IECA Great Connections 2016

La Crosse WI

Jul 26 - 28, 2016

WHAT is it all about

Great Connections is a bi-annual conference co-organized by International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Chapters.  This year will be hosted in La Crosse, Wisconsin by the Great Lakes, Great Rivers Chapters and Northern Plains Chapters along with the City of La Crosse.  Bringing together contractors, stormwater professionals, designers and planners from the host chapters’ 12 states & 4 provinces (IL, IN, MI, OH, WI, IA, KS, MO, NE, ND, SD, MN, ON, AB, SK, MB) and the bordering IECA chapter regions.

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Adam Popenhagen

Market Development Manager, Profile Products

Bio: Adam Popenhagen, CPESC, CPSWQ, CESSWI, is the Market Development Manager for Profile Productsin the Central United States. Adam has worked with erosion control products, inspections, design, specifications, and regulations since 2002. Before Profile Products, Adam was with the Minnesota Department of Transportation Erosion Control Division where he designed and implemented erosion control specifications for construction.

Alex Zimmerman

Technical manager, ECB Verdyol

Bio: Alex Zimmerman brings over 20 years of large scale construction experience to Erosion and Sediment Control training. From large disturbance, linear, and single family construction to restoration and emergency landslide repair, his experiences add to informative trainings on real world issues for construction site operators, inspectors, and designers. Alex has been helping project teams succeed by planning for the productive and compliant completion of varied construction tasks.

Angie Durhman

Principal, AD Greenroof

Bio: Angie Durhman consults on vegetated roofs nationwide and owns AD Greenroof LLC, based in Minneapolis. With over 400 green roofs installed, Durhman has designed and managed a wide-variety of green roofs throughout the country. Ms. Durhman also researches system performance. Her team developed GREENFORMATION® a budget friendly maintenance system working with contractors and building owners. Ms. Durhman has over 13 years in the green roof industry and frequently presents to wide variety of audiences.

Bernard Lenz

Assistant City Engineer, City of La Crosse

Bio: Mr. Bernie Lenz has 11 years’ experience in Municipal engineering, with a technical focus on stormwater management. For the past eight years he has worked as the Assistant City Engineer, focused on integrating the design and construction of storm water control into public infrastructure projects. Education Master of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison (1997) Bachelor of Science, Geological Engineering, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks (1993) Professional Registrations Professional Engineer in Wisconsin

Britt Faucette

Director of Research & Technical Services, Filtrexx

Bio: Dr. Britt Faucette (Ph.D., CPESC, LEED AP) is an Ecosystem Scientist and Director of Research & Technical Services for Filtrexx International. He coordinates research, design, and training for the stormwater and organic materials management industries and serves on technical committees/boards with ASTM, GRHC, CCREF, and IECA. In 2008 he was awarded the USCC Clean Water Award. Britt has authored numerous peer-reviewed and popular press publications and articles, two books, federal/state specifications, and been awarded nearly $500,000 in research grants.

Caroline Burger

Water Resources Engineer, Brown and Caldwell

Bio: Caroline Burger, PE, is a water resources engineer for a consulting firm and has over 14 years of experience in stormwater management planning, pollution modeling and monitoring, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, stormwater permitting, ordinance development, and analysis of BMPs. She has extensive experience using WinSLAMM and has been a key part of the team involved with the calibration and development of the WinSLAMM model.

Don Baker

Principal & Owner, Water Resources Solutions

Bio: Don is the principal and owner of Water Resources Solutions, LLC in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. He is a professional engineer registered in Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, California, Colorado, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Oregon. He is also a Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control, and a Diplomate of Water Resource Engineering, awarded by the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers. Don specializes in Stormwater Management, Eco-Restoration, Hydraulic Structures, and Integrated Watershed Management.

Dwayne Stenlund


Bio: Dwayne is a certified professional in erosion and sediment control and employed as a Natural Resource Program Coordinator at the Minnesota Department of Transportation. He has worked in storm water, erosion prevention and state/consultant/contractor training functions for the Minnesota Department of Transportation for more than 19 years. He has presented extensively over the United States on storm water management, erosion prevention and dust avoidance techniques, and yearly at the International Erosion Control Association.

Greg Pierce

Water Resource Engineer, RDG Planning & Design

Bio: Greg joined RDG in 2014 as a Water Resource Engineer, where his focus is integrating more effective stormwater management for projects that range from site level to watershed scale. He has over 18 years’ experience as a Civil Engineer in planning, designing and providing construction administration for both public and private projects. Education: Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Civil Engineering – University of Iowa (1997) Professional Registrations: Professional Engineer in Iowa, Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas

John Voorhees

Partner, PV & Associates

Bio: John Voorhees, PE, PH, is a senior water resource engineer for a consulting firm in the private sector and is also the co-author of WinSLAMM (Source Loading and Management Model). He has 21 years of experience on many aspects of stormwater management in both the public and private sectors, with extensive experience working on innovative BMP design, regulatory compliance, and evaluation of BMP effectiveness.

Jon Lefers

Water Resources Engineer, AE2S

Bio: Jon Lefers is a Project Engineer/Manager at Advanced Engineering and Environmental Services headquartered in Grand Forks. Jon is based in Madison, Wisconsin and is a Professional Engineer registered in several northern Midwest States. He earned is undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering at Calvin College in 1999 and his Master’s Degree in Civil & Environmental Engineering at UW-Madison in 2001.

