In This Issue
Southeast Chapter Board
Melanie McCaleb, President
Phone: 919-412-7537

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

Beth McLaughlin, Past President
Phone: 919-628-8508

Anna Massey, Treasurer
Phone: 423-756-7193

Rich McLaughlin, Secretary

Kim M. Kline, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 970-846-9015

State Representatives
Mike Perez - AL

Hal Lunsford - FL

James Moore - GA

Shelby Jett - KY

Ted Sherrod - NC

Jay Sprague - SC

Chris Todd - TN

EC17 Highlights
Over 80 at the Chapter Meeting
Full House at Chapter Meeting - Over 80 Attendees

Earl Norton and Kim M Kline
Longtime Member Earl Norton and Chapter Admin Kim M Kline

Beth McLaughlin and Jim Cantore
Beth McLaughlin and Keynote Jim Cantore, meteorologist from The Weather Channel
Submit Your Knowledge!
The Southeast Chapter is seeking 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....

April 5, 2017
A Note from the President

To my community of colleagues and friends,

First I would like to say "WE ROCK"!  EC17 in Atlanta was a tremendous success and our Chapter Social was the best attended EVER with almost 100 people joining.  I truly hope that those attendees that were not members used that time well to meet some incredible industry professionals and are now joining IECA.  Joining was a decision I have never  regretted. Thanks to everyone.

Secondly, I wanted to take a moment to let you know that I will not be running for another term as President of the Southeast Chapter.  I will be stepping down to assume the role of Past President for a one year term to help the new President adjust.  It has been an honor to work with you for so many years and to be able to foster ideas and relationships.  I am so blessed to have had this experience and hope that the friendships and relationships developed along the way will continue to flourish.  Thank you for always encouraging me and guiding me, as I would not have been able to do this job with you, the Chapter!

Please keep in touch!

With much appreciation and genuine adulation,
Melanie McCaleb, MS, CPESC
(My contact information will not change:)

State Updates
South Carolina Updates
IECA Southeast Chapter is excited to have South Carolina as the host state for the 2017 Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference in Charleston, SC May 15-17, 2017.  Co-hosted by EPA Region 4, IECA Southeast Chapter, and IECA Region One, this event has been a huge success in years past.  IECA Southeast Chapter and its members continue to provide valuable education and training to the Erosion and Sediment Control industry in South Carolina, and looks forward more events in the fall of 2017.

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

North Carolina Updates
Hurricane Matthew had a great impact on many communities and construction sites in October of last year.  Many sites received over a foot of rainfall during a 24-hour period but the flooding that occurred afterwards was devastating.  Many communities will be impacted for months.
Construction in North Carolina is strong.  Following transportation and infrastructure -related construction, the solar sector continues to be a large contributor to commercial land disturbance in the state.
NCSU continues to provide E&SC training for NCDOT personnel, contractors, and consultants. The NCDOT E&SC/SW certification program has been in operation just over ten years with approximately, 10,000 personnel being trained and certified. No other state wide certification is required under the construction general permit, administered by the NC Department of Environmental Quality.  Training classes are scheduled for summer and fall for 2017.  Attendees have classroom and field exercises during the full day sessions for each certification level.  Designers are limited to classroom training.  Certification exams are administered for Level I, II, and III. Attendees from the power and solar sectors, as well as those with municipal E&SC delegated programs, also participate in the training.  
An Erosion, Sediment, and Turbidity Control Workshop is scheduled at NCSU on May 4 for contractors, installers, and regulators; see details for registration here:
Keep it between the ditches!

Ted Sherrod, NC Representative 
Kentucky Updates
Louisville MSD held its annual MS4 Field Day on February 28th.  This event was well attended as there were over 200 participants.  The program covered several topics relating to the MS4 program.  T hese topics included: MSD's Critical Repair and Reinvestment program, Clifton Heights CSO Basin pr oject, Portland Green Infrastructure projects, Urban reforestation, Floodplain management ordinance update and Louisville Metro's Ohio River Flood Protection system.  There were several vendors offering professional services, drainage, seed, retainment walls, and much more.  This was a great event to network and learn the latest about MSD's flood related focus.  PDH's were available to professionals needing credits.

