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Top Stories - February 26, 2015


NLMRW Workshop Call for Presentations

The Northern Latitudes Mining Reclamation Workshop (NLMRW) is a collaborative effort between the Alaska Department of Natural Resources and the Mineral Resources Branch of the Government of the Yukon aimed at shedding light on the unique issues facing reclamationists in the North. The workshop will take place August 21 - September 3 in Juneau, Alaska.

NLMRW is in need of presentations on the subject of reclamation, remediation and related topics that affect the unique climate and ecosystem of northern locations. Abstracts (up to 500 words) should be submitted by March 31, 2015 to Justin Ireys (Justin.Ireys@alaska.gov). Authors of accepted papers will be notified by May 1, 2015. Full papers (up to 10 pages) are required for all accepted abstracts by June 26, 2015. Accepted presentations of papers (presentation and pdf version) should be provided to Justin Ireys no later than August 15, 2015. These technical sessions will be presented September 1st & 2nd, 2015.

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Nilex Expands Footprint by Acquiring Utah-Based Geosynthetics Distributor

Nilex Inc. has announced it has acquired Salt Lake City, Utah-based geosynthetics distributor GeoDynamics. With this deal, Nilex – an Executive Council member of the Geosynthetics Materials Association (GMA) – gains a foothold in the Utah, Idaho and Nevada markets. The company already has US operations in Denver, CO which serves Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Wyoming and Montana.

GeoDynamics was founded in 2002 by the late Kevin Kent and his wife, Judy. The company quickly became a leading supplier in Utah and surrounding states, working with manufacturers such as North American Green, Mirafi, Profile Products and, more recently, Tensar.

The company will carry on operations at its current location in Salt Lake City, UT and will continue to be known as GeoDynamics (by Nilex) for the foreseeable future.

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EnviroCert Announces Canadian License Agreement

EnviroCert International, Inc. (ECI) Board of Directors is pleased to announce ECI has completed a two-year negotiation and entered into a licensing agreement with Erosion Sediment Control Association of Canada (ESCAC).

ECI has found that local entities such as ESCAC provides a more tailored approach to local governmental rules, practices, and issues. However, the depth and breadth of knowledge as well as diversity provided by ECI on an industry level provides an organization such as ESCAC and their registrants many benefits. The most important of these benefits is being associated with ECI, an organization that is the international gold-standard and largest certifying body in the stormwater community. The official signing of the license agreement was held at the Embassy Suites Portland Hotel February 17, 2015 at the IECA R1 2015 National Environmental Conference.

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Propex™ Announces New Director of Marketing for Geosolutions

Global geosynthetic and erosion control solutions leader Propex Operating Company, LLC announces the appointment of Andy Durham, PE as Director of Marketing for Geosolutions. Durham is a registered professional engineer with more than 16 years of experience in consulting, technical sales, and product management in solutions for civil and geotechnical engineering applications.

As the Director of Marketing for Geosolutions, Durham will focus on strategic initiatives that drive sales of innovative engineered solutions in the water management, earth stabilization, transportation, and energy and resources segments across the globe. Durham will manage market segment leaders and bring emphasis to value-add relationships with engineer, contractor, distributor, and end-use owner partners in the industry. Durham also looks forward to developing unique approaches to installation and performance guarantees of Propex solutions.

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SWEMA Announces New Board Of Directors

The Stormwater Equipment Manufacturers Association (SWEMA) is pleased to announce a new Board of Directors for 2015 – 2016. SWEMA Members have elected Will Harris as President (Oldcastle Stormwater Solutions); Derek Berg as Vice President (Contech Engineered Solutions), and Kevin McKee as Treasurer (Hydro International). The at-large board members are Ernie Carrasco (Rinker Materials), John Moll (CrystalStream Technologies), Gene LaManna (Terre Hill Stormwater Systems) and Shawn Luton (StormTrap, LLC).

“SWEMA has accomplished many of its goals since its inception in 2008,” Honnigford commented. “I look forward to a productive new year and to working with this dedicated group of industry professionals.”

Formed in 2008, SWEMA is comprised of industry experts who volunteer their time to develop educational programs, standards, guidelines and best management practices for stormwater treatment and management.

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Terra Novo’s EarthGuard Fiber Matrix Receives Top Rating From AASHTO

Terra Novo, a leading manufacturer of erosion- and sediment-control products, announces the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) through its National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (NTPEP) has evaluated EarthGuard Fiber Matrix, and deemed the product compliant with work plan requirements. EarthGuard FM -- which posted one of the best results AASHTO has ever reported in slope protection tests -- is now open for use in states where departments of transportation conform to NTPEP standards.

Terra Novo's EarthGuard Fiber Matrix, a hydraulically-applied erosion control product, demonstrated an outstanding soil protection rate and registered high effectiveness in reducing soil erosion. AASHTO's testing of EarthGuard Fiber Matrix showed an exceptional general cover factor of 0.001 -- an unprecedented score.

AASHTO's NTPEP product evaluation provides single source testing of common products used by departments of transportation manufactured to industry standards. NTPEP's findings help state departments of transportation compare product performance.

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Raven Industries Releases New AIA CES Approved Online Learning Course

Raven Industries’ Engineered Films Division (Nasdaq:RAVN), an innovative manufacturer of specialty plastic film and sheeting, has released a new online distance learning course approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (AIA CES). The course entitled “Critical Elements in Specifying Underslab Moisture & Gas Barriers,” is a comprehensive guide covering the critical elements for specifying underslab moisture and gas barriers to create healthy environments in commercial buildings and residential homes by preventing moisture and gas migration including radon, methane, and harmful VOCs. The course is listed under MasterFormat™ division 07000-Thermal and Moisture Protection, 07260-Vapor Retarders.

Raven partnered with AEC Daily, a leading e-learning company to release this free online course available 24/7. The course is accessible through www.RavenEFD.com/aia-ces, as well as the AEC Daily online learning center, which offers users continuing education courses on architecture and engineering topics geared toward the construction industry. These courses are free and approved by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Construction Specifications Institute (CSI), Green Build Certification Institute (GBCI), and many others. The new Raven one-hour course meets Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) content requirements and upon completion, provides participants with 1.0 AIA CES HSW/LU (Learning Unit) Hour.

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Profile® Introduces Most Advanced Topsoil Alternative

Profile Products introduces a patent-pending Engineered Soil Media™ (ESM™) to help establish sustainable vegetation in near-impossible conditions. ProGanics™ Biotic Soil Media™ (BSM™) has proven to outperform other products in the Biotic Soil Amendment (BSA) category.

ProGanics is a sustainable solution designed for any project where soils have low organic matter, low nutrient levels and limited biological activity. Trucking in tons of healthy soil is often very expensive or not possible on challenging and difficult-to-access sites, but ProGanics BSM in place of topsoil saves significant time and money. On a one-acre site, it would traditionally require 36 trucks of topsoil to cover a depth of four inches compared with two, 3,000-gallon capacity hydroseeder tanks applying 3,500 to 5,000 pounds of ProGanics.

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