IECA International Erosion Control Association DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE THANK YOU EDUCATION MEMBER SPOTLIGHT News Getting Standards and Practices on the Same Page S everal years back, I voiced my opinion to IECA’s leadership about the lack of standardiza-tion in our industry. It’s frustrat-ing as a professional to have multiple names and designs for the same prac-tices, the only difference in these prac-tices being the location of the regulating agency. I also have been frustrated by the fact that we—meaning IECA and its members—are the erosion and sediment control industry’s professional organiza-tion. We should be setting the standard for the industry. We should be the ex-perts—the “go to” organization. Don’t get me wrong—I truly believe we are that organization. But we need to con-tinue to fill in the gaps, and one of these gaps is providing the industry with ho-listic and accessible information on best management practices and designs. Defining IECA’s Role In an effort to determine the best course of action for IECA’s involvement with erosion and sediment control standards and practices, the board of directors agreed during its February 2011 meet-ing that a Standards and Practices Task Force would be developed. We recog-nized that some effort already had been put towards this task, and that other or-ganizations were working toward a level 8 EROSION CONTROL WWW.EROSIONCONTROL.COM of standardization as well, including the American So-ciety for Testing and Materi-als (ASTM) and the Erosion Control Technology Council (ECTC). The IECA Board request-ed that a “white paper” be developed by the task force to address appropriate op-tions for IECA’s involvement with standards and practices. In March, April, and May, individuals from a broad cross-section of IECA’s mem-bership convened as part of this task force. Product manufacturers, regulators, designers, and researchers were includ-ed, and members were the following: Beth Chesson, Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc. (chairperson); Tom Schnieder, Stormcon LLC; Chris Marr, ESI Resource Services; Julie Etra, West-ern Botanical Services; Mark Theisen, Profile Products LLC; Jett McFalls, Texas Transportation Institute; Sandy Mathews, Larry Walker Associates; Rich McLaughlin, North Carolina State Uni-versity Soil Science Department; Rebec-ca Kauten, Iowa DNR Urban Watershed & Monitoring Project; Sandy Salisbury, Washington State Department of Trans-portation; Greg Balzer, CalTrans; and Beth Chesson, CPESC, CPSWQ, serves on the IECA Board of Directors and is a member of the Executive Committee and Government Relations Committee. Roger Singleton, Silt-Saver. The findings of the Standards and Practices Task Force are summarized below: • IECA should be involved with ero-sion and sediment control standards and practices. • IECA should coordinate with other organizations so that efforts are not overlapping or conflicting. Specifi-cally, coordination should occur with ASTM and ECTC.