Apr 10, 2017

IECA Presents Volunteer Awards

Award recipients were announced at the 2017 Environmental Connection conference

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The International Erosion Control Assn. Region One (IECA) announced winners for the environmental achievement, outstanding professional of the year and sustained contributor at the 2017 Environmental Connections Conference.  

The Texas A & M Transportation Institute’s Sediment and Erosion Control Laboratory (SEC Lab) Project received the environmental excellence award. Adam Dibble, CESSWI, was named the outstanding professional of the year and Daniel Salsinger, CPESC, was the 2017 sustained contributor recipient.

The environmental excellence award is IECA's premier award. The award recognizes an outstanding storm water and erosion and/or sediment control project, program or operation that demonstrates excellence in natural resource conservation and environmental protection.

This year’s recipient has provided the transportation and erosion control industry with a research and performance evaluation program for procedures, methods and materials used for soil erosion, sediment control and vegetation management. The SEC Lab is a 19-acre full scale, indoor/outdoor facility that has been in continuous operation since 1985. The lab has contributed to ASTM erosion control materials testing specifications and set the international standard for performance evaluation of materials manufactured for erosion and sediment control. The lab’s methodology, scientific design and approach have served as a model for similar facilities throughout the world.

“The SEC Lab has contributed significantly to the body of knowledge related to the effectiveness of alternative approaches to erosion control through its field and laboratory testing programs,” explained Mike Harding, CPESC, CESSWI, QSD who nominated Texas A & M Transportation Institute’s SEC Lab. “For many years, the SEC Lab has been the go-to facility for IECA member-manufacturers seeking to understand the erosion control effectiveness of their products and for those seeking to develop or improve their products for the erosion control industry.”

Adam Dibble, a member of the IECA board of directors, was nominated by Matt Welch, CESSWI, as awarded outstanding professional of the year. The outstanding professional of the year recognizes an IECA member that demonstrates excellence in his or her work and is viewed by IECA peers as an industry leader through significant engagement with the IECA.

“Adam is not a seasoned veteran with years and years of experience,” Welch said. “but he the biggest advocate for youth, professionalism, involvement and support for IECA. Adam didn’t have a background in soils or environmental science like most of the professional designations in our industry. But, Adam took it upon himself to learn the business and the science by getting involved in IECA at both the national and chapter level and becoming an industry content expert. He has the passion and the drive to learn to be truly knowledgeable about the industry. His passion and expertise in marketing opens the door to a new generation of potential IECA members.”

The sustained contributor recipient recognizes a member who provides distinguished service to IECA and has made outstanding contributions to improve the erosion and sediment control industry. Winners have demonstrated leadership by example through long-term contribution to the erosion and sediment control industry and to IECA through one or more of the following: education, government involvement, research, establishment of standards or policies or the development of technology. This year’s winner was nominated by Nancy Schumm, CPESC, CMS4S.

“Dan has been working in the erosion control field since 1995 and has been an IECA member since 1998,” Schumm said. “He has served in a variety of industry leadership roles and for IECA on a local and national level. As a peer-to-peer trainer, Dan exhibits unlimited passion and enthusiasm for the field. Outside of the classroom, Dan is available to answer unlimited questions about resources, ideas and is helpful to novices and professionals about best management practices. His work ethic, and the energy and knowledge he brings to the job inspires others.”