Presidents Message, Winter 2014

Ringing in the New Year!

This will be my second year serving as President of the Great Rivers Chapter and I am honored to be part of this organization.  I am an Environmental Specialist overseeing pre, during and post construction storm water quality compliance at the University of Iowa.  I represent the U of I as a member of the Iowa Storm Water Education Program (ISWEP) and I also serve on the Tree & Storm Water Advisory Board for the City of North Liberty, Iowa.

Our 2014 Great Rivers Chapter Board of Directors is off to a great start this construction season with our current officers and newest members.

Amy Foster will be serving as our Vice President this year.  Amy is employed as the Storm Water Coordinator for the City of Coralville, Iowa.  She is also serving on our spring conference planning committee and will be co-leading the conference field tour along with Brian Stineman with the City of Davenport, Iowa.

Rebecca Kauten will be serving as the Secretary for 2014 and is also this chapters Partners for Excellence coordinator.  Rebecca is a Program Manager for Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management (IRVM) at University of Northern Iowa.

John Warren will be serving as our Treasurer for 2014. John is a branch manager for A.S.P. Enterprises located in Kansas City, Missouri.

Patty Ogle is an Erosion and Sediment Control Coordinator for the City of Overland Park, Kansas.  Patty is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the City’s erosion and sediment control program related to site development, building construction and public improvement project.

Tom Wells is a Senior Storm Water Management Specialist at Lamp, Rynearson and Associates, Inc. located in Omaha, Nebraska. Tom is responsible for overseeing compliance with NPDES regulatory requirements for all sites with active grading permits at LRA, Inc. From initial permitting through project completion, he works with the designers, regulators, and contractors towards the goal of NPDES compliance.

Rob Decker is a Project Manager & Assistant Iowa City Office Manager at HBK Engineering, LLC.  Rob is a member of the American Institute of Professional Geologists, Iowa Storm Water Education Program, Trees Forever, and the National Resources Defense Council.
Mike Wolfe is a SWPPP compliance inspector for Soil–Tek. Mike has served on other non-profit boards of directors.  He was the President of the Wagner Memorial Holding Corporation which worked closely with the Izaak Walton League of Johnson County, Iowa.  During his time as President, he conducted fund raising events, lodge rentals, and grounds maintenance.

Lastly, I would like to share the very exciting news of our spring conference: Great Connections 2014.  The conference will be held April 29 – May 1, 2014, in Davenport, Iowa.

Great Connections 2014 is a dynamic 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’ 9 states and 1 province region (IL, IN, MI, OH, ON, WI, IA, KS, MO, NE). It will also further discussions and market development within bordering IECA zones. Great Connections 2014 will bring together contractors, storm water 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 high-quality 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 storm water 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, storm water management regulations, and locally-led watershed improvement efforts.

To register and view program information click here.

Great Connections 2014 was recently featured in Land & Water Magazine. Click here for more details.

I hope to see you at Great Connections 2014!!

Darice Baxter

Darice Baxter

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