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.
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.
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.
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.
The IECA Great Lakes 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.
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.
The IECA Great Lakes chapter covers the states/provinces of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ontario.
The following link provides a contact list of chapter officers and members.
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