The importance of soil resources: Overlooked and undervalued?

January 19th, 2023

“The thin layer of soil covering the earth’s surface represents the difference between survival and extinction for most terrestrial life.”1 This quote demonstrates the vital importance of soils to human existence, by delivering multiple goods and services to all of society. These soil-dependent benefits include agricultural production (e.g., food, fiber, fodder and biofuels), water storage and […]

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IECA webinar – Innovation in Erosion and Sediment Control: Hemp Fiber and Sheep Wool – October 11 and 12

October 5th, 2022

The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is hosting a webinar on Innovation in Erosion and Sediment Control: Hemp Fiber and Sheep Wool on October 11, 2022 at 3 p.m. MT/5 p.m. ET; and Oct. 12 at 8 a.m. Sydney Time. You can register here. This webinar will look at research into waste wool and hemp […]

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IECA web event – Flocculant Usage in Construction Stormwater Treatment – September 22

September 20th, 2022

A live web event presented by Billur Kazaz, Ph.D., on the Flocculant Usage of Construction Stormwater Treatment will take place September 22, at 1 p.m. EDT. One professional development hour of continuing education credit is available and you can register here. Flocculants provide an innovative solution for managing construction stormwater runoff with their efficiency in […]

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Geosynthetics Conference 2023 short course lineup announced

April 1st, 2022

Jie Han, the Glenn L. Parker Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the University of Kansas, delivers the Dr. Robert M. Koerner Lecture at GeoNashville in Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 4, 2021. Photograph courtesy of Mark Skalny/Mark Skalny Photography The Geosynthetics Conference 2023, Feb. 5–8, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo., will host six half-day short courses on […]

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IECA announces board members

March 21st, 2022

IECA announces new and returning board members at the IECA Annual Conference and Expo in Minneapolis, Minn., in February. New IECA board member Oliver Norton. Photograph courtesy of the International Erosion Control Association The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) welcomed two new members and one returning member to its board of directors at the IECA […]

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IECA recognizes erosion control/stormwater achievers

March 14th, 2022

IECA recognizes erosion control/stormwater achievers by announcing its Awards of Excellence during the IECA Annual Conference and Expo 2022. Western Sydney Airport in Sydney, Australia, winner of the IECA Environmental Excellence Award, will open in 2026. Architectural illustration courtesy of Western Sydney Airport The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) recognized winners of its Awards of […]

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Geosynthetic Materials Association has been busy (more to come)

February 1st, 2022

Eleven leaders from the geosynthetics industry came together in Washington, D.C., Oct. 19–20, 2021, to participate in the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) fall Lobby Day 2021. During Lobby Day, GMA members advocated for specific language related to geosynthetics in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), then under consideration in the House of Representatives. The […]

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Geosynthetics Conference 2023 opens Call for Proposals

December 17th, 2021

Jie Han, Ph.D., of the University of Kansas, delivers the Koerner Award Lecture “Geosynthetic-reinforced column-supported embankments: Bridging theory and practice" at GeoNashville 2021. Photograph by Mark Skalny/Mark Skalny Photography Start making plans to be part of the technical program at the Geosynthetics Conference 2023, Feb. 5–8, 2023, in Kansas City, Mo. This is your chance […]

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IECA and Storm Water Solutions offer webinar on exploring sediment control during inclement weather events

August 24th, 2021

Photograph courtesy of the City of Pacific Grove, Calif. The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) and Storm Water Solutions will host a free webinar, “Exploring Sediment Control During Inclement Weather Events,”on August 26 at 1 p.m. CDT. In this webinar, participants will gain an understanding of how different modes of sediment control affect the discharge […]

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IECA releases design standards for silt fences and sediment basins

August 12th, 2021

Silt fence. Photograph courtesy of WINFAB USA The standards and practices committee has been convened by the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) board of directors to develop standards for the construction stormwater industry. The board recognizes local and regional differences in terminology and design of erosion and sediment control practices. The board also recognizes that […]

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