Contributed by the International Erosion Control Association
This February 10-13, the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is bringing Environmental Connection 2013, its annual conference and expo, back to Southern California – San Diego. Southern California has been the setting for some of IECA’s most successful conferences, drawing crowds of nearly 2,500 civil engineers, consultants, contractors, developers, and government personnel. This year, IECA is expecting more of the same. With world-class education, the largest expo hall of its kind featuring more than 120 products and services from around the globe, and unique events designed to build long-lasting business relationships, Environmental Connection 2013 is a one-stop shop for professionals dealing with erosion and sediment control and stormwater quality.
|"I never leave an Environmental Connection conference without learning something," said Jason Lederer of the Bioengineering Group after the 2011 conference in Orlando. "These meetings are critically important for helping me keep up-to-date on products, developments, and techniques in the erosion and sediment control industry."|
Top-notch continuing education
Attendees at IECA’s annual conference can expect fresh education from some of the industry’s most respected instructors. As the landscape of the erosion and sediment control industry continues to change and evolve, it is even more important to stay up-to-date on the latest techniques. IECA’s peer-reviewed education is sure to have an immediate impact when attendees return to the job with the knowledge they receive at Environmental Connection 2013.
The most popular education format is the full-day training course. This year, IECA will offer training courses on Sunday, Feb. 10, featuring five new courses and updated favorites. Professional engineers and others interested in pursuing or maintaining a professional certification will benefit from the seven Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and 0.7 IECA Continuing Education Credits (IECA CEU’s) awarded for the completion of each full-day training course.
Some courses of interest for civil engineers include:
- 13-1310: Newest Best of the BMPs, with John McCullah, CPESC – Experienced designers and practitioners, pack out your erosion control toolbox with this full-day course with John McCullah (host of "Dirt Time") and learn to "begin your project and erosion control plan with the end in sight!" What is a "stabilized project" and how can you get your Notice of Termination in the shortest and most effective way? Get the answer to these questions and more.
- 13-1406: Developing Healthy Soils and Sustainable Vegetation to Control Erosion and Improve Water Quality, with Brent Hallock, CPESC, CPSS – This practical hands-on training course will help you develop sustainable erosion control solutions to meet ever-changing situations. Focus will be on establishing sustainable vegetation, developing healthy soils that increase infiltration, and implementing Best Management Practices (BMPs) that decrease concentrated water flows and improve the water quality leaving a site. Attendees will develop their own erosion control practices and determine how effectively they perform in a heavy rainfall, leaving with new practices that are sustainable, applicable on your projects, and meet the new construction general permit.
- 13-1407: Fire & Rain: Planning for Post-Wildfire Remediation, with Mike Harding, CPESC – Wildfires can occur throughout the year in the Western United States, but their impacts to human health and safety are further exacerbated by the onset of rain, when fire-loss of vegetation increases the potential for erosion, debris flows, runoff, and flooding hazards. Since the East Bay Firestorm in 1991, Chuck Austin and Mike Harding have assisted in the planning and implementation of post-fire remediation efforts for more than 40 fire incidents across the country and overseas. This course offers a unique opportunity for you to learn from their experience – and from an esteemed group of colleagues that they work with to prevent secondary disasters following wildfires.
- 13-2203: Stream and Riparian Area Investigation, Rehabilitation and Design Workshop, with Richard Fischer, Ph.D., and David Derrick – This course will provide a range of methodologies and procedures for initiating, analyzing, planning, and ultimately designing long-term sustainable river and stream stabilization or restoration projects. The presenters also will combine river and stream restoration with the rehabilitation and management of associated riparian areas to prevent non-point source pollution in streams, rivers, and reservoirs; and consideration for riparian rehabilitation methods that provide for a broad range of physical and ecological functions including water quality improvement, flood storage capacity, habitat and movement corridors, and aesthetics. Innovative, environmentally sensitive, and cost-effective approaches to stream and riparian restoration will be discussed along with a variety of comprehensive case studies.
- 13-3208: Matching the Ideal to the Reality: Construction Stormwater Compliance Monitoring, with Sandy Mathews, CPESC, QSD, and Mike Chase, CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSWI – This presentation will address the challenges faced when monitoring stormwater runoff from construction sites. While focused on the California experience, the presentation will provide practical suggestions for contractors implementing and regulators contemplating construction monitoring programs.
- 13-3209: Designing Post Construction BMPs… from the Cradle to the Grave, with Ted Sherrod, P.E., CPESC, CPSWQ, and Brian Lipscomb – This course will focus on designing BMPs for erosion control and post-construction stormwater control from project initiation, up to and through the operations and maintenance phase. Hydrologic and hydraulic principles and basic equations for design of various stormwater controls will be presented along with example problems and work exercises. The course will present case studies from department of transportation projects across North Carolina. Participants will learn from the experience of a Phase I MS4 with an inventory of several hundred post-construction structural stormwater measures.
