IECA’s Southeast Chapter Holds the 11th Annual South Carolina Training and Field Days

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IECA’s Southeast ChapterHolds the 11th Annual South Carolina Training and Field Days

The IECA Southeast Chapter held its eleventh annual South Carolina Training and Field Days at the new TRI Environmental – South Carolina’s Roads to Rivers Research Institute (3RI), a commercial testing facility in Greenville, South Carolina on October 11th, 2018. This year’s training was titled Stormwater and Erosion Control in Our Back Yard

Over 175 attendees and vendors took part in the one-day event that offered up to 6.5 professional development hours (PDHs) to its participants with a combination of classroom, field-based education, and vendor exhibits. Event co-sponsors included the IECA Southeast Chapter, South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, City of Anderson Stormwater Management, Anderson County Stormwater Management, Anderson & Pickens Counties Stormwater Partners, Clemson University, City of Columbia , City of Greenville, Greenville County Land Development , City of Greer, Richland County, SC Department of Transportation, Spartanburg County Storm Water, SJWD, Woolpert Inc., and Upstate Forever.

The event Lunch Sponsor was J.W. Faircloth & Son Inc. The morning Exhibits & Break was sponsored by North American Green/Western Excelsior and Profile Products.

The afternoon Exhibits & Break was sponsored by Motz Enterprises Rolanka International. This year’s exhibitors included ACF Environmental, ADS, American Excelsior, Bafter Skimmers, Carolina Hydrologic, East Coast Erosion Control, GeoHay, Hanes Geo Components, J.W. Faircloth & Son Inc., Motz Enterprises, Profile Products, Propex Geosolutions, Rolanka International, Rymer Waterworks, Silt-Saver, and North American Green/Western Excelsior.

The morning session of the event started in tropical storm conditions and included classroom training topics (disco ball included) presented by SCDHEC, Clemson University, City of Greenville, WK Dickson, and SCDOT and Woolpert focusing on:

  • DHEC Update on the South Carolina General Construction Permit and NPDES MS4 Permit.
  • Clemson University Turbidity, Baffle and Surface Withdrawal Research.
  • Park Stream and Green Infrastructure Improvements.
  • Regenerative Stormwater Conveyances (RSCs).
  • Silt Fence Rule of Thumb and Soil Amendments.








The afternoon weather cleared for us and the outdoor sessions included the following hands on presentations:

  • Silt Fence – Tradition vs. Innovation
  • Biotic Soil Amendments – How to Use
  • Scour Mats – The Devil is in the Details
  • Pond Skimmers – Proper Design & Installation
  • Reinforced Vegetation for Pipe Scour Prevention
  • Biotechnical Check Dams
  • Full-scale Water Quality Unit Performance Evaluation
  • Bench-scale Erosion Control Product Evaluations
  • More Effective Sediment Ponds with BMPs








This year’s Organizing Committee consisted of:

General Chair: J.P. Johns, Woolpert

Local Arrangements: C. Joel Sprague, TRI/Environmental, Inc., and Judy Wortkoetter, Greenville County

Technical Program: Lisa Wells, City of Greenville, Dr. Charles Privette, and Dr. Cal Sawyer, Clemson University

Local Exhibit & Demonstration Coordination: Jay Sprague, TRI/Environmental, Inc.

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