IECA 2018 Annual Conference and Expo

    Rendering of the completed Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project, site of a field trip during IECA’s 2018 Annual Conference and Expo in Long Beach, Calif. Image: Courtesy of the Port of Long Beach

    The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) will hold its 2018 Annual Conference and Expo — formerly the IECA Environmental Connection Conference — Feb. 11-14, 2018, at the Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, Calif. More than 100 education sessions, including preconference half-day and full-day courses, fireside chats, and new Expo Hall training, provide training and professional development for the expected 1,800-plus attendees from the global erosion and sediment control and stormwater industry. The Expo Hall features more than 130 exhibitors.

    In addition to the preconference courses, education sessions are organized into 10 tracks, including Erosion and Sediment Control; MS4 Management; Stormwater Management; Wetland, Stream Bank, and Shoreline Restoration; among others.

    Featured industry roundtables include the following:

    Perimeter Controls: They May Not Be Effective, But At Least They Are Expensive — Discussions will revolve around types of perimeter controls, design guidance, application, in-field performance, typical failure modes, maintenance requirements, and innovations.

    Enforcement Support Group — An opportunity for the enforcement community to ask peers how they got to their biggest accomplishments and how to avoid embarrassing failures.

    Western Region Featured Sessions include:

    Floodplain, Floods & Restoration in California’s Sacramento Valley

    After Drought, California’s Eternal Water Struggles

    Construction Industry Cost of Compliance with the CA CGP for Stormwater Discharges, 2010-2017

    California’s Secretary for Natural Resources (invited speaker)

    Featured Fireside Chats include:

    Stream Restoration — New Challenges, Opportunities & Trends

    5 Feet High and Rising … A Panel Discussion on Climate Change, Flooding & Impacts to the Stormwater Industry

    Solar Farms: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    Field trips

    Two field tours will be available during the conference. The first is a walking tour of the New Long Beach Civic Center. This building will be in the construction BMP phase during the tour. The tour will address construction BMPs as well as management of stormwater post-construction. The $520 million, design-build-finance-operate-maintain civic center will replace the old city hall and provide efficient new offices for the Port of Long Beach, a new city library, a retail marketplace, and public park.

    The second field tour visits the $1.3 billion Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project, which is creating the world’s greenest container shipping terminal featuring nearly all electric and zero emissions. Using advanced technologies, the new facility will handle twice as much cargo as the two terminals it replaces, while dramatically cutting air pollution. The modernized wharf can handle the world’s largest ships and will strengthen the port’s competitiveness and the local economy.

    Construction began in 2011 and is expected to take about eight years. The first of two phases opened in 2016. Orient Overseas Container Line, a major Hong Kong-based shipping line, agreed in 2012 to a 40-year lease to operate the new terminal through its subsidiary Long Beach Container Terminal. To date the Middle Harbor project has moved more than 5 million cubic yards of material as part of both the cut and fill.


    In an opening keynote session, Post-Wildfire Remediation on Federal Lands, Penny Luehring, USDA Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) program leader, will provide an overview of the effects of wildfires on natural resources and describe the BAER program implemented by the Forest Service and other federal land management agencies. Loss of vegetation and fire-induced water-repellent soils can trigger increased runoff that cause erosion, flooding, or debris flows many miles downstream of the fire. Typical emergency response actions and treatment examples will be described along with examples of longer-term post-fire remediation needs and costs.

    The closing keynote speaker, Andrew Wright, will provide an “inside the Beltway” perspective on the environmental agenda of the Trump Administration and Congress. He will explain the current political climate and what it means to attendees, their businesses, and their bottom line. Wright is an attorney with more than 30 years of experience in Washington, D.C., as a senior congressional staffer, association executive, and lobbyist.

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