Jan. 19, 2016 03:36

From the Publisher January 2016

 As we enter 2016, it is my hope that we all have a healthy, happy year and a successful one as well.

Much has been said in the media about the prediction of an El Niño. I have a lot of trepidation about what will occur when and if that happens, and I hope we’ll be prepared. Stay tuned for more information.

On another note, the premier event of the New Year is Environmental Connection 2016, sponsored by the International Erosion Control Association. It will be held in San Antonio, Texas, so be sure to save the dates, February 16th to the 19th.

The Environmental Connection encompasses educational tracks as well as a trade show. At the trade show, you’ll find representation of various vendors who cater to this industry. You can walk the aisles and visit with exhibitors who market equipment—such as hydroseeders—to products like seed, mulch and bonded-fiber matrixes.

Stormwater management products will also be exhibited, as well as soil erosion products, such as blankets, mats, geotextiles and wattles. In addition, you’ll even find software packages of many varieties to help you do a better job.

You might find a geotextile show, or another show that covers only a segment of this industry. But you won’t find another trade show that caters exclusively to all aspects of this market.

However, that is only part of the story. The other part is the educational value. Subjects like stormwater compliance, MS4 compliance, the use of drones for inspection purposes and much more will be covered.

Finally, Environmental Connection 2016 is a gathering place, a place where professionals can meet and exchange ideas, a place where you can meet people from all over who have common interests: controlling erosion and managing stormwater. If you haven’t been to this event in awhile, it might behoove you to revisit Environmental Connection 2016.

The take-away is that you’ll catch up on ‘what’s new in the industry’. You might even find some new products to help make your job more effective and efficient, and—equally as important— you’ll have a chance to meet other professionals and re-connect with some you’ve lost contact with.

See you there!

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