Steve Trinkaus of Trinkaus Engineering has been elected President of the Northeast Chapter for 2013-14. The election took place at the Chapter's Business Meeting at its Annual Conference in Warwick, Rhode Island on Wednesday, November 20, 2014.
Three other officers were re-elected to their positions: Mickey Marcus of New England Environmental was elected Vice President, Joe Koziell of Tensar/North American Green was elected as Treasurer, and Andrea Wright of the Vermont Agency of Transportation was elected as Secretary.
It was also announced at the annual meeting that the Board of Directors has elected Lee Curtis of the BSC Group to replace Jason Lederer, who has resigned his position, as its Board Member from Massachusetts. Additionally, the chapter announced the election of James Houle of the University of New Hampshire (New Hampshire) and William Farley of the Vermont Agency of Transportation (Vermont) to three year Board of Director terms.
Brandon Faneuf was recognized with a special award for his work as Chairperson for the 2013 Annual Conference, and Andrea Wright will receive the President's Award.
Vermont Board Member Kim Greenwood announced that the Chapter's 2014 Annual Conference will be held at the Lake Morey Inn in Fairlee, Vermont next November. More details will follow.
2013 PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS
The Chapter held its first educational event of the year in Concord, New Hampshire on February 19. The full-day seminar was titled "Keys to Compliance 2013," and sold out at 130 registrants. NE IECA Board Members Joe Koziell and Randy Shuey were among the presenters, along with technolology providers and representatives of federal, state, and local government agencies. The conference was co-sponsored by the Merrimack County Conservation District, and was hosted by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services.
On July 16, the chapter co-sponsored an Erosion Control Field Day in Richmond, Maine. The program held in cooperation with the Maine Rural Water Association. It included both classroom training and field product demonstrations. More than 60 industry professionals attended.
For the fourth consecutive year, the chapter worked with the County Conservation Districts of New Hampshire to produce three erosion control field days on August 6, 7 & 8. The August 6 event was held in Brentwood, the August 7 field day took place in Warner, and on August 8 the series concluded in Whitefield. Approximately 200 attendees participated.
A successful second Erosion Control Field Day was held October 23 at the Maine Rural Water Association in Richmond, Maine.
A brown bag seminar was held in Concord, New Hampshire on Wednesday, November 13. Co-sponsored by the Merrimack County Conservation District, this one-hour lunch and learn session was be led by Chapter President Peter Hanrahan, CPESC. The topic was three-dimensional soil stabilization.
And finally, our Annual Conference was held in Warwick, Rhode Island on November 19-21. More than 100 industry professionals took part in this three-day event. Our thanks to Conference Chair Brandon Faneuf and all the volunteers who made this event possible.
2012 Program Year in Brief
The Northeast Chapter held its first workshop of the year on May 2 in Concord, New Hampshire. The seminar, which focused on the 2012 Construction General Permit for discharges from construction activities. The event sold out at 150 registrants. This new permit has generated a tremendous amount of interest and dialogue our industry. A special session on this topic was featured at the IECA's Annual Conference in Las Vegas in February of this year.
On June 14, the Chapter partnered with the Southern New England Chapter of the Soil & Water Conservation Society, hosting a one-day Environmental Charette in Providence, Rhode Island. The event focused on solutions for ongoing erosion issues along the Woonasquatucket River.
On August 21 and 22 Erosion Control Workshops & Field Days were held in Gilford and Hollis, NH. On August 28 this format was repeated in Concord, MA. More than 200 participants joined us at these three events.
Here is a quote from one participant: "That was a really nice workshop in Hollis. I liked getting a demonstration and instruction from the vendors instead of just stuffing brochures and pamphlets in a bag that I probably wouldn't have the time to review, in spite of good intentions. The meal was great, and you even planned the weather perfectly. Thanks!"
On Tuesday, September 18, the Chapter co-sponsored a critical area seeding and planting workshop with the USDA/NRCS at the Big Flats Plant Materials Center in Big Flats, New York. This workshop attracted approximately 60 people, primarity from New York and Northern Pennsylvania. NE IECA Board Members Jim Kingsley (NY), Joe Koziell (NH) and Pete Hanrahan (ME) were in attendance.
On October 2 our chapter co-sponsored a Stormwater Conference in Saratoga Springs, New York. Overall attendance was approximately 190 at this extremely well received event. The chapter sponsored a second one-day stormwater conference on October 3 in Burlington, Vermont. This event also went very well and was attendance was approximately 90 persons.
Our 2012 Annual Conference was held in Fishkill, New York on November 7-8-9. We were very excited to partner with the Lower Hudson Coalition of Conservation Districts for this event. The conference was attended by approximately 250 persons and we had approximately 40 vendors on hand.
Our thanks to everyone who made our 2011-12 chapter year a success.
Pete Hanrahan, CPESC
NE IECA Chapter President
M E M B E R S H I P
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