APRIL 2017
President's Message -
Ronald Poe, PLA, CPESC

Ron Poe
I hope everyone is off to a busy and productive spring season. For the Great Rivers Chapter, it has been a busy 2017 and we're looking forward to what the rest of the years!
As you may have noticed, IECA has launched a service of providing stormwater related news articles via email. This news service is called IECA SmartBrief and is a complimentary weekly e-mail newsletter that is specifically aimed at bringing you with information to help keep you up-to-date with the latest news and trends in our industry. News stories are selected from thousands of news sites, blogs, and other sources, and then summarized and linked to the original sources for further reading.
Environmental Connection 17 was held this past February in Atlanta, GA. As always the conference and trade show brought together colleagues from around the world to learn about the latest stormwater and erosion control topics and products. While the trade show is always an exciting part of the conference, the educational sessions that were provided were excellent. The sessions were full (many with standing room only) and the topics were fresh and exciting.
As for the Great Rivers Chapter, we hosted our annual chapter meeting, where we reached out to the attendees from the our four state region to get together for an hour meet each other and just chat about the state of the industry in our area. Our meeting was scheduled for an hour, but we continued visiting for nearly two hours before calling an end to it. Environmental Connection 2018 is scheduled for Long Beach, CA and I highly recommend making the effort to attend.
Also at EC17, the Great Rivers Chapter, along with the Great Lakes Chapter, received awards for Outstanding Innovative Education. The award was given for the two Chapters efforts to collaborate in putting together the Great Connections Conference in La Crosse, WI in July 2016. Discussions are currently underway for the two Chapters to consider hosting another Great Connections in 2018.
And finally, planning is now underway for our Great Rivers Chapter's fall conference. If you have ideas for speakers, venues or anything to help make the conference a success, feel free to contact me or any of our Great Rivers Chapter board members.
Have a great spring season and 2017!
Ronald Poe, PLA, CPESC
In This Issue
Fall Conference
Late October

Save The Date
Saturday, June 17
Ft. Dodge, IA
Farewell to

You are invited to help us celebrate Amy Dencklau's retirement at  Land and Water's Farewell Reception

Join us Saturday, the 17th of June, 2017
The Opera House
1232 Fort Museum Rd, Fort Dodge, IA 50501

Invitation with more details to come.

Do you have photos or other memories with the Land and Water ladies you'd like to share? Send them to us by May 15th and they will be included at the celebration!

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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.  


Born and raised near Melvern Lake in east central Kansas, John Harsch has always had a passion for the environment and all things green. He knew from an early age that he wanted to pursue a career in the environmental sector. In pursuit of his passion, he attended Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in parks and recreation. After college, John started his career by working in the water quality and waste management sectors, solidifying his knowledge of regulatory compliance, stormwater best management practices, and carbon footprint reduction. He has an extensive background working in environmental compliance management and with local, state and federal environmental regulations.

As President of Sustainable Environmental Consultants (SEC), John brings to the business more than 20 years of experience in environmental practices, natural resources and conservation. He leads SEC's strategic planning, operations and business development to position the company as a frontrunner in the environmental arena. Serving several entities in both the agricultural and erosion control arenas, John is especially passionate about SEC's mission to reduce the environmental impact organizations have by recycling locally generated wood chips for use in sediment and erosion control filter socks. SEC manufactures socks in Iowa, Kansas, Kansas and Texas.

As a member of IECA, John has served on the board since 2015. He is also a member of the US Composting Council and sits on the board of directors for SEC. When John gets time away from work, he enjoys spending time on the farm he and his wife built near Melvern Lake and attending his children's sporting events.

2017 Spring Stormwater Symposium
T he 2017 Spring Stormwater Symposium brought together over 100 professionals from both public and private sectors to learn from local, regional and national experts. The symposium focused on examples of stormwater program funding & management, and took an in-depth look into the life cycle of a successful stormwater management project.  Take a look at the full agenda or explore the presentations.
Check out the Presentations from the 2017 Spring Stormwater Symposium!
 The Symposium was a collaboration of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the Nebraska Floodplain & Stormwater Managers Association (NeFSMA), and the Great Rivers Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (GRIECA). Supporting sponsors also include: UNO Center for Urban Sustainability, the City of Omaha Stormwater Program, Douglas County Environmental Services, and Nebraska H20.

J.B. Dixon, CISEC, CPESC  
Upcoming Education 

End of an Era

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