Education at Environmental Connection 2014 nvironmental Connection 2014 will be held February 25–28, 2014, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee. IECA is proud to highlight some of its educational courses offered at conference. These courses are organized by tracks: Erosion and Sedi-ment Control, Stormwater Management, Surface Water Restoration, and MS4. ENVIRONMENTAL CONNECTION 2014 E Natural Gas Pipelines—Creative Solu-tions for Right of Way Restoration and NPDES Compliance Instructor: Ken Hurley, P.E.,CPESC, CPSWQ Track: Erosion and Sediment Control Linear projects, especially natural gas pipelines, present many unique con-Evaluation of Inlet Protection Practices struction and restoration challenges. using Large Scale Testing Techniques Such additional constraints as environ-Instructor: Michael Perez, EI mental conditions, cultural resources, This technical presentation will show-threatened and endangered case currently ongoing species, property owner research and large-scale agreements, right-of-way testing efforts focused on SECTION NAME access, water bodies, road improving existing storm crossings, and town/county/ drain inlet protection state boundaries further practices. The study, being compound the project conducted at the Auburn design, pipeline location, University Erosion and Sedi-and existing resources ment Control Testing Facility affected. This workshop (AU-ESCTF), includes the presents several examples investigation of coarse aggre-of linear construction and gate, manufactured devices, common problems associ-sand bags, silt fencing, and ated with pipeline construc-wattle barriers for protecting tion and restoration. These drop inlets during construc-examples will be followed tion activities. Effective by creative solutions and inlet protection practice out-of-the-box thinking that needs, developed testing Night falls and the lights come on in Nashvile. have yielded successful resto-procedures, data collection ration and compliant results practices, and performance for multiple projects. characteristics will be discussed. published specifications and guidance documents for the use and application Assessment of California Construction Evaluating Sediment Barriers of these practices. Although “compost” Runoff Turbidity Sampling Training Instructor: C. Joel Sprague, P.E. is a material widely recognized by the and Results Learn how to characterize full-scale, general public, the particular specifica-Instructor: Jerome Pitt installed performance of commonly tions required for compost blankets This technical paper/presentation covers used check dams under relevant concen-and compost filter socks are not widely current obstacles encountered in train-trated flow conditions. Characterization understood. Recent research has shown ing individuals in collecting and analyz-is based on standardized testing proce-the difference in performance between ing turbidity samples using field turbid-dures developed by ASTM. following state and federal specifica-ity meters. This presentation will further tions for these practices, as opposed to assess related turbidity data collected in Is Compost Quality Important? Research not following them, is incredibly large. California under the State Construction on the Performance of Compliance vs. This presentation will focus on federally General Permit, particularly in relation Non-Compliance of Federal Specifica-published public agency specifications to soil type and USLE K values. Attend-tions for E&SC Compost–BMPs (USEPA, USDA NRCS, US ACE, AAS-Instructor: Britt Faucette, Ph.D., CPESC, HTO) for compost blankets and compost ees will learn some of the training deter-NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2013 EROSION CONTROL 9 LEED-AP Compost-based best management practices (BMPs) used for erosion and sediment control (E&SC) have become widely accepted over the past 10 years. Currently, over 40 state departments of transportation or environmental protection agencies have approved specifications for compost blankets and compost filter socks. Additionally, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), USDA Natural Resource Conser-vation Service (NRCS), US Army Corp of Engineers (ACE), and the American Association of State Highway Trans-portation Officials (AASHTO) have all filter socks, and corresponding research performance data on how these practices perform when specifications are followed versus common specification noncompli-ance in the field.