 Shelby C. Jett
Don't Forget to VOTE - Board Elections Close April 20th

It's time to elect your 2017/2018 Southeast Chapter IECA Board.  We are looking forward to a productive year.  Please take this time to review the bios of the individuals that are running for the open positions.  Complete board position descriptions can be found at:  
 The New Board will be Announced at the:

2017 Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference

Hosted by EPA Region 4, IECA Southeast Chapter and IECA Region One

Charleston, South Carolina
May 15 - 17, 2017

Conference Scholarship

I want to thank you for supporting me at EC17 through the IECA scholarship program.  Attending IECA conferences    
a nd roadshows have been an amazing experience and I am very grateful for the multitude of opportunities that IECA h as  furnished me with over the years as a graduate student and young professional.  IECA has provided me with a ton of technic al knowledge, opportunities to share research and advance my presentation skills, leadership development, connection to novel tools of the trade, and of course invaluable networking opportunities.   After graduating this past December, I took a consulting position in  Atlanta, which was made possible directly by a networking connection I made during my first IECA conference as a student back in 2013 in San Diego.  I encourage you to continue promoting and growing the University Partners program as I know first-hand that it can help make a huge impact on a student's professional development.  I look forward to continuing and expanding my involvement with IECA at the regional and chapter level.

Michael A. Perez, Ph.D., EI, CPESC
Stormwater Engineer

Remembering John Holley
4/1/1956 - 03/20/2017
My first "real" job after graduating from NC State University in 1987 was with the NC DENR Land Quality Section.  I fell into the job, really.  Mr. John Holley was the Raleigh Regional Office Regional Engineer with the Land Quality Section.  Some life events become very vivid memories, and I have many of those from my early years with Land Quality Section.  I recall my interview included reviewing a set of plans for erosion and sediment control application.  I was so green! Somehow, I was hired and had the pleasure of working with John and the Land Quality Section for many years. He helped stir a passion in me for my professional direction.  He listened to my whining about contractors that didn't listen.  He coached me in plan review and design tools.  He truly enjoyed teaching others.  When I'd approach him about a different perspective, his eyebrows would raise and he'd say "you're right."  I can't say I've encountered many engineers willing to admit they are wrong. When he was called at work, his greeting was always the same: "John Holley, Land Quality."  I can hear his voice and tone.  I find that so much of the foundation of my career was based upon my experiences with the Land Quality Section and specifically based upon my interaction with and mentoring by John. 
While he certainly leaves behind a professional legacy larger than what I've described here, he also planted personal seeds in my life.  I recall discussions with him about his volunteering with the ARC and how he had compassion for homeless.  I voiced skepticism about giving money to homeless people and he offered how he handled that.  He carried coupons to fast food places that were close to where he knew homeless populations stayed so he could hand those out instead of just money.  That discussion with him stayed with me all these years.  He also often talked about his kids and how he was teaching them early independence and responsibility.  And I would find him in his office often with music playing and him singing - even in the midst of rather stressful things at work. 
Thank you for a life well lived, John.  I'll see you again, and thank you for the seeds you planted.
Beth McLaughlin
"I never viewed John as a regulator, but as a colleague with similar protect and preserve our land and water."
Ted Sherrod

