September 14, 2016
President's Message -
Jonathan Koepke, CPESC

Hello Great Lakes Chapter! 
It has been an incredibly busy year for our Chapter and we are not done yet!
Here is just a brief update from our time at EC16 in San Antonio:

An awesome time was had by all. Full day courses, technical sessions, closing bash and of course the famous Riverwalk made for a memorable time. Some of my highlights included a newly revamped and engaging awards luncheon, walking the exhibitor hall (several times), and catching up with the many professionals that bring their experiences in their regions to the conference.
We didn't stop there! July 26-28, stormwater geeks from throughout Central North America converged in Lacrosse, Wisconsin for training, networking, and a little bit of fun as part of the second, bi-annual Great Connections conference. This year, Great Lakes, Great Rivers and Northern Plains Chapters of the International Erosion Control Association collaborated on this multi-faceted event. Keynote speaker featured Bill Stowe, CEO of the Des Moines Water Works. His time with the group shed light on key issues, details and well-founded insights to one of the highest-profile water quality legal cases underway in the U.S.

Attendees participated in certification courses, a variety of concurrent mid-conference sessions, and a packed house of vendors with the latest and greatest tools and tricks of the trade. A vendor reception included an evening of bowling and camaraderie - quickly becoming a tradition for the event. Funds raised from the bowling event were donated to a family charity of the Land & Water Magazine editors in support of a close relative suffering from ALS - Lou Gehrig's Disease. We closed out the conference with an evening riverboat cruise on the Mississippi on the LaCrosee Queen and a final half day of technical sessions and an exiting on-site tour of BMPs at the incredible I-90 bridge over the Mississippi.

Plans are already underway for another multi-chapter event in 2018. Watch for updates and content from GreatConnections on Facebook and online at  .
And we are STILL not done~
We are having a Fall Workshop in Crown Point, IN at the Lake County Fair Grounds on November 3. A full day of discussions on wetlands regulations for the State and Federal regulations, wetland requirements, mitigation, updates to INDOT stormwater, what to look for on roadway projects, roundtable discussion regarding inspections, the good, bad, ugly, long-term management, funding and much more!
Full details will be forthcoming but if you want to be a part of the planning committee or would like to help sponsor this event please contact us today!
Call for Board Nominations
Keep an eye out for a call for nominations to Board of Director positions with the Great Lakes Chapter. If you have ever considered getting engaged with the chapter and helping to shape its outreach, professional development, and activities; Now is your chance!! The call for nominations will go out in October with elections in November. Stay tuned!
Updates on EC17
Atlanta, Georgia
February 21-24, 2017   
Environmental Connection is IECA's premier educational event for the erosion, sediment control and stormwater industry. Environmental Connection combines intense, full and half day training courses with topic-focused technical sessions and the largest expo of its kind. There are expected to be a lot of new innovations at this years conference as well as a ton of great networking and social opportunities. As always our chapter will meet to discuss event planning, upcoming conferences, and share a few refreshments. If you have been there in the past, you know, EC is the not to be missed event of the off-season!

Jonathan Koepke, CPESC
Advanced MS4 Implementation: Wetlands and Stormwater 
November 3 
Crown Point, IN
8:00-9:00 am Registration, Continental Breakfast, Networking
9:00-10:00 am Morning Session #1 IDEM - Advanced Wetlands Permitting (State)
USACE Chicago District - Advanced Wetlands Permitting (Federal) - (Paul Leffler)
10:00-10:30am Break
10:30-11:30am Morning Session #2:      IDEM - Advanced Stormwater Permitting, municipal, regulations, (Doug Wolf)
INDOT - Stormwater Permitting Updates, updates to the program, - (Donovan Wilczynski)
11:30am-1:00 pm Lunch  
1:00 -2:00 pm Afternoon Session #1 - Contractor Panel:
Wessler Engineering (Mary Atkins) and ENCAP (Ryan Alltop) to discuss on the ground implementation of inspections and permitting for stormwater, self monitoring/inspections, etc. for during construction projects.
2:00-2:15pm Break
2:15-3:45pm Afternoon Session #2: CBBEL - Wetlands Monitoring and Maintenance (mitigation, BMP's, etc.)- (Sarah Wright)
IDEM - New Stormwater Quality In-Stream Monitoring for MS4's - (Staci Goodwin)
BF&S (Reggie Korthals) and LOCAL Municipality - to discuss local Ordinance updates to include GI information and maintenance, fees, long-term management, and funding
3:45-4:00 pm Wrap Up, Surveys, Certificates, Thank You's
In This Issue
Fall Workshop
Advanced MS4 Implementation: Wetlands and Stormwater
November 3
Lake County Fair Grounds
Crown Point, IN
Fall Workshop Co-Hosted

Thursday November 3, 2016 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT
Please join The Great Lakes Chapter of The International Erosion Control Association (GLIECA) Fall Workshop in Crown Point, IN at the Lake County Fair Grounds on November 3. A full day of discussions on wetlands regulations for the State and Federal regulations, wetland requirements, mitigation, updates to INDOT stormwater and much more!
Lake County Fair Grounds, Crown Point, IN

Highlights Include:
  • IDEM, USACE, INDOT Wetlands and Stormwater Permitting
  • Self Monitoring of Stormwater Projects, Inspections, Implementation on the Ground
  • Long Term Monitoring/Maintenance of Wetlands Projects, Long-Term Monitoring of MS4 Stream Projects for Water Quality, Local Ordinance Updates, Fees, Funding, etc for Long Term Management of Projects


ancy Schumm, CWS, CPESC, CMS4S
Schumm Consulting LLC

Nancy Schumm has been working on environmental projects in Northeastern, Illinois for nearly 20 years.  She serves as a link between communities who need environmental project assistance and grants and permit agencies. "I am a member because it gives me an opportunity to learn new techniques, network with my peers and enjoy new places.  And.....our people in this industry are FUN!".


TRIECA 2017 Call for Abstracts
Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and the Canadian Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association  (IECA) are pleased to invite industry professionals to submit abstracts for presentation at TRIECA 2017. The Conference will be held on March 22 & 23, 2017 at Pearson Convention Center in Brampton, Ontario.

The TRIECA 2017 Conference Committee is seeking abstracts from industry professionals who can contribute their knowledge, share expertise and provide innovative thinking relating to the two workshop tracks: 
1.         Stormwater Management
2.         Erosion and Sediment Control (including Stream Restoration and Natural Channel Design).

All interested presenters are asked to complete the Call for Abstract form before Friday, September 30 and follow the Abstract Submission Guidelines. Presenters will be notified by email on October 24, 2016 about their abstract acceptance. Should you have any questions about submitting your abstract, please contact Alanna Fair at .

We look forward to receiving your abstracts!

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