In This Issue
Southeast Chapter Board

J.P. Johns, President
Phone: 864 -315-3844

Mike Perez - Vice President

Melanie McCaleb, Past President
Phone: 919-412-7537

Wilson Borden, Treasurer
Rich McLaughlin, Secretary
Kim M. Kline, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 970-846-9015

State Representatives
J. Blake Whitman - AL
Hal Lunsford - FL
Victoria Cheplak - GA
Matt Powell - KY
Ted Sherrod - NC
Jay Sprague - SC
Chris Todd - TN
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The Southeast Chapter is seeking State Updates, Upcoming Events, Technical Articles and Case Studies for the next newsletter from industry professionals who can contribute their knowledge, share their expertise and research, and provide innovative solutions relating to:
  • Erosion & Sediment Control.
  • Surface Water Restoration.
  • Stormwater Management.
  • MS4 Management.
  • Other topics will be considered....

Southeast Chapter of IECA Launches New Website
Greetings Southeast Chapter of IECA Friends and Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the launch of the new Southeast Chapter website, designed with a fresh new look and user-friendly navigation, updated with the latest industry information.

Our website builds on our organizational mission, "To foster natural heritage resilience through education and training in erosion and sediment control, stormwater management, and stream protection and restoration."  As you review and use this revitalized website, you will find that it is redesigned to help us fulfill that mission.

The Southeast Chapter website will be updated regularly with blog posts, member profiles, current topics, special announcements about the annual conference and other vital news. We encourage you to check the website on a regular basis, and spread the word to others.
About Southeast Chapter IECA
The Southeast Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) represents a large area of the United States - Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. The international organization is the global resource for information on erosion and sediment control, and the Southeast Chapter is your local source for information that is important to you.
September 6, 2017
A Note from the President
Annual (IECA) Southeast Chapter - South Carolina 
Erosion Prevention & Sediment Control Training and Field Days

th Annual Training
Thursday September 28th, 2017
Denver Downs Research Facility
Participant Reg Form
Vendor Reg Form 

Greetings and salutations Southeast Chapter members! I hope the summer has been eventful and enjoyable for everyone. Fall is in on the horizon, which I know is a relief for  many of us!

The Chapter has many great training events lined up for the Fall of 2017. Please visit our webpage at to view the schedules and dates and remember to check the webpage periodically so you do not miss out on any of our outstanding training opportunities.
We had another very successful Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference in Charleston May 15-17. This unique conference was hosted by US EPA and the Southeast Chapter. Thanks go out to all of those who volunteered and the vendors that provided sponsorships time to this a productive event. We are excite to announce that the 5 th Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference will be held in Chattanooga TN May 21-23 2018. I hope to see all of you there!
I want re-iterate that our Chapter strives to provide the best services for our members. We continue look to provide new local opportunities throughout the Chapter for all members to participate in. These opportunities may include but are not limited to lunch-and-learns and after hour socials with other local members and State Representatives. Please let me, or any of our Officers know if you are interested in helping us with implementing this in your area, or if you have any ideas or recommendation son how we can make this happen.
I look forward to a great Fall 2017!
J.P. Johns, SEC President 2017/2018

State Updates
South Carolina Updates
Annual International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Southeast Chapter - South Carolina
Erosion Prevention & Sediment Control Training and Field Days
10th Annual Training
Thursday September 28th, 2017

Denver Downs Research Facility, 4915 Clemson Blvd., Anderson, SC 29621
Fee Schedule and Detail

Sponsor Registration Fee:
$35 per person before September 15th, $60 between the 16th & 27th. General Registration Fee: $60 per person before September 15th, $80 between the 16th & 27th.

on September 28th is $100, so please sign up ahead!!
Registration will be capped at 135 attendees. Includes attendance for 1 person, snacks, lunch, & 6.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

Questions to:
Joel Sprague, Sr. Engineer, TRI/Environmental, (864) 346-3107 Jay Sprague TRI Environmental, (864) 569-6888, J.P. Johns, Woolpert, (864) 315-3844

James E. (Jay) Sprague, CPESC
Laboratory Director
Denver Downs Research Facility
Texas Research International, Inc. - Environmental Division 

North Carolina Updates
Construction is strong in North Carolina, so that translates into lots of erosion and sediment control implementation across the state. The entire state has experienced good rainfall and soil moisture conditions to promote permanent vegetation establishment throughout the entire 2017 growing season. The only exception occurred in central North Carolina during late July and early August where mild to moderate drought conditions were reported. However, heavy thunderstorms in mid to late August have dropped 1-2+" events over a very short time frame. Construction sites have seen heavy erosion and stress has been placed upon sediment control practices.
Reports from contractors indicate that workers and foremen skilled in erosion and sediment control are becoming more and more difficult to hire. Our industry will likely need more training opportunities for workers entering our scope of practice. North Carolina and other southeastern states have good training venues for this target audience.
NCSU continues to offer erosion and sediment control/stormwater training and certification for contractors, consultants, and personnel working on NCDOT projects. Since the program started in 2006, over 10,000 have attended the training. Folks working in other construction sectors outside of NCDOT also attend the training including, municipal, military, power, and solar. Check out the North Carolina links on the SEIECA chapter's webpage for upcoming training dates.
Construction of two skimmer basins located on I-40/440 in Raleigh provide sediment containment during excavation and grading of this interchange. Photo taken in August 2017.

Keep it between the ditches!

Ted Sherrod, NC Representative 
Kentucky Updates

Kentucky Erosion Control Inspector Training, September 13.
SESWA in Louisville KY October, 11-13

"Protecting groundwater in a karst landscape takes education and prevention" 

The th e Kentucky Division of Water has closed public comments for the newest iteration o f the General Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System Permit.  Issuance is expected soon.

