THE best management practice

Communication is by far the most effective, most economical, and most efficient BMP we have available to us. Like other BMPs, we are obligated to implement it to the maximum extent practicable using best available technology. Use of best practices is expected as we plan, as we design, and as we build. We also have obligations to[…]

Professional Development in Alabama

There will be at least three opportunities in Alabama over the next 6 months for CPESCs and other stormwater professionals to strengthen their technical know-how and earn professional development hours. June 12-14, 2013       SWCS – AL Chapter Annual Meeting, DoubleTree by Hilton, Birmingham August 20, 2013        Workshop: Geology, Soils, Erosion and Sediment Control, Alabama Power[…]

What CPESC Means to Me

This year is the 30th anniversary of CPESC.  The certification developed out of a need and an act of leadership on the part of some brave visionaries in 1977. (see CPESC 30th Anniversary Quick History)  We celebrated CPESC’s anniversary at IECA’s EC13 in San Diego two weeks ago.  As a part of the celebration a[…]

Toolboxes, Manuals and Handbooks.

The term “BMP selection” and its practice are reducing our effectiveness and our ability to get better.  When we limit ourselves to off-the-shelf typical details we tend to close our minds and miss out on opportunities for improvement. Being around stormwater management for just a short time makes one realize that there is no one-size-fits-all[…]

IECA Intentional Presenting Webinar Follow Up

This week International Erosion Control Association offered a free webinar titled, Intentional Presenting – Making the Environmental Connection.  The webinar offering was a perfect example of getting your WHAT and your HOW aligned with your WHY (if you haven’t read Simon Senek’s Book, Start with WHY, you should). The WHY: IECA serves its members. IECA serves its professional[…]

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[…]

Without Rain

If we didn’t have rain there would be no construction stormwater discharge; there would be no erosion; there would be no sediment to worry about,with few exceptions.  Without rain there is no need for sediment basins, silt fence or rolled erosion control products.  Without rain, the construction stormwater professional is without problems (but also likely without a job). Rain matters.  Or[…]

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[…]