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IECA announces 2015 Most Distinguished Technical Paper

News | September 10, 2014 | By:

Jay Sprague’s paper cited; presentation at EC-2015

The Denver-based International Erosion Control Association (IECA) announced in a Sept. 10 press release that “Evaluating Floating Surface Skimmers” has been named the winner of the Most Distinguished Technical Paper Award for the Environmental Connection (EC) 2015 show.

The paper was submitted by James E. (Jay) Sprague, a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC), is the laboratory director of TRI Environmental’s Denver Downs Research Facility (DDRF) in Anderson, S.C.

The annual IECA award recognizes presenters who have demonstrated excellence within the content of their Environmental Connection technical presentations.

The press release noted that “Sprague has been involved with implementing large‐scale test methods, including the construction and maintenance of the state-of-the-art facilities” at DDRF.

After working on the DDRF construction as a college intern in 2006, Sprague completed his degree in agricultural economics at Clemson University and then spent the next three years specializing in agricultural, erosion control, and sediment control products as a market development manager with Pennington Seed Co., according to the release.

Now, as the lab director at DDRF, Sprague supervises a staff of technicians, directs all site operations and testing, and is responsible for implementation of TRI’s quality systems throughout all lab operations.

“I am thrilled and honored to receive this award,” Sprague said. “The technical paper will describe a new technology required by recent EPA regulations-floating surface skimmers. It will also show how to evaluate their performance and how to use them in designing pond dewatering systems,” he said.

The press release said that IECA will recognize all of the 2014 Awards of Environmental Excellence at its annual conference and exhibition-Environmental Connection 2015, Feb. 15-18 in Portland, Ore. The 2015 event is co-located with the Industrial Fabrics Association International’s biennial conference, Geosynthetics 2015.

Source: IECA

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