1) What is erosion?
It is a natural process which takes place at the earth’s surface where soil and rock loosen moving from one location to the other resulting in changes of the landscape. This may include; mountains wearing down, filling of valleys as well as the disappearance and appearance of rivers. This process begins with weathering where environmental factors break soil and rock into smaller portions resulting in loosening from the earth’s surface.
2) How has erosion grown to become an issue in this region?
Erosion is usually a slow and gradual process, occurring over thousands and sometimes millions of years. However, the activity of humans has resulted in an accelerated rate of erosion. Farming and mining are the greatest cause of erosion at the moment.
3) What is erosion control?
It is the practice of controlling and preventing erosion in the landscape. This is essential to preventing shift in landscape, soil loss and water pollution. Due to human activity, erosion control is necessary to minimize, prevent, and decelerate the process.
4) What are steps taken to prevent and deal with the matter?
It is in urban, agricultural and natural areas where controls are needed most. It is often required that physical barriers be in place to preserve the environment. The placement of rocks and vegetation are crucial in absorbing the energy exerted from water and the wind. Erosion controls often coincide with storm water runoff management programs that are formulated by the local government.
5) What is IECA’s role?
The IECA Great Rivers chapter is dedicated to helping and providing solutions for erosion and sediment. The association is in direct interaction with members who specialize in stormwater management and protection of natural resources. This chapter is also a source of information on erosion and sediment control as well as acts as a resource base to educate individuals affected by this issue.
6) What are the benefits of being a member with IECA?
With IECA membership, we ask that a one year commitment be obligatory. Participating members are encouraged to attend the Annual Conference and educating themselves on the IECA’s resources. Doing so will encompass a more profound understanding of what the association is all about and help members gain perspective as to why our environment needs to be protected through erosion control.
7) Which regions does the IECA Great Rivers chapter cover?
The IECA Great Rivers chapter covers the states/provinces of Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas.
8) What are the goals and objectives of IECA Great Rivers?
- To provide a forum for the exchange of local and regional information on erosion and sediment control
- To distribute reports on technological advances in the fields of erosion and sediment control
- To provide an opportunity for the review of local, state and federal regulations that affect the erosion and sediment control industry
- To distribute information on new erosion and sediment control products offered
- To inform members of practical erosion and sediment control techniques and practices
- To evaluate the effectiveness of various practices and products in local and regional applications
- To provide effective tools and resources for members to use in the control of erosion
- To educate IECA members, the public & the erosion control industry.
- To disseminate information through conferences, seminars & communication media.
- To provide technical expertise for people, organizations & governments seeking assistance in the field of erosion & soil conservation.
- To establish standards for erosion control materials & installation procedures.
- To promote the expertise of erosion & sediment control specialists through professional certification.
9) How can I get in contact with a board member of the IECA Great Rivers chapter?
The following link provides a contact list of chapter officers and members.