IECA International Erosion Control Association CHAPTER DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE Cultivating a Better Environment for the Future THE BELOW QUESTIONS WERE asked in a survey as part of a recent greenhouse floriculture state-of-the-industry report. Industry leaders were asked to answer questions about the “state of things” from their perspective. I feel that the five questions asked are appli-cable to all industries. I have adjusted the below responses provided by Denise Godfrey of Olive Hill Greenhouses to bet-ter reflect the way I personally feel about the state of the erosion and sediment control industry. I believe we should be asking ourselves and our industry these very questions. What do you think? Q: How would you describe the state of the erosion and sediment control in-dustry today? A: Like the rest of the economic sec-tors, we are suffering from decreased demand.We hope to maintain during this uncertainty by looking at old and new ideas and technology; by relying more on relationships and working together with fellow contractors, suppliers and custom-ers to better define and react to what is happening; by taking advantage of op-portunities; and by maintaining a positive outlook in order to overcome adversity and persevere. Q: Has our industry entered a new era or paradigm shift? A: We no longer protect the environ-ment in a vacuum. Construction and engineering design are in the forefront with global warming and the new EPA regulations to decrease pollution in our waterways. The public is having more and more influence on how we protect the en-vironment. We have to defend our choices ofwhatBMP material we use,what instal-lation practices we employ, where we buy our material, and how well our erosion control designs travel in terms of sustain-ability and impacts Chris Marr has served as secretary of the IECA Western Chapter’s board of directors for the last three years and has been nomi-nated to the board for a second term. He is the chair for the Western Chapter’s new Manufacturer Liaison Committee, where he works closely with current and future suppliers to help IECA members get quality products and up-to-date technical informa-tion on new and existing products. Marr is one of IECA’s most ac-tive volunteers, serving as a representative on both the Chapter Advisory Committee and the Membership Team. 8 EROSION CONTROL WWW.EROSIONCONTROL.COM Chapter Director's Message Annual Conference Around the Globe Member Spotlight News to the environment. Q: Has there been a changing of the guard in industry leadership? A: I am thinking it is not exactly a changing of the guard; but rather, there are more reinforcements to fight individual challenges to our multifront battle. When I think about leaders in our industry, I think of the volunteers on chapter boards and committees that devote precious time to make sure members are kept informed on new ideas for our environment. In order to be successful in the future, the industry must have all types of lead-ers employing different techniques and strategies to engage with environmental groups, legislators, the general public, and young students. Leaders need to com-municate our accomplishments, goals, and aspirations to get them excited about the IECA community and to help them recognize the importance of our industry. Our success is more tightly tied to their perceptions and their willingness to help us thrive.