Reno, Nev., February 9-12

This is the premier educational event for the erosion and sediment control industry. Environmental Connection combines intense, full-day training courses with topic-focused technical sessions, and the largest expo of its kind.

Over four days, Environmental Connection provides peer-reviewed education, products and technology that address eight technology sections: slope stabilization, stream restoration, vegetative establishment, stormwater management, wetlands technology, erosion and sediment control, beach and shoreline stabilization, and wind erosion technology.

For complete show information, visit www.ieca.org.

Special Events and Activities

International Attendees Reception
Sunday, February 8, 5 p.m.
Atlantis Hotel and Casino
We invite members of our international chapters and attendees visiting from outside the U.S. to stop by this special reception. All other attendees arriving on Sunday are encouraged to help us welcome our international attendees. We will be serving light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments with an international flavor. Admission to this event is complimentary for preregistered attendees. Please indicate that you will be attending on your registration form or online when you register.

Dinner Groups
Sunday, February 8, 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Meet at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino
Attendees to cover individual meal expenses.
This unique opportunity allows groups of attendees to come together over a great meal. At registration, attendees can sign up for this informal networking activity by restaurant preference and meet with other industry professionals from the newest to the most experienced for a good conversation over dinner on Sunday evening. A special thanks to the Western U.S. Chapter for their contribution with the restaurant selections.

Monday Field Tour: You Take the High Road
Monday, February 9, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Julie Etra, CPESC, and Barbara Santer
Included in full conference registrations and Monday-only registrations.

The year 2011 marks the goal completion date for the extension to highway I-580 that will connect Reno to Carson City. The planned extension covers 7.5 miles, includes seven bridges and will be the largest free-span bridge in northern Nevada. Don’t miss your opportunity to get a rare glimpse inside this extensive project as the instructors take you from the classroom to the project site. They will discuss their roles in providing specifications for erosion control and revegetation, along with other specifications for aesthetic treatments. You must preregister to attend. Space is limited.

SOIL Fund Benefit Denim & Diamonds Dinner & Auction
Monday, February 9, 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Atlantis Hotel and Casino
$150 per person

Join us Monday evening for a casually elegant evening at the Atlantis with dinner and a live auction hosted by James Ridgway of ESCN.tv. All proceeds for this event will go to IECSs charitable fund, Save Our International Land (SOIL). The mission of the SOIL Fund is to provide a permanent funding source for programs and projects that improve environmental quality through education, research and applied technology. The Fund has most recently worked with Engineers Without Borders on a project in Ecuador.

Expo Grand Opening Celebration
Tuesday, February 10, 4 – 7:30 p.m.
Exhibit Hall

Included in full conference registrations, Tuesday-only registrations, three-day Exhibit Hall passes or Tuesday-only Exhibit Hall passes.

Join us for the grand opening of the EC09 Expo. This event will give you a chance to preview what the expo has to offer while you enjoy a full dinner buffet. Exhibitors will be on hand to help you find the best solutions for the on-site issues you face everyday. This will be the place to be on Tuesday evening, so don’t miss the fun!

Chapter Challenge
Monday-Thursday, February 9-12
The entire conference
Free for attendees

We’re taking the Chapter Challenge to a new level at EC09. In honor of the endurance and survivor challenge of today’s marketplace, EC09 will feature a survivor competition. Chapter representatives will compete in a series of activities throughout the week that will test mental and physical strength. Each team will collect pieces to a puzzle with each challenge. Each piece collected gets competitors one step closer to solving the puzzle and achieving the title of Challenge Champions. Join us throughout the week to cheer on your Chapter as we hold: a Geo-Caching Challenge, Sudoku Survivor, Arm Wrestling Tournament, an Expo Hall Scavenger Hunt, along with other events. See your Chapter Leadership for sign-up information.

An Afternoon at Cabela’s
Monday, February 9, 12 – 4 p.m.
Meet at the South entrance to the convention center. Buses will be running continuously.
Free for attendees

We invite you to take the afternoon and spend some time at America’s premier outdoor and sporting goods store, Cabela’s. In addition to great shopping, Cabela’s features a restaurant, fascinating displays and aquariums, antique gun section, an indoor archery range, and a carnival-style shooting gallery. EC09 will be running buses every 30 minutes to and from Atlantis. Transportation is included with your conference registration.

