Environmental Connection Conference
Feb. 21 – 24, 2017
This is IECA’s premier educational event for the erosion, sediment control and stormwater industry. Environmental Connection combines intense, full and half day training courses with topic-focused technical sessions and the largest expo of its kind.
Over 4 days, Environmental Connection provides peer–reviewed education, products and technology which address four educational tracks:
- Erosion and Sediment Control
- Stormwater Management
- Wetland, Stream Bank, and Shoreline Restoration
- MS4 Management
6 Reasons Why YOU Should Attend Environmental Connection:
- Meet new people: There’s an expected attendance of over 1,500 of the industry’s brightest minds. Connecting with new faces will help you in your career.
- Get top-notch education: You can learn from over 130 presentations of the latest case studies and topic-focused technical sessions.
- Build business relationships: We have numerous networking and social opportunities so you can make connections with future clients or even connect with potential employers/employees.
- Stay credible: Earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) by attending technical sessions.
- Stay ahead of the curve: Keep up-to-date in today’s newest technologies in erosion and sediment control products and services at our two-day expo.
- Support a cause: Attending conference helps to show your support for IECA, which is a non-profit organization that provides education, resource information and business opportunities for professionals in the erosion and sediment control industry.
Who Comes to Environmental Connection?
IECA’s annual conference draws thousands of professionals in the erosion and sediment control industry from around the world each year, including:
- Land Developers
- Home Builders
- Landscape Architects
- Government Agencies
Opening Keynote Speaker – Jim Cantore
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
7:30 – 9:00AM
The Opening Keynote Speaker for IECA’s Annual Conference Environmental Connection 2017 is Jim Cantore, world renowned meteorologist with the Weather Channel. Cantore will discuss changes in weather patterns, predictions for the future and how these changes will affect our industry. What can we do today to prepare for the weather changes over the next 50 years? Cantore will lend his insights on how our industry can prepare for the future in weather.
Jim Cantore is one of the most recognized faces in weather. Known for his live reports from severe weather events, Cantore embodies the passion and knowledge of The Weather Channel. He has covered every major weather event of the past 30 years, including Hurricanes Katrina and Irene and Superstorm Sandy, solidifying his role and the role of The Weather Channel as the leading source for severe weather coverage. Cantore is well known for his animated, tenacious style, both in the field and in the studio.
Closing Keynote Speaker – Craig Zeller, P.E.
Friday, February 24, 2017
2:15 – 3:15PM
The Closing Keynote Speaker for IECA’s Annual Conference Environmental Connection 2017 is Craig Zeller, PE, Senior Regional Project Manager with the EPA, as the closing keynote speaker for Environmental Connection 2017. On December 22, 2008 the failure of an ash dike at the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County, TN caused a monumental environmental disaster where approximately 5.4 million cubic yards (CYs) of coal ash was released over 300 acres that choked the adjacent Emory River, disrupted electrical power, ruptured a natural gas line and water line, and covered a railway and local roadways. Zeller’s keynote presentation will provide attendees a look into this disaster and his experience serving as the EPA’s on-site coordinator for the cleanup and recovery efforts. While erosion control is a key component to every environmental cleanup project, it was paramount to the success of the TVA ash recovery project. A range of proven and innovative BMPs were applied to not only mitigate off-site ash transport to receiving waters, but to also prevent dust inhalation by on-site personnel and adjacent communities. Six years and $1.2 billion later, the ash landfill has been successfully closed, and hundreds of acres of habitat have been restored for ecological and recreational use.
Craig Zeller has a been a Superfund Remedial Project Manager in the EPA’s Region 4 area for 25 years; working on CERCLA issues primarily in the Carolinas and Tennessee. He was promoted to Senior Level Regional Project Manager in 2009 as a result of the $1.2 billion response action associated with the TVA Kingston coal ash recovery project. Zeller possesses significant site experience in contaminated sediments and serves as the Region 4 representative on EPA’s National Contaminated Sediments Technical Advisory Group (CSTAG). We look forward to Mr. Zeller sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience to attendees at this year’s Environmental Connection 2017.
24th Annual Mid-Atlantic Chapter Environmental Conference & Expo
Sept. 19 – 21, 2017
Location: Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Richmond, VA
The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association will be holding it’s 24th Annual Environmental Conference & Expo in Richmond, VA from September 19th-21st. This conference will focus on the four IECA Education Tracks of erosion and sediment control, stormwater management, MS4’s and surface water restoration.
CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSWI & CMS4S Review Courses and Exams will be available.
Professional Development Hours will be provided for all technical sessions.
Reserve the dates of September 19-21, 2017 on your calendar for the Mid-Atlantic’s 24th Annual Environmental Conference & Expo.
Golf Outing: TBD -The MAC golf tournament is always a great way to kick back, relax and network with others in the chapter. As always, we expect a big turnout so make sure to register early.
As more info is formulated about the conference, this event page will be updated. Please check back in Spring/Summer 2017 for more info.