The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) will be hosting its annual conference, Environmental Connection, Feb. 21-24, 2017, in Atlanta. This is an unparalleled opportunity to learn the latest knowledge and experience advancements in the field. Connect with thousands of colleagues, internationally renowned instructors, and industry experts for four days of learning, collaboration, and innovation. With peer-reviewed education, the largest exhibit hall of its kind featuring more than 130 products and services from around the globe, and unique events designed to build long-lasting professional relationships, Environmental Connection 2017 is the ideal place for industry professionals dealing with erosion and sediment control and stormwater quality.

IACET CEU certified education courses

Attendees of IECA’s annual conference can expect the latest education from some of the industry’s most respected instructors. As the landscape of the erosion and sediment control industry continues to develop, it is even more important to stay well-versed on the latest techniques. IECA’s peer-reviewed education is sure to have an immediate impact when attendees return to their jobs with the knowledge they receive at courses and technical sessions offered at Environmental Connection.

Full- and half-day training, held Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel, features 11 courses specifically for engineers. Professional engineers and others interested in pursuing or maintaining a professional certification will benefit from the Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and IACET-certified IECA Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) given after completion of each full-day training course.

Featured full-day training (credit: 0.7 IACET CEU/7 PDH) includes the following:

  • Effective SWPPP Development for Designers and Reviewers — Instructors: Jerald Fifield, Ph.D., CPESC, CISEC, and Tina Evans, P.E., CISEC, CPESC
  • Key Elements for Effective MS4 Construction & Post Construction Programs — Instructors: Lori Gates, CPSEC, CPSWQ, CMS4S, and Heather Buck, CPSWQ, CPMSM
  • Scour Analysis for Streambank Stabilization — Instructor: Dennis Richards, P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE, F.EWRI
  • Predicting Water Erosion and Sediment Deposition Rates on Construction Sites using RUSLE2 — Instructor: David Lightle, CPESC   

Featured morning half-day training (credit: 0.4 IACET CEU/4 PDH) includes the following:

  • Making It Work: How to Properly Construct Low Impact Development Stormwater Management — Instructor: Kyle Vander Linden, MES   
  • Managing Water Quality During Construction — Instructors: Rich McLaughlin, Ph.D., and Melanie McCaleb, CPSEC
  • Stormwater Compliance for Contractors — Strategies for Building a Successful Project — Instructors: Randall Shuey, CPSEC, CESSWI, CSS, and Joe Koziell
  • Developing Decision Matrices for Selected Erosion Prevention, Sediment Control, and Stormwater Management BMPs — Instructor: Dwayne Stenlund, CPESC

Featured afternoon half-day training (credit: 0.4 IACET CEU/4 PDH):

  • Developing Decision Matrices for Selected Erosion Prevention, Sediment Control, and Stormwater Management BMPs — Instructor: Dwayne Stenlund, CPESC
  • Practical Guidance on Inspecting and Maintaining Low Impact Development Stormwater Infrastructure — Instructor: Dean Young, MES
  • Protecting Water Quality: Innovative Post-Construction Stormwater Management — Instructor: Ryan Winston, Ph.D., P.E.

For more information and a complete list of half-day and full-day courses, visit

Following the preconference program, Environmental Connection will kick off with world-renowned meteorologist Jim Cantore. In his presentation — “Is the Sky Falling?” — Cantore will discuss current weather patterns and what we can expect from the future.

Over three days, Environmental Connection provides peer-reviewed sessions comprised of technical papers showcasing the latest research, inspiring case studies, thought-provoking forums, how-to workshops, and poster presentations by the industry’s up-and-coming young professionals.

This year, IECA is offering three field tour options. For the first time ever, IECA is offering a full-day pre-conference field tour on Tuesday, Feb. 21 (attendance for this event is sold separately from the full conference pass). On Thursday, Feb. 23, attendees have the option to tour Atlanta’s green infrastructure (admittance ticket required). On Friday, Feb. 24, attendees can tour construction at the Atlanta’s Braves Stadium (admittance ticket required).

For more information and a complete program for Environmental Connection, visit

Education continues in the exhibit hall

IECA’s Environmental Connection exhibit hall features the latest products and technological advancements in erosion control and stormwater management. The exhibit hall allows attendees to compare products and get answers to questions from more than 150 companies, both domestic and international.

Additionally, a Town Hall allows attendees to view a job board or post a résumé, visit their local chapter, and vote for the photo contest. Back by popular demand, the expo hall will once again feature two relax bars, complete with a masseur and massage chair.

On Thursday, Feb. 23, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., an opening reception with appetizers and drinks celebrates the opening of the Environmental Connection 2016 expo hall. The opening reception sponsor is L&M Supply.

Registration tips

Training courses for Environmental Connection sell out every year. For the best selection, register early.

Full conference and expo hall passes are available, but don’t wait to register onsite. Registration lines can be long, especially Wednesday and Thursday, and onsite registration costs are higher. To save time, register using IECA’s secure online registration form. For more information or to register, visit

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