Virginia City Tour
Wednesday, February 11, 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Meet at the main entrance to the convention center.
Included in the base conference registration fee, the one-day Wednesday base fee, or the spouse registration fee

At the peak of its glory over 100 years ago, Virginia City was an energetic mining town with gold in every hill. We invite you to take a tour and experience the charm and history for yourself. Enjoy a ride on the Virginia City Trolley Tour, travel through the mines of Virginia City or explore the “Way it Was” Museum all with time to explore many of the other historical landmarks and shops Virginia City has to offer. Includes transportation and box lunch.

Post-Conference Ski Tour-Mt. Rose Ski Area
Friday, February 13, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Meet at the South entrance to the Atlantis Hotel and Casino.
$150

Unwind after EC09 by hitting the slopes of Lake Tahoe’s highest resort, Mt. Rose Ski Area. Explore 1,200 acres of fresh powder, a variety of trails for every skill level and a charming lodge at the base of the mountain. Only 30 minutes away from the Atlantis and downtown Reno, this expedition is not to be missed! Includes transportation and single-day lift ticket. Equipment will be available for rental.

Schedule

Saturday, February 7
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Leadership Training: Board of Directors and Chapter Invitees
1 – 5 p.m. Board of Director’s Meeting
Sunday, February 8
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Chapter President’s Meeting
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Board of Director’s Meeting
1 – 2 p.m. Professional Development Committee
1 – 3 p.m. FAST Committee
2 – 3 p.m. Technical Committee and Chapter Advisory Committee
3 – 7 p.m. Registration Open (Sunday Registration at Atlantis Hotel)
3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Past Presidents and Awards Committee
4 – 5 p.m. International Reception
5:30 – 8 p.m. Dinner Groups
Monday, February 9
7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Registration Open
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Climate Change and Sustainability, Government Relations and Finance Committee Meetings
8 – 8:30 a.m. Morning Coffee Service
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Technical Sessions/Training Courses
12 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and General Membership Meeting
12 – 4 p.m. Exhibitors: Heavy Equipment Set-up
1 – 5 p.m. Cabela’s Tour
5 – 6 p.m. Chapter Meetings
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. SOIL Fund Benefit Denim & Diamonds Dinner and Auction
Tuesday, February 10
7 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Registration Open
7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Economic Research, International Development and Membership Committee Meetings
8 – 8:30 a.m. Morning Coffee Service
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Exhibitors: Set-up
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Technical Sessions/Training Courses
12 – 1:30 p.m. Awards Luncheon
5:15 – 8 p.m. Expo Grand Opening Celebration
Wednesday, February 11
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration Open
8 – 8:30 a.m. Morning Coffee Service
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. General Session
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Virginia City Tour
9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Technical Sessions/Training
10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Expo Open
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch in the Expo
Thursday, February 12
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. SOIL Fund and Standards and Practices Committee Meetings
8 – 8:30 a.m. Morning Coffee Service
8 – 11 a.m. Registration Open
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. EC10 Exhibitor Presale Meeting
8:30 – 10 a.m. Technical Sessions
10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Expo Open
11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch in the Expo
Friday, February 13
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. CISEC, CESSWI, CPESC and CPSWQ Exams
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Post-Conference Ski Tour

EC09 Education

The road to success begins EC09. Connect with the brightest minds in the erosion and sediment control industry at EC09 for unparalleled education that fits your needs. From streams and wetlands to home building and roadways, EC09 has training courses and technical sessions presented by field-seasoned professionals familiar with your issues and concerns.

Customize your education
EC09 offers a variety of formats to help you customize your education and meet your training goals. Mix and match to get the full conference experience while you earn continuing education units (CEUs) and professional development hours (PDHs) for your professional certification.

Full-day training courses
These courses are the perfect way to improve your skills in erosion control or stormwater management while receiving the PDHs or CEUs you need to earn or maintain your professional certification.

