Erosion Control and Management Conference

Davenport, Iowa – Online registration has opened for Great Connections 2014 at .  This is a new conference and exhibition from the International Erosion Control Association’s (IECA) Great Rivers and Great Lakes Chapters. The event will be held April 29 – May 1, 2014, at the Radisson Quad City Plaza in downtown Davenport, Iowa.

Great Connections 2014 is a new conference and workshop co-organized by the Great Lakes and Great Rivers Chapters of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA). The 2014 conference will directly answer the needs of the agencies and operators in the host chapters’ nine states and one province region (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI, IA, KS, MO, NE, and Ontario).  It will also further discussions and market development with and within bordering IECA zones. Great Connections 2014 will bring together contractors, stormwater professionals, designers and planners for a multi-day professional development and networking opportunity between key stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

The three-day event will feature training and information designed to prepare attendees for the construction season and set the tone for longer-range planning on topics such as MS4, active and post-construction stormwater management, construction general permit (CGP) compliance and much more. Storm water, erosion and sediment control, locally-driven policy and education initiatives will be explored. Speakers and content will range from the core focus of the IECA to trends in science and research on surface water quality, stormwater management regulations, and locally-led watershed improvement efforts.

The conference organizers have also announced the keynote speakers:

Tom Murphy, former mayor of Pittsburgh and now a Senior Resident Fellow for Urban Development with the Urban Land Institute, will deliver a talk on how water quality rule changes impact the competitiveness of today’s cities, from infrastructure performance and cost to attracting business and new and sustainable development.

Seth P. Brown, P.E., Water Environment Federation (WEF) Stormwater Program and Policy Director and Executive Editor of “World Water: Storm water Management for Water Environment Federation,” will present on the challenges of managing storm water runoff. He’ll also provide an overview of recent major policy changes and legal rulings impacting the sector.

“This is a great regional opportunity,” says co-chair Jonathan Koepke, CPESC, LEED-AP. “With more than 200 dedicated stormwater and erosion control professionals attending from public and private industry entities, it offers a strong program and community in which to enrich a person’s career, achieve or renew certifications, and broaden perspective on the discipline.”

Other Great Connections 2014 highlights include:

•             A field tour that is INCLUDED in the full registration cost

•             CISEC training modules

•             CPESC and CMS4S review courses

•             20+ technical sessions and case study sessions

•             Expo, event reception & networking

The Association of State Floodplain Managers will offer Continuing Education Credits (CECs) to its Certified Floodplain Managers (CFM) that participate in Great Connections. CFMs will be eligible to receive up to 7 CEC for attending April 29 review courses, up to 7 CECs for attending the full conference on April 30, and 3 CECs for attending the May 1 field trip.

Learn more and register on the conference website at