FISHLINK ALERT 2-20-96: Conference Announcement

Tue, 20 Feb 1996 00:59:22 -0500


Seattle Will Host International
Conference on Latest Technology
to Protect Water from Sediment Pollution
Feb. 28 - March 1, 1996

Fisheries and Conservation News from the Pacific
Coast Federation of Fishermen's Associations and the
Insititute for Fisheries Resources
Editor's Note: This information was passed to us with the note that some
of this information could be directly useful in erosion mediation efforts
and fisheries restoration in the Northwest due to the recent floods. We
are passing it on without comment.

Contact: Ben Northcutt
Phone 800-455-4322

Controlling erosion and sediment does more than protect water quality and
salmon habitat in the Puget Sound region. It can also protect business

Consider what happened to the Wal-Mart Corporation recently when it
failed to prevent silt from washing off a 38-acre construction site for a
new store in East Bremerton. It was fined a record $64,000 by the
Washington Department of Ecology for violating stormwater runoff
regulations. The muddy runoff turned Steele Creek, a salmon stream which
empties into Puget Sound, brown, threatening salmon spawning beds and marine

A wide range of erosion and sediment control problems and solutions
related to the Pacific Northwest will be featured when erosion and sediment
control professionals from throughout the world gather in Seattle, Feb. 28 -
March 1, 1996, for the International Erosion Control Association’s 27th
Annual Conference & Trade Exposition. The Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation
is a contributing sponsor.

The event will be held at the Sheraton Hotel and the Washington
State Trade and Convention Center.

It will feature a number of speakers from the Puget Sound area and
topics related to protecting water quality in the Pacific Northwest. Among

· Training workshops, including erosion control practices for protecting and
improving fish habitat . . . for forestry and logging operations . and for
construction sites.

· Technical papers, such as . . .

Stabilizing banks of steep streams, presented by Raymond Walton,
Seattle, with WEST Consultants engineering firm;

Erosion and sediment control planning for Young’s Creek
hydroelectric project in Snohomish County, presented by Jeffrey Laird, an
engineering geologist with Shannon and Wilson, Inc., Seattle;

Controlling erosion during highway construction in Washington state,
presented by Patty Lynch with the Washington State Department of
Transportation, Olympia.

· Special sessions, like . . .
Coordinating erosion and sediment control with stormwater management
activities, presented by Seattle consultant Rich Horner.

A panel discussion on erosion control consultants as expert
witnesses moderated by Seattle environmental attorney Kim Johannessen;

Legal, technical and policy issues related to Washington state
contaminated sediment regulations, a panel discussion led by Mark Myer, a
partner with the Seattle law firm of Williams, Kastner & Gibbs.

· Pre-conference short courses on such topics as . . .
Designing channel protection and streambank stabilization;

Using live cuttings and other plant materials to stabilize
streambanks and lakeshores.

· Trade Exposition, the industry’s largest trade show, featuring more than
100 exhibitors from around the world.

About 100 delegates from other countries, nine technical papers on
international topics and a special session on erosion control challenges in
developing countries will add to the international perspective.

The conference begins Wednesday morning, Feb. 27, at 8:30. The
keynote address, sponsored by ReFiber West, Woburn, Mass., will be delivered
by environmental veteran Richard Carter, Carter Affiliates, Inc., Resources
for the Environment, Tucson, Ariz. His 30 years of experience with
environmental issues includes work with Mexico and Taiwan. Carter will
discuss “The Vital Role of Erosion Control Professionals in the Pursuit of a
Healthy Planet.”

“You won’t find a broader, more in-depth discussion of erosion and
sediment control issues anywhere than at this annual event,” says Ben
Northcutt, IECA executive director. “You can come for just a short course,
for one day, for the trade exposition or for all three days.” About a
thousand or more people are expected to attend, he notes.

Registration can be done at the conference or in advance. Contact
IECA, PO Box 4904, Steamboat Springs, Colo. 80477-4904; phone 800-455-4322;
fax 970-879-8563. e-mail ecinfo at

The IECA, founded in 1972, is a non-profit professional organization
with members in 42 countries around the world who share a common
responsibility for the prevention and control of erosion.

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