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Southeast Chapter Board

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

Open - 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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Southeast Chapter Erosion _ Sediment Control Training _ Field Day
Southeast Chapter Erosion _ Sediment Control Training _ Field Day
Thank You Notes from Scholarship Students
Mr. Johns,

I am extremely excited to have been selected as a Student Moderator for the IECA annual conference. What an honor! I can't wait to meet with professionals in the soil and water conservation areas and to learn from the presenters. Thank you for providing assistance to students like me to attend such important conferences.

I look forward to meeting you as well.

Thanks again,


Agricultural Engineering MS Candidate
B.S. Agricultural Engineering '17
University of Georgia

Mr. Johns,

Thank you very much for the generous scholarship opportunity.  The IECA annual conference is a tremendous learning experience, and I am very appreciative of the Southeast Chapter making this experience possible for me.

Thank you,

Dakota Basham, EIT
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Civil Engineering
238 Harbert Engineering
Auburn University, AL



Thanks for the scholarship; it will be extremely useful in covering travel expenses. I look forward to attending the conference and sharing the sediment barrier research conducted over the past year.

See you in Long Beach,

Blake Whitman
Auburn, Alabama
Mr. Johns,

I'm so glad to have the opportunity to attend the IECA conference and to present my research findings.

Best regards,

Mr. Johns,

Thank you so much. I am looking forward to the IECA conference.

Thank you.


Abby Brown

Better Technology, Better Results -
Soil amendments help DOT stabilize steep slopes - Case Study: Cypress Gardens Road

In 2014, SCDOT performed an emergency bridge repair on Cypress Gardens Road in Moncks Corner, S.C. The bridge spanned a railroad track and was flat, with no rise above the grade of the road. After an oversized train caused serious damage, SCDOT constructed an emergency replacement bridge that was much taller. The additional bridge clearance resulted in steep fill slopes where the road was built up to the height of the new bridge.  The total slope area was 1.9 acres, with an average slope of 2H:1V and some steeper areas.  

SCDOT performed seeding per specifications three times in 2014 and 2015 but could not establish permanent vegetation, leading to severe rill erosion of the steep slopes. As a result, an organic matter test was conducted, indicating the soil contained only 0.7% organic matter. The unsuccessful seeding attempts, slope erosion and low organic matter made Cypress Gardens Road a prime candidate for demonstrating the use of soil amendments.

The site was divided into plots to demonstrate three soil amendment treatments: compost, a one-step HBSA and a two-step HBSA. Product applications, along with seeding per SCDOT specifications, occurred on Jan. 21, 2016. Regular site visits were performed every two to four weeks for the next 18 months.

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.

December 20, 2017
A Note from the President
  Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference to be held in Chattanooga, TN  
May 21 - 23, 2018
EPA Region 4 and IECA Region One in collaboration with IECA Southeast Chapter  

G reetings and salutations Southeast Chapter members! I hope the FALL  has been eventful and enjoyable for everyone.

The Chapter continues to have great training events lined up, so please visit our webpage at to view the schedules and dates. Remember to check the webpage periodically so you do not miss out on any of our outstanding training opportunities.
We had another very successful Southeast Chapter South Carolina Erosion & Sediment Control Training & Field Day on September 28 th at TRI Environmental's Denver Downs Research Facility in Anderson, SC. Thanks go out to all of volunteers, sponsors and vendors that provided sponsorships time to make this a productive event. One of the goals of the field day was to provide training and installed product demonstrations for improving the understanding of products and practices in the erosion and sediment control industry through practical application of the products in the field. Another goal was to raise money for the Southeast Chapter Scholarship Fund. I am proud to announce that we were able to raise enough funds to send five students to the IECA National Conference in Long Beach this coming February 11-14th 2018. These students are:
  • Blake Whitman, Auburn University
  • Dakota Basham, Auburn University
  • Rachel Collier, University of Georgia
  • Abby Brown, North Carolina State University
  • Shaddy Alshraah, North Carolina State University
We are also excited that the 5 th Municipal Wet Weather Stormwater Conference will be held in Chattanooga TN May 21-23 2018. This unique conference is hosted by US EPA and the Southeast Chapter.   I hope to see all of you there!
I want re-iterate that IECA and our Chapter are striving 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 2018!
J.P. Johns, SEC President 2017/2018
The Chapter Meeting at EC18 is scheduled for Monday, February 12, 2018, 5:00 - 6:00 PM ,  
in Room 101A

State Updates
South Carolina Updates
Annual International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Southeast Chapter - South Carolina

