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Green Infrastructure Alabama Road-Tripping

I recently completed a training tour bringing a greater awareness and deeper understanding of green infrastructure in my home state of Alabama (seminar description). Anthony Kendrick of Construction EcoServices shared the main stage with me. I focused on the why and big picture elements associated with planning, design, and implementation. Anthony tapped into his broad experience and base[…]

Talk Reveals Culture

Are you an “Erosion Control” contractor, inspector or professional?  Do you design, enforce or review “erosion control” plans?  Is your stormwater program an integrated part of your planning and design process or is it an afterthought?  Do your employees know that their objective is to protect water quality, or do they still think they’re being[…]

Educational Opportunities (free webinar, etc.)

The world of construction stormwater is changing and techniques for effectively manging construction stormwater runoff are getting better every day.  We know that if we aren’t paying attention and not intentionally improving, we could easily be left behind.  Or worse, we could unnecessarily risk our client or employer’s time, money and reputation.  Or, we could miss out on opportunities[…]

Environmental Leadership – Active or Passive Treatment?

After IECA’s announcement of the 2012 Presenter of the Year Award, several of you asked about the content of my workshop.  Attached is a description of the basis for the workshop presented at the IECA Environmental Connection in Las Vegas back in February. The basic message presented during the workshop was that we have an obligation to lead from wherever[…]

THE most effective erosion control BMP.

Limiting disturbance is the single most effective erosion control practice we have available.  In many cases nature has provided the most effective material for minimizing erosion – existing vegetation.  For free!  And by simply preserving this resource, we can save ourselves the money, time and risk inherent to long term temporary sediment control.  If there is[…]

DYING (f)OR STORMWATER?

I recently attended a regional stormwater summit in Spanish Fort Alabama.  Some pretty complex issues regarding regulation, financing and incentives were discussed.  Apparently the deep conversation put my stormwater thinking juices into overdrive. On my way home I passed the scene in the above photo and just had to see what was going on.  I[…]

2012 Clear Water Alabama Seminar and Field Day

This year the Alabama Erosion and Sediment Control Partnership will present this annual event in two locations.  Clear Water Alabama will be held in Huntsville on September 26th & 27th then will head south to Spanish Fort on October 10th and 11th. These events present quality education from a national, state and local perspective.  The[…]

2012 Annual Meeting of the Alabama Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society

The 2012 SWCS meeting will actually be a joint meeting of the Georgia, Florida and Alabama Chapters.  The meeting will be held in the beautiful Lakepoint State Park Resort in Eufala, Alabama. Make plans to attend and check back for more detailed meeting information.  Save the Date and future information may be viewed at the Alabama SWCS Chapter[…]

Spring 2012 Alabama CPESC Review Course and Exam

The Alabama Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society are once again sponsoring the Alabama CPESC Review Course and Exam.  The review course is available for exam candidates as well as professionals looking for continuing education.  The review course and exam will be held on March 21 and 22, 2012 in centrally located Clanton, Alabama. Review[…]