Upcoming Events

April 9 - 13
NASTT's No-Dig Show
National Harbor, MD
May 4
Erosion, Sediment and Turbidity Control  Workshop & Field Day
Raleigh, NC
May 15-17
2017 Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference Hosted by EPA Region 4, IECA Southeast Chapter and IECA Region One
Charleston, SC
June 7 - 9
SWCS AL Chapter meeting
Irondale, AL
June 6 - 8
NCDOT Training in Raleigh
Raleigh, NC
August 22 - 24
NCDOT Training in Raleigh
Raleigh, NC
August 27 - 30
The 2017 PWX
Orlando, FL
August 27 - 31
Bellevue, WA
August 30 - 31
The Water Expo
Miami, FL
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
October 11 - 13
12th Annual Regional Stormwater Conference
Louisville, KY
November 1 - 2
Clearwater AL, 2017
Mobile, AL
CLICK HERE for Addition Events and Details
Keynote - Ron Morales - Warning Coordination Meteorologist
Historical Hyrdrologic Patterns and Extremes, and What We Might Expect in the Next 50 to 100 Years Across Southeast South Carolina and Georgia - A snippet of what you will hear at the conference...

Our Keynote will start with a very brief overview of the National Weather Service, and specially look at what the local office in Charleston, SC does. To first put everything into perspective, the normal/climatological precipitation patterns will be reviewed, including seasonal variations, tidal/sea level effects on flooding, and how larger climate signals such as El Nino and La Nina can impact precipitation amounts across the southeast United States. Next, some recent extreme rainfall events will be presented, along with some challenges they pose to weather forecasters. The presentation will conclude with what we might expect with precipitation patterns and extremes by the end of the 21st century.

Ron is currently the Warning Coordination Meteorologist (WCM) at the Charleston, SC National Weather Service (NWS) Office, and has held that position since July 2008. Ron's job is to ensure the NWS Office in Charleston, SC is serving their customers and partners with the highest quality weather related products and services. In addition, Ron is currently leading a team for the Eastern Region of the NWS to explore how to utilize remote controlled aircraft data for storm damage surveys. Ron's National Weather Service career began back in 1992 as an intern at the National Center for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), in the Washington D.C. area. After his internship, Ron moved south to the Tampa Bay-Florida office, where he served for nearly 11 years as a Lead Forecaster, as well as the program leader for both the tropical, and NOAA Weather Radio programs. From Tampa, FL Ron moved over to the other side of the Gulf of Mexico and became the Science and Operations Officer at the Corpus Christi, TX office from 2004-2008. Outside of work, Ron is married with two young daughters. He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, music, traveling, and flying remote controlled aircraft.

NC's Sustainable Stormwater Program
2 years ago, NCDEQ regulator Mike Randall voiced an idea to APWA-NC Stormwater Management Division and the Stormwater Association of NC (SWANC) board members about developing a statewide stormwater sustainability program. That discussion has blossomed into an initiative supported by NCDEQ, SWANC and APWA to develop the framework for Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) operators in NC.  The following goals have been
established for the Sustainable Stormwater Management Program.
The Sustainable Stormwater Management Program in North Carolina will:
  1. Demonstrate and model success in maintaining NPDES MS4 regulatory compliance while continually improving upon practicable measures to help achieve local, state, and federal stormwater management goals.
  2. Develop and maintain the required organizational and community commitment and resources to implement an effective and efficient stormwater management program.
  3. Lead in transparency, open data reporting, public engagement and collaboration, and results-based adaptive management that benefits the community and watersheds served by the stormwater program, the regulated entity, regulatory agencies, and broader program stakeholders.
  4. Identify and implement program strategies and measures to meet the community's existing stormwater management requirements and needs while anticipating and preparing for the future.
Currently, subcommittees are working on all of the minimum control measures in the NPDES Phase 2 MS4 permit, developing sustainable elements for each minimum control. Sustainable programs include those that routinely identify areas for improvement and root causes of stormwater program difficulties, and then adjust to meet the overall stormwater program goals.  The benefits of becoming a Sustainable Stormwater Program include creating a baseline for each minimum control measure, capitalizing on others' experiences, reporting on stormwater sustainability progress through an online tool, providing more program transparency, and creating consistency at a statewide level.

While the program is under development currently, it is expected to go online in the Fall of 2017.
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