The 2017 IECA Southeast Chapter Erosion & Sediment Control Training & Field Day was held this year on September 28th, 2017 at TRI Environmental's Denver Downs Research Facility in Anderson, SC.  This was the 10th annual event hosted by the Southeast Chapter IECA at TRI Environmental.  The event attracted over 250  attendees, vendors, and sponsors, and was a huge success!  The theme of this year's program was "New Products and Innovative Ideas," and consisted of a morning session of technical presentations and an afternoon session of field demonstrations.  The morning technical sessions covered topics ranging from case studies from SCDOT to innovations is erosion and sediment control testing practices.  The afternoon session provided a chance for vendors to show off their new products in field trial scenarios, and gave attendees the opportunity to see new and innovative erosion and sediment control products in action!  Attendees observed and discussed new perimeter control technologies, innovative anchoring systems for sediment retention fiber rolls, silt fence technologies specializing in hydrocarbon removal, and rip-rap alternatives for outlet scour protection.  All attendees were awarded 6.5 PDH credits for their attendance, and valuable knowledge of innovative new products and ideas in the erosion and sediment control industry.  The IECA Southeast Chapter would like to thank TRI Environmental for hosting, and the vendors, sponsors, and attendees of this year's event for making it all possible.  Stay tuned to IECA for information on the 2018 IECA Southeast Chapter Erosion & Sediment Control Training & Field Day!

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

North Carolina Updates

In cooperation with the NC Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) and North Carolina State University (NCSU), the IECA-SE Chapter hosted a fall workshop for erosion and sediment control professionals on December 5th. Over 140 design engineers, scientists, and practitioners attended the event held at NCSU's McKimmon Center in Raleigh; this is the second annual workshop spearheaded by the IECA-SE Chapter.

The workshop's theme centered around, "Innovative Erosion and Sediment Control Design," and used a one-half hour format for 14 presenters.  There were many topics covered, including design and inspection, research results and applications, forestry practices, and design-build contracting.  Perhaps a highlight was the presentation by two of the state attorneys who prosecute violators, who provided advice on how to stay out of their crosshairs.  Evaluations by attendees were quite positive and they appeared to like the relative fast pace of the day due to the 30 minute presentation time.

Vendors also attended the event to share their technologies and products with the attendees.

Julie Coco, PE, CPESC, State Sediment Program Engineer, with NCDEQ commented that the presentations were wonderful and Dr. Rich McLaughlin posted pdf versions to the event website for participants.

The IECA-SE Chapter stepped in to facilitate this workshop when the NC Legislature cut funding and positions that supported educational efforts targeted at erosion and sediment prevention on construction sites.

The NC representatives for the IECA-SE Chapter are now looking ahead to host two workshops per year. Plans are to hold an event in the western part of the state at the Hickory Convention Center on April 10, 2018 and a fall workshop, perhaps in Raleigh.
Keep it between the ditches!

Ted Sherrod, NC Representative 
Long Beach Updates - Southeast Presenters
Monday, 2-12-2017 
From: Auburn University 
Presenter: Dakota Basham 
Location: 101A 
Time: 9:10-10:10 
Title: Design, Construction, and Calibration of an Apparatus for Large-Scale Testing of Catch Basin Inserts (CBIs)

From: Auburn University 
Presenter: Blake Whitman 
Location: 101A 
Time: 2:50-3:50 
Title: Full-Scale Performance Evaluation of Various Non-Woven, Wire Backed Silt Fence Installation Configurations
From: Woolpert and SCDOT
Presenters:, John Martin, CEPSCI, CSPR
Location: 102A
Time: 1:40 PM - 2:40 PM J.P. Johns PE
Title: Has My MS4 Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Program Made Measurable Progress after 15 Years?
Tuesday, 2-13-2017
From: Profile Products and Woolpert
Presenters: Marc Theisen, M.Sc., CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSWI, J.P. Johns PE
Location: 103A
Time: 9:10 AM - 10:10 AM
Title: IECA's 2018 Technical Paper of the Year | Inspection and Data Collection Protocol to Monitor Performance of Biotic Soil Technology  
Florida Updates
Florida Muddy Water Blues 
Feb. 2nd, 2018 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
The latest in erosion and sediment control.

Hear from professional speakers and talk with experts in erosion & sediment control for Florida. Best environmental workshop for the Tampa Bay Area!  

A FREE DEP Technology Transfer Workshop for Erosion and Sediment Control BMPs 
The Florida Muddy Water Blues Workshop is an indoor and outdoor technology transfer program which is offered by the Department of Environmental Protection in partnership with SUCA, R.H. Moore & Associates, St. Petersburg College, local cities and counties, and the erosion and sediment control industry within the area. The workshop is primarily designed to help planners, designers, developers, contractors, inspectors, and citizens interested in learning more about erosion and sediment control practices and products to help improve water quality during and after construction activities. 
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

Please contact Victoria if you are interested in organizing a Lunch and Learn of Networking Social Hour in 2018.

