Winners were recognized at IECA’s Environmental Connection Conference in Nashville, Tenn.
Intl. Erosion Control Assn. Region One (IECA) named its 2013 winners for the Environmental Achievement and Sustained Contributor awards. In addition, IECA announced the Environmental Connection 2014 Presenter of the Year award to Barry Fagan, P.E./PLS, CPESC and Jesse Poore, AICP, CFM, for their collaborative presentation Leadership Through Collaboration: It’s Not My Way or the Highway.
Frank Kneib won of the Environmental Achievement Award—IECA’s premier award recognizing an outstanding erosion and sediment control project, program or system that demonstrates excellence in natural resource conservation and environmental protection. Kneib’s project, which began in 2011, involved the construction and operation of tunneling systems for the controlled use of diverted river water in the generation of hydroelectric power lead to large‐scale disturbance of underground rock and soil and the production of huge volumes of turbid waste water streams. Kneib successfully implemented an innovative and environmentally‐friendly approach to the removal of suspended solids prior to the discharge of safe, clear and treated water to the surface in a remote area of a tropical rain forest in central Costa Rica.
IECA named David. T. Williams, Ph.D., P.E., CPESC, PH, winner of the 2013 Sustained Contributor Award. This award recognizes an IECA member who has provided distinguished service to the IECA and has made outstanding contributions to improve the erosion and sediment control industry for a sustained period of time. The recipient must be an active member of the IECA and have held membership for at least 10 years. Always ready to assist others, Williams has conducted many short courses for IECA at its annual conferences since the late 1970s and has been a technical resource to numerous other IECA members. Williams served two terms as president of IECA served two terms as technical vice president of IECA and nine years on the IECA Board of Directors overseeing the development of Erosion Control Standards. He was also an integral mediator in the formation of the Erosion Control Technology Council.
Both 2013 winners were recognized this year at IECA’s annual Environmental Connection Conference in Nashville, Tenn. These awards are selected on criteria that reflect quality, skill and environmental benefits. Winners were selected from responses to a “Call for Entries” process.
IECA also recognized Barry Fagan, P.E./PLS, CPESC and Jesse Poore, AICP, CFM, as the Presenters of the Year award winners for their presentation titled Leadership Through Collaboration: It’s Not My Way or the Highway offered at Environmental Connection 2014. This presentation taught that influence is the essence of leadership and that influence is critical to our industry’s future. Fagan and Poore taught efforts to engage and collaborate with unlikely partners can benefit the team, profession and water quality.