IECA Global Series: The Science of Pollution Avoidance
Hosted by the International Erosion Control Association
Join the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) for The Science of Pollution Avoidance where we will focus on protecting our soil and water resources applying avoidance and mitigation approaches from around the world. This three-part series will examine the circular economy, science behind healthy soils and managing water discharge from construction sites.
Learn from industry leaders as they tackle pollution, while working to avoid impacts to water, promote healthy soil, and care for the environment. Attendees can expect to learn:
- About a circular economy, looking beyond the current take-make-waste model and the importance to our industry.
- The science behind healthy soils and vegetation establishment in protecting soil and water resources.
- How to achieve field compliance before the inspector shows up.
- Ways to manage water discharge from construction sites to protect the environment.
Living systems have been around for a few billion years and will be around for a lot longer. The natural world needs no waste dump or landfill site, instead material flows where one species waste is another’s food. Energy is provided by the sun, things grow and die and the nutrients are returned to the soil. This is the inspiration for a circular economy. As humans we have adopted a linear approach where we take, make, and then dispose. In this presentation we will look into how our waste can build capital rather than reduce it, using examples from the ESC industry, in essence how do we take what we currently have and move towards a true circular economy?
Stormwater runoff from construction sites has high potential for water quality impacts due to the accelerated erosion and sediment transport that occurs when a site is disturbed. Potential adverse effects from construction activities are managed through implementation of stormwater control measures (CMs) to reduce erosion, trap sediments, and prevent pollution through site management activities. The presenters will discuss the array of available CMs and share experiences with which practices are most effective and which ones can be problematic. When projects involve work in or near waterways or construction dewatering, one of the most important aspects of an effective stormwater management plan is a water management plan that describes how temporary measures such as diversions, stream crossings, and CMs adjacent to waterways are sized and how they will be implemented and maintained. The presenters will share examples of effective and ineffective water management approaches. Attendees will come away from this webinar with an enhanced understanding of stormwater CMs for erosion control, sediment management, and working in and near waterways and an understanding of the regulatory framework for construction site management in the U.S.
An overview of recent scientific literature reviews on the management of soil health. Considers the evolving view of what is a healthy soil, including how it can be measured. Highlights current knowledge relating to plant, animal and microbial activity on soil health, as well as the effects of management practices. Discusses emerging risks, such as micro-plastics, and new approaches to remediation of soil health.
Shonelle Gleeson-Willey, MEnMgmt
Moss Environmental Pty Ltd
Shonelle Gleeson-Willey is the highly credentialed Director of Moss Environmental. the practice has expertise across environmental management in construction and mining, ecology, agricultural science, hydrology, contaminated land management and natural resource management. Projects completed to date include construction, mining, environmental education, project approvals, transport operations, ISCA submissions and environmental project management, earning the firm a reputation for delivering efficient, practical, and cost-effective solutions. We have created a culture that encourages professional excellence and the highest standards of work, whilst at the same time offers its people great flexibility, and a positive, collaborative environment with a strong focus on professional growth. Shonelle is also an experienced Principal Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental services industry. Skilled in Waste management, ISO 14001, Environmental Compliance, Sustainability and the Circular Economy, Environment, Health, and Safety (EHS), and Erosion Control. Shonelle is a practical consulting professional with credentials as an Infrastructure Sustainability Accredited Professional (ISAP) focused in Sustainability Studies and the Circular Economy; and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC).
Dr. T. Andrew Earles, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE
Wright Water Engineers, Inc.
Dr. Andrew Earles is the Vice President of Water Resources with Wright Water Engineers, Inc. (WWE) in Denver, Colorado. Andrew has worked for WWE for 22 years since receiving his doctorate on projects related to stormwater management, hydrology, hydraulics, water quality, flooding, and related topics. While most of Andrew’s projects are in the western U.S., he has performed work around the work related to stormwater management and flooding at World Heritage Sites in Peru, Cambodia, Thailand, China, and Iraq. Andrew earned his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Stanford University and hold master’s and doctoral degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Jennifer Keyes, CPESC
Water Resource Specialist
Wright Water Engineers, Inc.
Jennifer Keyes has spent the last 20 years assisting commercial, municipal, industrial and developers with stormwater management associated their construction sites and MS4 permits and programs. With an M.S. in forest hydrology and a B.A. in biology with an emphasis in ecology, Jenn also specializes in regulatory permitting, training in stormwater compliance during construction, best management practices/control measures, construction dewatering, environmental site assessments, bioassessments and water quality issues. Jenn is a certified CDOT Transportation Erosion Control Supervisor (TECS) and Stormwater Management Plan (SWMP) Preparer, and a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC). She is also an active member of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) and has previously served on the Mountain States Chapter Board and on several IECA committees.
Manager of Research and Development
Eurofins Food and Water Testing New Zealand
Alistair Mowat is currently the Manager of R&D and Innovation at Eurofins Food and Water Testing New Zealand. He is also a Director on the Board of PlantTech Research Institute, and was a Co-theme Leader in the Our Land And Water National Science Challenge. He has previously held an Innovation Leader role in Zespri International limited, and as a Scientist in the Horticulture and Food Research Institute of New Zealand.
You will receive Professional Development Hours per class in this Webinar Series. You have the option to listen to as many presentations as you wish, however you will only receive education credit for the presentations you attended. The total number of Professional Development Hours for this event is three (3).
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