Leo Holm

President, Resource Professionals Alliance

Bio: Leo Holm is a registered professional engineer. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and specializes in Soil and water Conservation Engineering. He is presently semiretired and serves on the Associated General Contractors of America Environmental Committee. He has published five articles in Land and Water magazine and has received several awards over his career.

Lucius Jonett

Landscape Architect, Associate, Wenck Associates

Bio: Lucius is a landscape architect who keeps his boots wet with a vision of integrating water resources into site planning and design projects. He is involved in urban hydrology and stormwater management, stream revitalization and integrating water resources as a design element to create naturalized environments in urban settings.

Mikael Isensee

Administrator, Middle St. Croix Watershed Management Organization

Bio: Mike Isensee currently serves as the Administrator of the Middle St. Croix Watershed Management Organization (MSCWMO). The MSCWMO is composed of ten communities along the federally administered Wild and Scenic St. Croix River. Mike leads watershed planning, BMP design, and maintenance to protect and improve the quality of water resources within the MSCWMO. For over a decade he has specialized in stormwater BMP design and installation methods to maximize pollutant reductions and minimize long-term maintenance throughout Minnesota.

Nancy Schumm

owner, Schumm Consulting

Bio: Nancy Schumm has been working on environmental projects in Northeastern, Illinois for nearly 20 years. She serves as a link between communities who need environmental project assistance and grants and permit agencies.

Rebecca Kauten

Graduate Research Associate, University of Iowa

Bio: Rebecca has worked in stormwater management and water quality monitoring for more than a decade, and has served in leadership roles for the Great Rivers Chapter of IECA. Currently she is pursuing a PhD in Geographical and Sustainability Science at the University of Iowa. Rebecca continues to conduct research for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources and Iowa Department of Transportation, which includes water monitoring, stakeholder engagement and MS4 strategies.

Sarah Davis

Stormwater Technician, City of Springfield

Bio: Sarah Davis works for the Stormwater Quality Division of the City of Springfield, MO. As such, she reviews plans for new development and conducts stormwater inspections on construction sites. Her background is in environmental science and biology, and she is a Certified Erosion, Sediment, and Storm Water Inspector. In her free time, she hugs trees.

Ted Hartsig

Senior Scientist, Olsson Associates

Bio: Ted is a certified professional soil scientist with more than 30 years of experience in natural resources management and restoration, including extensive experience in stormwater management and ecosystem restoration. He has developed soil and plant management strategies in both urban and rural landscape projects, including research and design of stormwater infiltration systems in BMPs, plant establishment and maintenance, and construction techniques to develop and maintain successful, sustainable soil profiles.

Todd Shoemaker

Civil Engineer, Principal, Wenck Associates

Bio: Mr. Shoemaker obtained bachelor and master degrees in civil engineering at the University of Wisconsin - Madison (Go Badgers!). His professional experience includes analyzing rural and urban stormwater runoff in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, and Wisconsin. His career has focused on watershed and stormwater management; hydrologic, hydraulic and water quality computer modeling; floodplain management and regulation; streambank stabilization; and inflow and infiltration reduction.

William Stowe

CEO and General Manager, Des Moines Water Works

Bio: William (Bill) Stowe is the CEO and General Manager of Des Moines Water Works (DMWW). DMWW is a regional utility that protects public health and promotes economic development by delivering outstanding quality water affordably in reliable quantities. DMWW works closely with business, environmental, consumer and agricultural leaders to advocate for better stewardship of water resources and clean water initiatives throughout Central Iowa.

Dan Salsinger

Sales, Hanes Companies

Bio: Dan has been teaching the principles of the Clean Water Act as a peer-to-peer trainer for countless years and in the Sediment and Erosion field since 1995.

Pete Wood

Storm Water Engineer, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

Bio: I'm a storm water engineer in the DNR Southeast Region. I work in the construction site and municipal storm water permitting programs and provide technical support to the urban storm water grant program.

Al Walus


Bio: Al Walus, a Senior Project Manager with Christopher B. Burke Engineering, LLC for the past 4-1/2 years provides MS4 technical resource assistance to cities, towns and counties across Northern Indiana. Over the past eighteen months, Al has participated in six audits of MS4 Good Housekeeping programs. Al has 35 years of engineering experience and has helped manage stormwater programs for the past 16 years.

Ivo Lopez


Bio: Dr. Ivo López is a senior engineer with Snyder & Associates. He is an Aggie-Gopher with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering from Texas A&M and a Master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. He has over 24 years of consulting experience in the Midwest and Bolivia, including land use planning and environmental assessments, water resources management, modeling and design; and stream restoration. He is passionate about water and promoting sustainable land stewardship!

Matt Welch


Bio: Matt Welch, CESSWI, is the Technical Manager for Profile Products, LLC, of Buffalo Grove, Illinois. Welch heads up Profile Products Free Soil Testing program and online design software – Profile Soil Solutions Software ( He works closely with specifiers to ensure that all erosion and sediment control plans, involving Profile’s line of products, will have a high rate of success.

JB Dixon

Environmental Scientist, FELSBURG HOLT & ULLEVIG

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Jennifer Hildebrand

Manager, Environmental Compliance, WSB and Associates

Jerald Fifield

President, HydroDynamics

Jessica Schultz

Executive Director, Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance

Justin Klabo

Water Resources Project Manager, AE2S

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