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IECA extends abstracts deadline: June 13

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The deadline for presentation abstracts for the International Erosion Control Association’s annual Environmental Connection conference has been extended to June 13, 2015.

IECA is currently accepting submissions for Environmental Connection 2016, Feb. 16–19 in San Antonio, Texas.

Who should submit?

Professionals involved with Erosion and Sediment Control and related issues are encouraged to submit an abstract.
Contractors: Demonstrate effective approaches of installation, equipment, innovations and business management.
Design professionals: Describe new approaches to design challenges, present case studies on difficult projects or explain the latest design tools.
Government personnel: Provide information on regulatory policy or demonstrate the economic and environmental benefits of your programs.
Researchers/inventors: Present the data that advances new technology, explores new concepts and challenges traditional approaches.
Manufacturers: Describe the latest advancements in product technology and applications.

Important dates and information

All speakers are required to register for the conference. IECA will offer a generous speaker discount on the registration fees; however acceptance of your presentation does not include complimentary registration of any kind.

June 13—Abstracts due to IECA

July 10—Instructors/presenters notified of abstract submittal acceptance

August 7—Technical paper due to IECA, conditional abstract re-submittals due

September 1—Technical paper presenters notified of course/paper acceptance

Full- and half-day instructors: Signed instructor agreements with audio/visual requests, biography, marketing paragraph, and instructor photo due to IECA

September 30—Conditional papers due for re-review

December 11—All course instructors: Presentations due to IECA (Ppt. presentations must have acceptable proprietary approval)

January 15, 2016—All full- and half-day course presentations due to IECA. This only applies to those who have no revision to their Dec 11, 2015, submission or conditionally accepted presentations that have had a request for modification

February 16–19, 2-16—Presentation at Environmental Connection 2016 in San Antonio

Suggested content

  • Accounting for pollutant sources in watersheds/where are they coming from?
  • Green infrastructure practices •Rainwater harvesting for flood control and water table replenishment
  • EPA waters of the U.S. rulemaking •Stormwater compliance and meeting project budgets
  • Innovative training approaches/state and local certification programs/are they effective?
  • Challenges and strategies for transportation agency MS4
  • MS4 compliance strategies for municipal good housekeeping
  • Meeting MS4 permit requirements with limited resources
  • Use of drones for inspections/surveys, and associate legal issues
  • Successful implementations of system for electronically tracking environmental commitment

Educational tracks
IECA has developed four educational tracks in which abstracts will be organized for review (these replace our technical sections). You will be asked to select a track during the submittal process:

  • Erosion and sediment control
  • Stormwater management
  • Surface water restoration
  • MS4 management

Types of presentations

  • Technical paper
  • Case study
  • Workshop
  • Forum/panel discussion
  • Full- and half-day courses
  • Poster
  • Product practicum

Learning objectives
Focus on the participant’s learning needs, each objective should be around 10 words or less. Five objectives are required for full-day training courses and three objectives are required for all other formats. Need help writing your learning objectives? We suggest the following resources available to help you:

  • Learning Outcome Guidance Document
  • Verbs from Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Sample Learning Objectives

Commercialism policy
The intent of IECA’s educational programs is to provide peer-reviewed content free from advertising or commercial bias. Instructors will refrain from advertising or promoting their employer or other vendor’s product, company information or any other organization represented during their presentations unless you are presenting a product practicum. If any type of presentation abstract is approved for a presentation at the IECA annual conference, instructors may not use the session time to distribute material that is self-promoting or represents business interests. Company logos or names may be used on one slide, at the beginning of the session. Mention of a company affiliation during the session introduction will be acceptable, but mention of a company affiliation or specific product brand repeatedly throughout will be considered unacceptable promotion.

Peer review
All IECA education content is reviewed by a minimum of three industry professionals who are selected to review based on their active participation in the specific area in which you will be presenting.

Education level
IECA categorizes presentations into one of four levels—basic, intermediate, advanced, or all.

IECA contact information
IECA’s Education Department is dedicated to providing you with as much assistance and information as possible for successfully participating in Environmental Connection 2016. Please refer questions to Joanna Fetherolf: , 303-640-7554 or 800-455-4322.

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