- 13-3304: Next Generation Low Impact Development (LID) & Green Infrastructure (GI): Enlightened Policies, Practices, and Programs to Better Meet Today’s Needs, with Larry Coffman – Participants will gain practical working knowledge on the progress of and problems with new LID/GI regulatory policy, design standards, and programs and their application at the local, regional, and national level. Information will be provided on emerging LID/GI technologies, design guidance, alternative financing strategies, and asset management through the use of detailed case studies, pilot programs, and interactive discussions to help adapt LID/GI initiatives to local conditions, available resources, and to best meet regulatory and receiving water needs. Coffman is a renowned national expert on LID/GI and has worked throughout the nation to help jurisdictions develop more environmentally and economically sustainable technologies and programs.
- 13-4405: Tips for Implementing an Effective and Compliant MS4 Program, with Lori Gates, CPESC, CPSWQ, CMS4S, and Heather Buck, CPSWQ, CMS4S – Whether you are new to the NPDES Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program or have experience as a Phase I or Phase II regulated entity, this course will help to expand your knowledge and understanding of the program. What is and is not legally required, keys for successful implementation, and essential evaluations will be covered. This course will be taught from the "how to" perspective and assist those who are facing a regulatory audit or simply wish to learn more about this topic.
Half-day and one-hour sessions
The education program also includes more than 90 half-day and one-hour presentations. These technical sessions are comprised of innovative technical papers showcasing the latest research, inspiring case studies, thought-provoking forums, how-to workshops, and informative poster presentations.
Engineers should not miss these sessions:
An Overview of Active and Passive Treatment Systems: Applications, Designs, Operations, and Costs – This presentation provides an overview of Active and Passive Treatment Systems and will review actual site performance, design considerations, regulatory requirements, and costing.
Flood Channel: A Bypass for the Rhine River, Germany – This case study is about the construction activity in the Lower Rhine river area, Germany, to construct a flood channel that is intended to take up water masses from the Rhine River during flood events and reduce flow velocities. Participants will learn the use of various erosion control measures applied for this large-scale project.
LID Demonstration Project for Seaside Village in Bridgeport, Conn. – This presentation will focus on site investigation methodologies and construction protocols which must be followed to create a functional LID demonstration project.
Successful Urban Stream Restoration: Overcoming project constraints with creativity, teamwork, and purposeful post-construction – Have you ever tried to stabilize and successfully vegetate a thin soil cover over bedrock in an active stream channel? How about when newly stabilized thin soil experiences some of the highest flows on record? How do you ensure regulatory approval of a stream restoration project by the regional stormwater authority – when it is the only thing standing in the way of a new hospital receiving its Certificate of Occupancy? Learn how these and other challenges were successfully overcome with "constructive communication" between the designer and builder.
Restoration of Third and Incline Creeks with Innovative Bioengineering Techniques– This is a course on stream restoration in an urban alpine setting within the highly regulated Lake Tahoe basin. Innovative techniques to create aquatic habitat and reduce bank instability will be covered in detail. Participants will learn about dewatering techniques, monitoring approaches, and benefits of large wood, vegetated coir logs, and aggressive revegetation to restore fluvial function in a constrained system.
Wattle Application on Linear Projects – This course will cover applications and case studies of utilizing wattles for erosion control on linear construction projects. Participants will learn about the principles of wattle function and polyacrylamide (PAM) usage and the benefits and limits of wattles for highway construction and erosion control.
Reinforced Vegetation for Drainage & Erosion Control: Incorporating TRMs into LID – This paper details the importance of vegetated waterways as an effective incorporation of stormwater/erosion control BMPs into LID. The paper explores the importance of using TRMs to reinforce vegetated channels, and material properties of such that enhance vegetative establishment.
Creating a Stormwater Park in the City Meadow of Norfolk, Conn. – This presentation will demonstrate how a stormwater management system can be created to address a water quality impairment, restore degraded wetlands, and create an environmental education opportunity in a municipality.
Condit Dam Removal: Restoration of the White Salmon River – The Condit Hydroelectric Decommissioning Project will result in the removal of the 125-foot concrete Condit Dam and its associated appurtenances on the White Salmon River, a principal tributary of the Columbia River in Washington State. Removal of the dam will open up approximately 18 miles of prime salmonid habitat. Post-removal activities include stabilizing remaining reservoir sediments, planting and restoration of native plants, stream restoration, and wetland mitigation.