These are full and half-day training courses offered Wednesday and Thursday, in addition to the Monday and Tuesday schedule.

Monday, February 9
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

  • EC54: Wind Erosion and Dust Control-Identifying the Difference and The Remedies
    Presented by: Robert Coulson
    Morning half-day course, included in your base registration

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • EC-10 How to Write and Implement SWPPP to Meet NPDES Requirements
    Presented by: Jennifer Hildebrand, CPESC, CPSWQ
  • EC14: The Best of the BMPs: Application, Implementation and Maintenance
    Presented by: John McCullah, CPESC
  • EC19: Theory in Practice: Wind Erosion Control Prediction System (WEPS)
    Presented by: David BG. Walker, Ph.D., CPESC, P.Ag

Two-day course

  • EC20: Soil-Loss Estimation for Construction Lands Using RUSLE 2.0
    Presented by: Dr. Terrence J. Toy, Ph.D.

Two-day course

  • EC21: CPESC Exam Review
  • EC25: Principles and Practices for Constructed Wetlands
    Presented by: Rusty Schmidt
  • EC32: Designing for Effective Sediment & Erosion Control on Construction Sites
    Presented by: Dr. Jerald S. Fifield, Ph.D., CISEC, CPESC
  • EC33: Post-Construction, LID and Smart Growth as Stormwater BMPs (Planning and Design 101)
    Presented by: Mike Novotney
  • EC35: Sustainable Native Plant Establishment, Bioengineering and Success Monitoring Methods
    Presented by: Tom Williams, M.A., CPESC
  • EC37: How to Design Natural Channels Using Principles of Geomorphology
    Presented by: J. George Athanasakes, PE
  • EC53: Hydrology and Hydraulics for Non-Engineers
    Presented by: David T. Williams, Ph.D., P.E., PH, CFM, DWRE
  • EC55: Low-Volume Roads Engineering Best Management Practices
    Presented by: Gordon Keller

1 – 4 p.m.

  • EC31: Digital Data Collection fro NPDES Compliance
    Presented by: Jay Riggs, CPESC, CPSWQ
    Afternoon half-day course, included in your base conference registration

Tuesday, February 10
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • EC13: Low-Impact Development (LID): Hands-on Design, Installation and Maintenance 102
    Presented by: Jay Riggs, CPESC, CPSWQ
  • EC21A: CPESC Exam Review Course
  • EC30: Theory in Practice: Wind Erosion Control Prediction System (WEPS)
    Presented by: David G. Walker, Ph.D., CPESC, P.Ag

Two-day course

  • EC32A: Designing for Effective Sediment & Erosion Control on Construction Sites
    Presented by: Dr. Jerald S. Fifield, Ph.D., CISEC, CPESC
  • EC40: Soil-Loss Estimation for Construction Lands Using RUSLE 2.0
    Presented by: Dr. Terrence J. Toy, Ph.D.

Two-day course

  • EC43: Soil Microbiology
    Presented by: Timothy Flynn, Ph.D.
  • EC45: Regulatory Construction Compliance-What Side of the Silt Fence Are You On?
    Presented by: Dr. Donald Gray
  • EC56: Ex-Streams Case Studies-The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
    Presented by: John McCullah, CPESC
  • EC57: Advanced Inspector Course
    Presented by: Alex Zimmerman

Wednesday, February 11
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • EC10A: How to Write and Implement SWPPP to Meet NPDES Requirements
    Presented by: Jennifer Hildebrand, CPESC, CPSWQ

Thursday, February 12

  • EC28: Certified Erosion, Sediment and Stormwater Inspector (CESSWI) Exam Review Course
  • EC48: Certified Inspector of Sediment and Erosion Control (CISEC) Training Modules

Technical Sessions

New at EC09: Offered Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, these shorter, topic-focused sessions will help you expand your knowledge in specific areas of erosion and sediment control and stormwater management. With over 50 sessions to choose from, dabble in the unfamiliar or explore new ways to conquer your current problems. These sessions consist of five different formats:

  • Technical papers
  • Case studies
  • Training workshops
  • Forums
  • Poster presentations