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IECA names winners of its three top awards

News | March 27, 2014 | By:

Environmental Achievement, Sustained Contributor, and Presenter of the Year

The Denver-based International Erosion Control Association (IECA) recently named the 2013 winners of its Environmental Achievement and Sustained Contributor awards and also its Environmental Connection 2014 Presenter of the Year.

The awards were announced during the IECA’s annual conference and expo—Environmental Connection 2014— in Nashville, Tenn.

Frank Kneib was named the winner of the Environmental Achievement Award, IECA’s premier award, which recognizes an outstanding erosion and sediment control project, program, or system that demonstrates excellence in natural resource conservation and environmental protection. Kneib’s project in Costa Rica, which began in 2011, involved the construction and operation of tunneling systems for the controlled use of diverted river water in the generation of hydroelectric power, leading to large-scale disturbance of underground rock and soil and the production of large volumes of turbid wastewater.

The IECA named David T. Williams its winner of the 2013 Sustained Contributor Award. This award recognizes an IECA member who has provided distinguished service to IECA and has made outstanding contributions to improve the erosion and sediment control industry for a sustained period of time. Williams served two terms as president of IECA, two terms as technical vice president of IECA, and nine years on the IECA Board of Directors.

The presenter award from EC’14 went to Barry Fagan and Jesse Poore for their two-man session, “Leadership through collaboration: It’s not my way or the highway.” This one-hour presentation taught that influence is the essence of leadership and that influence is critical to the erosion control industry’s future. Fagan and Poore noted that efforts to engage and collaborate with unlikely partners can benefit the team, the profession, and water quality.

Fagan is an environmental program engineer with the Alabama DOT. Poore is an environmental planner with Felsburg, Holt & Ullevig in Lincoln, Neb.

Founded in 1972, IECA is a non-profit organization devoted to serving as a resource for the prevention and control of erosion and sediment related issues.

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