Beach Slope Stabilization Utilizing an Integrated Armoring Solution – This case study presentation describes a unique integrated armoring solution for a coastal slope application. The integrated design consisting of vegetated rock marine mattresses, composite turf reinforcement mats, and erosion control blankets was used to re-establish vegetation and protect the beach slope for residential owners on Chabeague Island, Maine. The presentation will outline the site challenges, summarize the solution and results, as well as talk about the cost savings incurred during the project.
Expert Forum: Everything you wanted to know about stormwater regulations but were afraid to ask – Have you ever heard of a regulation or environmental law and thought, "What was the point of that?" Perhaps you have experienced an environmental audit recently and determined that there are perhaps some rule changes of which you are not aware? This forum is your chance to ask expert panelists everything you ever wanted to know about environmental regulations. There are changes on the horizon; what about the NTU limits? Have you wondered what the initiatives behind the stormwater rules are, and how they are going to affect construction moving forward? Perhaps you want to know about your legal rights during an inspection or what you should document when you receive an EPA inspection? This forum of stormwater experts will have representation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, there will be representation from one of the top environmental attorneys in the nation, bringing his experience in legal defense of the Clean Water Act from the last 20 years. Finally, this panel is going to have representation from the construction industry, bringing the perspective of cost and profitability into the mix.
Risk Assessment of Potential Stream Erosion – A new method for rapid risk assessment of potential stream erosion due to hydromodification is presented. The method is useful for consistent classification of stream risk based on a detailed field reconnaissance and several erosion parameters.
After the NOT: The Need for Post-Construction Stormwater Management – Extending the life cycle of the system is obtained through proper inspection at the Notice of Termination (NOT) and implementation of an adequate maintenance and minor repair program immediately after key turnover. In most cases, a proactive maintenance and inspection plan will divert larger repair costs and help reverse the effects of poor or lack of minor repairs.
Relevant Properties for High-Performance Turf Reinforcement Mats for Successful Armoring of Levees – This will be a presentation on relevant properties of high-performance turf reinforcement mats (HP-TRMs) for the purpose of armoring levees. This unique application places additional performance and material composition requirements beyond those offered by standard TRMs to ensure long-term levee protection. Not only must HP-TRMs provide elevated hydraulic performance, they must be capable of standing up to intensive maintenance activities.
Non-Bound Aggregate Solutions for Low-Cost Porous Pavements – This will be a course on porous pavement systems with case studies involving an underutilized solution – non-bound aggregate porous systems. These systems confine aggregate with high-density polyethylene containers. A comparison of these systems with more traditional hard surface porous systems and vegetated porous systems will be presented. Participants will come away with a better understanding of the various available systems and an appreciation for why these non-bound aggregate systems are beneficial.
Low Impact Development: History, Approach, and Applications – Through case studies and hands-on exercises, this half-day course will focus on Low Impact Development (LID), including the building blocks associated with LID, how to measure the effectiveness of LID, types of LID treatment systems, and how to apply LID strategies to residential and commercial applications, as well as discussion on how to implement LID into common land use regulations.
Long-Term BMP Testing of Solutions for Sediment and Erosion Control – Historically, long-term performance data for construction stormwater BMPs have been virtually non-existent. The performance data that do exist are primarily associated with short-term performance test protocols. The need for innovative structures backed by long-term performance data for construction BMPs is essential as increased regulatory requirements continue to hang over the construction industry. Participants will learn the results of long-term testing trials comparing sediment removal achieved by passive BMPs.
Performance Testing of Traditional Slope Erosion Controls – This paper will present detailed results of large-scale standardized performance tests on traditional erosion control systems and then compare these systems to commonly used innovative systems incorporating rolled erosion control products (RECPs) and hydraulic erosion control products (HECPs).
Road Ruts and Potholes… and How to Prevent Them – This half-day workshop presents information on problems (ruts, potholes, etc.) and solutions (best roads engineering practices) for low-volume roads. Focus is on the planning and design topics of surface drainage, natural drainage crossings, slope stabilization, roadway materials use, and erosion control. Environmental problems and mitigations will be discussed.
Determination of Design Runoff – GIS and other tools are widely available and commonly used to determine peak runoff. However, when technology is not available and all you have is a topographic map, then you need to do it yourself. The system presented is applicable for all types of surfaces, from forested watersheds to parking lots.
Combining Engineered and Natural Solutions to Sediment Problems – Bijou Creek is an urbanized tributary of Lake Tahoe and has poor quality runoff. A pump and treat system was developed to prevent runoff from large storms from entering Lake Tahoe. The system collects runoff from the urban core and pumps the water to detention basins and grass-lined swales for treatment.
