal development classes and involvement in sports or clubs. Students must be sponsored by a PGMS member. “The scholarship program is a wonderful way to recognize interns that work for you or college students you meet in the industry,” said Scholarship Committee Chairman Gerald Landby.

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Otterbine Offers New LED Lighting for Fountains & Aerators

Otterbine is excited to announce their new Fountain Glo™ LED low voltage light systems for 2014. Energy efficient, versatile and cost effective these light sets operate a 6.5W LED bulb that is available in bright white (5700K) or warm white (3000K) flood lamp, and offer 80% energy savings over traditional halogen lamps.

Brighter lights and longer cable runs are just a few of the advantage with the new light system. Manufactured from corrosion resistant thermal plastics Otterbine LED light systems come in 2, 4, 6 and 8-light configurations and are recommended for all 1/2HP through 10HP units.

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