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Top Stories - August 14, 2014


“Great Connections” Made in Quad Cities

Great Rivers and Great Lakes regional chapters of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) converged on the city of Davenport, Iowa for three days of technical sessions, certification courses and field tours showcasing stormwater management practices and stream restoration for the inaugural “Great Connections” conference and workshop, April 29 through May 1 at the Radisson, downtown.

More than 175 practitioners attended, with dozens certifying as professionals in erosion and sediment control, construction site inspection and MS4 management. Keynote speakers included Tom Murphy, former mayor of Pittsburgh and now a fellow with the Urban Land Institute, Phillip Handley, IECA Region One president, Seth Brown, Stormwater Director for the Water and Environment Federation, and Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba.

The week concluded with a field tour of stormwater management practices throughout Scott County, including efforts to improve Duck Creek. Noted geomorphologist Dave Derrick presented both a concurrent session and had projects along Duck Creek featured in the field tour. Brian Stineman, stormwater coordinator for the City of Davenport, worked closely with Derrick on the stream projects. He also played a key role in planning the field tour.

“We were very pleased and proud to host such a high quality event for the stormwater management industry,” said Stineman. “Our community is home to a host of great projects, which served as a perfect fit for the ‘Great Connections’ theme. Whether you are on the riverfront or uphill from a storm drain, it’s all connected.”

The Great Rivers Chapter also made time during the week to acknowledge two key leaders within the Chapter. IECA Executive Vice President Brock Peters and J.B. Dixon, both from the Lincoln, Nebraska metro area, were presented “Tributary Awards” for their years of dedicated service to the Great Rivers Chapter. These two gentleman share this distinction with Dave Derrick, who was also presented a Tributary Award during the 2010 Great Rivers Chapter spring workshop in St. Louis.

Plans are already underway for a 2016 Great Connections Conference in Lacrosse, Wisconsin. “Our chapters share both the Midwestern geography and also our Midwestern culture,” said Jonathan Koepke, president of the Great Lakes Chapter of IECA. “The more we do together, the more we can accomplish. Folks who missed out on this year’s event can plan ahead to join us in Wisconsin.”

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Earn Extra Credit PDHs

IECA is now offering extra PDH credits for members that complete a Magazine Content Quiz. With each Environmental Connection Magazine issue, members can go to www.ieca.org/quiz and complete a content quiz and earn their credit. This means you have four extra credit PDHs to earn in any given year. You're already reading Environmental Connection, so why not get the credit?

Go to www.ieca.org/quiz, where you will see a list of Environmental Connection Magazine issues and/or individual articles that are eligible for PDH credits. If you have already read the issue/article, you can proceed directly to the quiz. Otherwise, click on the issue/article to open it in a new window. Once you have read the issue/article, you will need to take the quiz. You must answer at least 70% of the questions correct to receive your PDH certificate. Hurry! Quizzes are only available for a limited time!

Plus, IECA also recently launched a new level of membership to help young professionals get involved early. Now those just entering into the field can get connected at a discounted membership rate.

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Program Introduces Ways to Create Your Own Oases and Reconnect with Nature

A backyard is a terrible thing to waste, especially when it has the potential to invigorate the surrounding ecosystem. But, what’s a homeowner to do? Beginning this fall, they can call the Pond Stars – a group of some of the world’s best pond builders, who can turn any barren plot into an attractive, inspirational and even, healing oasis.

From the wetlands of Northern Florida to the mountains surrounding California’s San Gabriel Valley, Nat Geo WILD’s latest series introduces viewers to a new type of behind-the-scenes adventure and a number of furry, feathered and scaled critters. Led by longtime pond expert Greg Wittstock, or “The Boss,” the team uses its unique expertise and appreciation for the outdoors to tackle these challenging assignments.

Wittstock, who has successfully developed a childhood hobby into Chicago-based Aquascape Inc. – North America’s leading supplier of water gardening supplies – is joined in Season I by co-workers and outdoor enthusiasts Ed Beaulieu (“The Scientist”), Brian Helfrich (“The Foreman”) and Chris Hanson (“The New Guy”). Together, the team presents more than 75 years of experience in the business, having spent decades both training and educating on backyard redesign. Each team member brings a distinct expertise and personality to the series’ transformations and plays a pivotal role in reconnecting clients with the nature around them.

Pond Stars premieres Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 10 p.m. EDT / 7 p.m. PDT.

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Hitt Named President of East Coast Erosion Control

East Coast Erosion Blankets, LLC, dba East Coast Erosion Control, a privately held erosion control product manufacturing company, has announced that Diane M. Hitt has been named President of East Coast Erosion Control, effective immediately. Ms. Hitt has served as the company’s General Manager for more than 10 years. She has been with the company since its inception and has been a key contributor to the company’s growth and success in the erosion and sediment control industry.

In her new capacity, Ms. Hitt will be responsible for strategic growth opportunities, the development of new programs and products, and directing sales activities. Her unique mix of skills provides the company with the leadership necessary to maintain East Coast Erosion Control’s reputation as a respected leader in the industry and community. Hitt was recently recognized with the Women in Manufacturing STEP Award, which honors women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in the manufacturing industry.

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Brentwood Introduces New Stormtank® Product

Brentwood is extending its stormwater product line with the introduction of the StormTank® Pack to provide a light-duty solution for subsurface stormwater management. The Pack is a cost-effective alternative for non-load-bearing applications and is commonly utilized under landscaped areas such as parks, plazas, and backyards. It is designed for optimum infiltration and integration in bio-retention and rainwater harvesting applications.

The Pack yields a 95 percent void space and utilizes a crossflow media configuration. This allows runoff to spread across the media as it enters the system, evenly distributing stormwater runoff to the base. The Pack can accommodate layout variations because of its flexibility to be cut to any length, and it provides for ease of installation, as it does not require assembly. The introduction of the Pack expands Brentwood’s product offering and provides customers with options for subsurface stormwater management.

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Profile Products, American Excelsior Announce International Partnership

Profile Products and American Excelsior are proud to announce an international sales and marketing partnership. The partnership provides Profile® with a full line of erosion control and turf establishment blankets, and turf reinforcements mats while offering American Excelsior the opportunity to significantly expand its international reach through Profile’s established international distribution network.

The companies will work together to meet the demands of projects throughout the world and will collaborate on new product development. The products supplied by American Excelsior will be marketed under Profile’s legacy Futerra® brand.

Profile is proud to be associated with American Excelsior and its long history of excellence in the erosion control and turf establishment business,” said John Schoch, CEO and President of Profile Products. “We believe that partnering with American Excelsior is a major win for our customers, the industry and both of our companies. Profile operates throughout the world to provide environmental solutions for civil projects of all magnitudes. Our technical sales team is asked to provide solutions under every condition imaginable and with American Excelsior, we can now offer a broader range of options.”

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