President’s Message

A Message from Our President

Greetings and salutations Southeast Chapter members, I hope everyone is having a great spring! The 2021 IECA Annual Conference & Expo was a great online virtual experience and I hope you had a chance to attend.  While we are still experiencing the COVID-19 pandemic, with spring we are seeing change, and we are optimistic that we can provide some of our outstanding training opportunities to our chapter in person!  We are planning to conduct our Municipal Wet Weather (MS4) Stormwater Conference in person in June in Huntsville Alabama.  We will be taking every precaution to make this a safe and fun educational event.  We have a great list of industry leading speakers for you, and an excellent field trip planned.  We will once again be providing student and professional scholarships to attend the MS4 conference, so if you need finical assistance, we are here to help. I hope to see you all there!

IECA Recognizes the Southeast Chapter at 2021 National Conference

I am excited to announce that the Southeast Chapter was once again the recipient of the IECA Patterners for Excellence Outstanding Innovative Educational Program Award.  We have now received this award four years in a row. We also were the recipient of the IECA Patterners for Excellence Outstanding Career Development Award.  You, our members, made this possible by sponsoring, scheduling, teaching, and attending our many events.

IECA Recognizes Southeast Chapter Members at 2021 National Conference

Not only was the Chapter recognized for outstanding achievements, but several of our chapter members were also recognized. Congratulations to the following:

Sustained Contributor Award winner: Marc Theisen, M.Sc., CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSWI.

IECA 2021 Technical Paper of the Year: Analyzing Flow Characteristics of Wattles Using a State-of-the-Art Hydraulic Flume:  Blake Whitman, PhD, PE, CPESC

Three Under 30:  Dakota Basham, Dr. Lan Liu.

Four Under 40: Jacob Burkey and Blake Whitman.

Please remember that we are her to assist you in your unique education needs no matter what the climate is.  The Chapter continues to have many great training events scheduled, so please visit our webpage at to view the schedules and dates. Remember to check the webpage periodically so you do not miss out on any of our outstanding educational opportunities.  Also,  IECA Members receive a discounted rate on all virtual courses in the IECA eHub (, and also have access to the free member library of courses.

If you have any comments, questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to reach out to myself or the other Board Members.

J.P. Johns

2019/2021 Southeast Chapter President

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