Eleven Honored for Their Contributions
The International Erosion Control Association Region One recently announced winners for its environmental excellence awards for environmental excellence, outstanding professional of the year, sustained contributor, outstanding sustained partner, young professionals under the age of 30 and young professionals under the age of 40.
Dr. Rich McLaughlin with the North Carolina State University Erosion, Sediment and Turbidity Control Program received the environmental excellence award which is IECA's most prestigious honor. The award recognizes an outstanding stormwater and erosion and/or sediment control or stormwater management project, program or operation that demonstrates excellence in natural resource conservation and environmental protection. For over 20 years, NCSU has had a continuous program combining research, training and education to improve construction site stormwater quality. The research conducted there and on construction sites has led to significant improvements in erosion, sediment and turbidity control in North Carolina and throughout the Southeast.
Earl Norton, M.S. CPESC, CPAg, received the outstanding professional of the year award. This award recognizes an IECA member that demonstrates excellence in their work and is viewed by IECA peers as an industry leader through significant engagement with IECA. During the past 24 years, Norton has served on numerous committees, speaks at IECA events and currently serves on IECA's standards and practices committee. After retiring from the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1994, Norton became a private consultant for stormwater pollution abatement activities and taught a conservation course at Auburn University. In 2001, Norton began to lead the Alabama Erosion and Sediment Control Partnership that is now recognized as a leading erosion and sediment control program.
The sustained contributor award recognizes an IECA member who provides distinguished service to IECA. Winners have demonstrated leadership by example through long-term contribution to the industry and to IECA through education, government involvement, research, establishment of standards or policies or the development of technology. Charles R. Riling, Jr., TRETCNO, ABI, CESSWI is this year's winner. Riling is an active IECA advocate who educates others on the importance of the association. He has dedicated a great deal of time to the IECA Region One board of directors and the IECA Mid-Atlantic Chapter. He is involved in IECA professional development and training and was a principal in starting the IECA University Partners Program. He has been an avid supporter of the organization for nearly 30 years.