JUNE 13, 2016
President's Message -
Ronald Poe, PLA, CPESC

Ron Poe
I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, as I'm the Great River's Chapter President for 2016. My name is Ron Poe and my day job is managing the Roadside Stabilization Unit at the Nebraska Department of Roads. Some of our responsibilities include erosion and sediment control design, specifications, and seed mixtures for construction and maintenance projects. We also manage environmental compliance on construction sites, multiple water quality permits and NDOR's vegetation management program. I've spent the past 18 years, immersed in the stormwater industry.
On a personal note, I received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University in May 1993. Go Cyclones! My wife and I have three grown children; Branden, an independent film maker in New York City, Marissa, studying medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, and Jeralyn, who runs cross coutry and track for Michigan State University.
IECA has a couple events in the works that we're pretty excited about. The first is the Great Connections Conference in La Crosse, Wisconsin on July 26-28. Our Great Rivers Chapter has teamed up with the Great Lakes and Northern Plains Chapters to host this event. The planning committee has put together an awesome agenda and numerous vendors will be available to discuss their stormwater related products. Visit the event's website for additional information.
Planning is just beginning for our annual fall conference in Kansas City. This event will be held in late October. Send me an email if you are interested in assisting on our planning committee or if you have a topic that you'd be interested in presenting. More information will be coming out in the near future about this event and you'll also be able to visit our website for additional information.
Here in Nebraska, by the time this newsletter is published, the Public Notice comment period will have closed for four water quality permits related to construction sites and stormwater. A fifth, our General Construction Stormwater Permit, will hopefully come to formal Public Notice in the next few months. As new versions of permits are being considered for release, it takes some time to determine the signficance of any changes to our programs. As IECA members, we are a very diverse group and new permits affect us all in different ways. Regardless of your background, I encourage everyone to review your state's permits and reflect on how these permits impact the work that you do. I know that within my position at NDOR, whenever a new permit is released, it is an opportunity for us to review our entire stormwater program, from design to construction to maintenance, as well as the BMPs that we use.
2016 is shaping up to be a great year and I'm excited about IECA and what this organization has to offer.
Have a great summer!
Ronald Poe, PLA, CPESC

P.S. Did you know Great Rivers Chapter has a new Linkedin page? Please join us there for great discussions and articles as well as event notices.  

In This Issue
Fall Conference
Late October
Country Club Plaza Holiday Inn
Kansas City, MO

Great Connections 2016
July 26-28
Conference Hotel Rate Ends June 27!
Great Connections 2016

The Great Rivers Chapter,  Great Lakes Chapter,
Northern Plains Chapter and The City of La Crosse will co-host Great Connections  in
La Crosse, WI
July 26 -28 2016.

Highlights Include:
  • 5 Certification & Training Courses
  • Over 25 Technical Session
  • Tradeshow
  • Riverboat Cruise
  • Bowling Social
  • Keynote: William Stowe
    CEO and General Manager, Des Moines Water Works
And Much More!

achary Jilek was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, graduating from Omaha North High School in 1999. He continued on to the University of Nebraska at Omaha and received a Bachelors of Science in Construction Engineering in 2003.
       After graduating from college, Mr. Jilek was employed by Thompson, Dreessen, and Dorner as a field construction inspector/civil engineering technician, primarily performing residential/commercial construction observation. During this time, Zach developed an interest in sediment and erosion control, a branch of engineering then new to the Nebraska area.
       In 2004, Mr. Jilek accepted a position with E&A Consulting Group in their newly formed Erosion Control Department.  He soon became a valuable project manager and as the department grew, so did Mr. Jilek's management responsibilities.
       He now heads E&A's Environmental Services Department, supervising a team of five full-time Environmental Specialists who are currently inspecting/managing 130 sites in the greater Omaha metro area.  Mr. Jilek is responsible for SWPPP creations, NPDES Permitting, and Inspections and reporting. Under his leadership, the department has expanded to include industrial permitting and Post-Construction Stormwater Management Annual Inspections in 2009, Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessments (ESA) & Percolation Testing in 2012 and Wetland Delineation/Permitting in 2013.
       In 2012, Mr. Jilek became a stockholder of E & A Consulting Group, Inc. and in 2013; he was elected to E&A's Board of Directors.
       In addition to his degree in Construction Engineering, Mr. Jilek became a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control In-Training (CPESC-IT) in 2005. In 2007, he also became a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) and a Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC). Zach has been a member of the IECA /Great Rivers chapter since 2005.
       Personally, Zach is married to Nicole and they have one son Zachary, Jr. and reside in northwest Omaha. In his spare time, he is an avid hunter and fisherman.
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