Victoria Cheplak -GA Representative
Tennessee Updates

Definitions Matter

The TDEC Division of Water Resources recently pulled back an in-house, unadvertised policy that would have affected a number of larger construction sites across the state.  Over a period of months, the Division personnel decided to define the Construction General Permit (CGP) term "stabilized" as meaning "grass growing," even though the year-old permit left this term specifically undefined.  There are references, however in the permit that list several things that constitute "stabilized."  A significant, 400+ acre project near Memphis was literally being held up by DWR reviewers because of this policy decision.  Through carefully placed inquiries to the Department heads, the Division reassessed the wisdom, legality, and affects on stakeholders.  They have now clarified that only "actions be taken (seed and straw, etc.) for stabilization before moving onto the next section of disturbance" where the 50-acre rule applies.  The maximum disturbance of 50 acres at one time under the CGP comes into play on larger sites that involve phased disturbance of more than 50 acres, such as the Memphis project noted above.  This clarification helps planners set a reasonable schedule for work items without being at the mercy of living plants.  The Division plans to issue a draft policy for public comment that will provide clear direction to DWR staff when stabilization of a site is in question.
Chris Todd - TN Representative

Evaluation of Anchor Systems Through Full Scale Pullout Testing   - James E. (Jay) Sprague, Laboratory Director and C. Joel Sprague, P.E., Sr. Engineer TRI/Environmental, Inc.
A   nchor systems are a vital portion of any erosion control program tasked with negating the effects of erosive  forces  on  disturbed  soils. Anchor systems are  typically  deployed  in  situations  where  a  rolled erosion control product (RECP) is to be used as the primary erosion control measure.  As more RECPs, especially high performance turf reinforcement matting (HPTRM), are being designed and specified to be used as systems in place of traditional "hard armor" for high erosion risk scenarios, anchor systems have been designed  that  can provide the  pullout  strength  necessary  to  hold  the  HPTRM  systems  in  place under "worst case" conditions.  However, there is no standardized test method used to determine the true "apples to apples" pullout capabilities of the different anchor system designs.  This technical paper aims  to accomplish the following goals:
  • Provide the reader with a background of anchor system use in HPTRM applications;
  • Discuss  the  findings  of  full  scale  research  that  has  been  completed  evaluating  the pull  out strength of different anchor system designs;
  • Propose a standardized test methodology for the evaluation of anchor pullout strength based on the full scale simulation discussed herein and;
  • Encourage the use of further study to determine actual pull out performance of anchor systems in different scenario.
This paper discusses the testing methodology and results of a research program that evaluated the pullout resistance of  several commonly used turf reinforcement mat (TRM) anchoring systems.  The testing was full - scale  and used soils with known mechanical properties.  The results provide quantitative performance differences based on the design, size, and embedment depth of the chosen anchor(s). The paper describes the design, construction, and use  of  the  test apparatus; details the performance characteristics of the anchor systems evaluated; recommends further research; and encourages the adoption  of a standardized  full scale anchor system  pull out test for  the  evaluation of anchor systems designed to be used in turf reinforcement matting installations.

Tillage as a Stormwater Tool - Joshua L. Heitman and Richard A. McLaughlin, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, North Carolina State University
Road construction and maintenance activities can severely impact soil physical conditions and limit their capacity to infiltrate stormwater. Prior research has demonstrated short-term benefits of tillage to reduce soil bulk density and increase surface infiltration rates on compacted soils.  We conducted a study of the effects of tillage and amendments on soil properties, particularly infiltration rates, over several years at multiple locations.
Based on our study, including five trials where infiltration rate and bulk density were measured for a minimum of 24 months, benefits of tillage appear to be maintained for at least two years. Compared to compacted controls, bulk density following tillage was an average of 11% lower than that of control after 24 months or more. This translates into an average increase in soil porosity of 15%. Some small changes were sometimes observed within in the first few months after tillage, but there was generally little change (i.e., increase in bulk density) beyond the first 6 months post-tillage.

Surface infiltration rates with tillage averaged more than three times larger than compacted controls. At a minimum, infiltration rates were just less than double those observed for compacted control fill material. There was not a consistent trend upward or downward in infiltration rates from the first to the last set of observations following tillage. Compacted controls did, however, sometimes show subtle increases in infiltration rate with time.

Upcoming Events
January 17
Erosion and Sediment Control Requirements
Chapel Hill, NC
February 11 - 14
IECA's Environmental Connections 2018 Annual Conference
Long Beach, CA
April 24 - 26
Great Connections and City of Dubuque's 10th Annual Watershed and Stormwater Symposium
Dubuque, IA
May 21 - 23
Southeast Chapter MS4 Conference - Details Coming Soon
Chattanooga, TN

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