Matt Powell
Florida Updates
There will be a Muddy Water Blues at Kissimmee, FL on Sept. 29th, 2017. This will be erosion & sediment control BMPs technology transfer workshop to provided outdoors by several BMP vendors and suppliers from all over the Southeast Chapter.  This will be a FREE event at no cost for the attendees. Additionally, there will be our two-day class in Florida Stormwater Erosion and Sedimentation Control Inspector's Qualification class on Sept. 27 and 28th. This class will be a FREE. All will be hosted by Osceola County, FL.
All events can be registered for by going to our State of Florida's webpage link: .
 Hal Lunsford, ESIII - Statewide FSESCI Training Coordinator
Georgia Updates

Georgia Association of Water Professionals Stormwater Committee Meeting - Speaker David Dechant with Arborguard Tree Specialists is presenting on The Urban Forest as Green Infrastructure.  The meeting is on Friday September 8 from 11:30 am to 1 pm.  Register at:

Interstate Confluence Conference - meet with Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina peers to discuss water quality challenges, water availability issues, regulatory environment, and extreme event preparation.  The 2017 Confluence theme is:  "Protecting Our Water Resources; Are You Up To The Challenges?".  The conference is September 14-15, 2017 in Charleston, SC.  More information can be found at:

Victoria Cheplak -GA Representative

Biotic Soil Technology for Sustainable Erosion Control, Revegetation and Stormwater Management - Successful Case Studies - Marc S. Theisen, M.Sc., CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSWI
Th e efficacy of Biotic Soil Media is becoming more fully demonstrated as a growing portfolio of successful installations are being documented from inception to completion and then post-completion to monitor improvements in soils over time. Sites with challenging soils or substrates that employ BSM are seeing more rapid and complete establishment of vegetation, reduced erosion, and increases in organic matter through nutrient cycling. Studies by USDA NRCS (2013) have shown that for every 1% increase in soil organic matter, water retention can increase by 16,500 to 27,000 gallon per acre depending on soil type to reduce quantity and improve quality of stormwater runoff.

Successful rehabilitation, reclamation or revegetation of soil and vegetation disturbances from resource extraction or construction related activities require a comprehensive and holistic approach. All too often, the post-disturbance response is concentrated on effective erosion and sediment control measures with little regard to the underlying soils or substrates and their agronomic potential to establish and sustain vegetation. Surveys and observations conducted by the author have confirmed that nearly ¾ of North American erosion control and revegetation project designs fail to test and then prescribe remediation of soils or substrates to foster their ability to establish and sustain vegetation. Moreover, scarcity, cost and quality of suitable topsoil as well as compost and other prescribed soil alternatives can exacerbate the challenge.
Certainly several inches of finely graded topsoil high in organic content, low in salts, heavy metals and phyto-toxins, and flush with nutrients in an optimum pH range would be the preferred growth medium for denuded sites. However, availability of quality topsoil is dwindling and costs are steadily increasing. Compost is generally regarded as the next best alternative to topsoil, but is plagued by many of the same issues as soils - availability and proximity to project sites, cost and consistent quality. The composting process requires careful inputs of carbon- and nitrogen-based organic matter such as "green waste" and animal waste, along with sufficient moisture in an oxygenated environment conducive to aerobic decomposition. Both US EPA and the US Composting Council (USCC) have gone to great lengths to encourage and prescribe testing and specifications for Class A or exceptional quality compost for use in erosion control and landscaping applications. Failure to produce and/or utilize Class A compost high in pathogens, phyto-toxins, free nitrogen, contaminants, heavy metals and other pollutant loads can have disastrous consequences for erosion control projects and stormwater quality.  
Biotic Soil Technologies (BST) is a generic term to describe the emerging field of manufactured growth media containing biodegradable fibers, biostimulants, biological inoculants and other components engineered to cost-effectively increase organic content, accelerate sustainable vegetative establishment and promote regeneration of denuded soils. Biotic Soil Technologies offer several advantages over field extracted or produced soils and their replacements including manufacturing under highly controlled conditions to insure consistent quality control/quality assurance, elimination of weed seed, pathogens and phyto-toxins with documented environmental safety. Further, ease of application through conventional hydraulic seeding equipment in a convenient one or two-step process with various erosion control techniques and the ability to be applied in inclement weather conditions contributing to wet and/or freezing soils make BST a viable alternative to topsoil and compost.
Beyond an introduction to engineered growth media, this publication will present a diverse portfolio of case studies in the US and abroad where Biotic Soil Technologies have been implemented to facilitate successful erosion control and revegetation outcomes - with an emphasis on stormwater quality management.
To request the full paper please contact:
Marc S. Theisen, M.Sc., CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSWI
Vice President - Business Development and Technical Services
Profile Products LLC
Upcoming Events
September 18 - 19
APWA-NC Chapter Stormwater Management Division Annual Conference - Greenville Convention Center
Greenville, NC
September 26 - 28
NCDOT Training in Mills River
Mills River
September 28
(IECA) Southeast Chapter - South Carolina 
Erosion Prevention & Sediment Control Training and Field Days
D enver Downs
Research Facility
October 11 - 13
12th Annual Regional Stormwater Conference
Louisville, KY
November 1 - 2
Clearwater AL, 2017
Mobile, AL
November 15 - 16
Auburn, AL
November 17
Opelika, AL
May 2018
Southeast Chapter MS4 Conference - Details Coming Soon
Chattanooga, TN

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