The 2017 IECA State of the Industry webinar will provide insight into the state of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA), a perspective on the current labor shortage, a discussion on extreme weather’s industry impact, a look at US Regulations and a review of Canadian Standards. This event will be moderated by Wesley Zech, IECA’s Board of Directors – Education Vice President and Joanna Fetherolf, IECA’s Director of Education. With a membership of over 2,000 professionals, IECA is the foremost professional organization for the field of erosion and sediment control and stormwater management. IECA’s mission is to provide education, networking, and research for industry professionals.
Paul Emrath, Ph.D., Vice President for Survey and Housing Policy Research for the National Association of Homebuilders will discuss the evidence of labor current shortages in the construction industry, using results from government and NAHB’s own builder and remodeler surveys. Paul will also present historical results that show how the shortages are particularly acute relative to where we are in the housing recovery, and discuss how builders have reacted to the shortages.
Phillip Reagin, Director of Sales with BMP Supplies, will discuss current weather patterns, what impact this is having on the stormwater industry, and how we might look to the future to prepare for what’s next. From massive hurricanes to devastating wildfires and severe drought, our industry is battling how to deal with the extreme weather that is a global trend into today’s world.
Jimmy Christianson, Regulatory Counsel with Associated General Contractors of America, will discuss the latest water regulatory and policy changes at the Trump Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as well as water and environmental legislative action on Capitol Hill.”
Brian Zupancic is a senior project manager with CSA Group will be providing an update on the work that the Canadian Chapter of IECA, working together with CSA Group, has been doing to develop a three-part suite of erosion and sediment control standards. The first standard, dealing with inspection and monitoring, is currently under development and will serve as the main focus of the presentation. Particular attention will be paid to the way in which the standard addresses a common set of criteria for identifying “qualified” inspection personnel, and how it shifts the industry paradigm with respect to turbidity monitoring. Brief comments will be shared that highlight the structural organization of the stakeholders involved in writing the standard, the role of CSA Group, and the status of forthcoming ESC standards.
The presentation will be followed by a question/answer session so you will have an opportunity to engage with the panel of experts to get your questions answered.