Comparison of Test Results from Full-Scale Evaluations of Rolled Erosion Control Products – Testing of RECPs has continued to grow in scope during the last several years. Understanding the differences and variability in results between protocols is of utmost importance to the specifier, regulator, and end user. The presentation provides a detailed examination of data from Prototype Scale protocols and assesses the variability between methods.
Check out all 90+ technical sessions at www.ieca.org/sessions
This year’s field tour – Wednesday, Feb. 13, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – provides a look into ModernSpace at San Diego State University, a behind the scenes experience of the construction of the first-ever LEED-Platinum Student Union in the nation. The students of SDSU voted in 2010 to construct a new student union, the ModernSpace. Construction began in June 2011 and is anticipated to be completed in fall 2013. The tour will begin at the San Diego State University Alumni Center with short presentations about ModernSpace, the new student union under construction. The engineer and contractor will speak about the stormwater design elements including the green roof, permeable pavement, and stormwater harvesting. A student representative also will speak about the student body’s involvement with this project and discuss what the LEED-Platinum Certification means to SDSU students. The tour will then head over to the ModernSpace site to see ongoing construction of the building.
Save space in your schedule to check out the Environmental Connection 2013 Expo Hall. Get up to speed on the latest products and services from more than 120 exhibitors. Take a moment to listen to one of the product practicum sessions, giving you an inside look into select products. Attendees also have the chance to win fabulous prizes with the expo hall prize drawings taking place throughout the show. Expo hall hours are Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 11:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Special events and activities
While formal training will always be a cornerstone of Environmental Connection, IECA also works to provide attendees with numerous opportunities to meet and connect with other industry professionals. These events provide a relaxed environment ideal for making new business connections.
Get to know fellow attendees outside the classroom by mingling at the Expo Hall Grand Opening, enjoying lunch with colleagues, or check out the HydRodeo on Monday Afternoon.
Environmental Connection 2013 Golf Tournament – On Sunday, Feb. 10, 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., take advantage of San Diego’s fantastic weather by enjoying a day on the green with clients and friends. The 2013 golf tournament will be held at the Riverwalk Golf Course adjacent to the Town and Country Resort. Cost is $150/person or $550/foursome. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to IECA’s charitable fund, Save Our International Land (SOIL).
Opening reception – Also on Sunday, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., ring in your time in San Diego with Sunday’s Opening Reception. Share stories with other attendees or meet up with old colleagues over appetizers and cocktails.
Opening Session and Keynote Address – Two-time IECA Presenter of the Year Award winner Barry Fagan will deliver Environmental Connection 2013’s keynote address on Monday, Feb. 11, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Come discover for yourself why Fagan has earned rave reviews year after year.
2013 HydRodeo – Round up some fun at the 2013 HydRodeo (Monday, 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.)! This annual classic invites attendees to compete in a "rodeo" where tying up wattles in the wattle doggin’ race, passing the buck, and Hydro-jousting are some of the events. Come out to cheer your fellow attendees or sign up onsite to participate.
Expo Hall Reception – On Tuesday, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., enjoy appetizers and drinks in the expo hall to celebrate the opening of the Environmental Connection 2013 expo hall.
CPESC 30th Anniversary Beach Bash – If you were present for IECA’s 40th birthday party in Las Vegas at EC12, you can expect a repeat of the fun and excitement enjoyed by all. If you happened to miss the event of the year, don’t be left out again! Join IECA on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., for an extravaganza honoring Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control’s (CPESC) 30th anniversary. The bash will be complete with fabulous food, drinks, entertainment, and cash prizes.
IECA is heading to sunny Southern California
All Environmental Connection 2013 activities will be held at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center. Environmental Connection 2013 attendees can expect a world-class experience in San Diego surrounded by palm trees with convenient access to the city’s top attractions. Only minutes away from San Diego’s vibrant nightlife and its famed beaches and destinations, the family-owned property is renowned for its hospitality and tranquil environment.
After a great day of education at Environmental Connection 2013, attendees can hop aboard the light-rail trolley which stops only steps away from the Town and Country for easy travel to additional San Diego sights such as The Gaslamp District, PETCO Park, Seaport Village, Horton Plaza, USS Midway, and Old Town San Diego.
For more information on Town and Country Resort and Conference Center and transportation options from San Diego International Airport, visit IECA’s website at www.ieca.org/travel
Training courses for Environmental Connection sell out every year. For the best selection, register early.
An unlimited number of full conference and expo hall passes are available, but don’t wait to register onsite. Registration lines can be long, especially Monday and Tuesday. To save time, register using IECA’s secure, online registration form. For more information or to register for the conference, visit www.ieca.org/engineering
All Environmental Connection 2013 activities will be held at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center, only minutes away from San Diego’s vibrant nightlife and its famed beaches and destinations.