In a November 15 release, the Erosion Control Technology Council has marked its 25 years of industry collaboration towards better erosion and sediment control practices.
“Through leadership, standardization and educational efforts,” the organization writes, “the Erosion Control Technology Council (ECTC) has had a positive influence on the industry since being established by a small group of people.”
EROSION CONTROL TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL MISSION
The Erosion Control Technology Council was created in 1992 to assist agencies, engineers, designers, contractors, and other entities in the proper application, installation, and specification of erosion and sediment control technologies.
“The goal was to standardize terminology, product categorization, [and] testing methodology,” writes ECTC, “and provide best practices with the installers of these products through education and standardization.”
The group’s work has involved interaction with departments of transportation, the Army Corps of Engineers, and other key stakeholders. One of the chief measures in this time was to stabilize the use of product classifications. ECTC’s work resulted in wide-scale recognition of classifications including:
- Rolled Erosion Control Products (RECPs)
- Sediment Retention Fiber Rolls (SRFRs)
- Hydraulic Erosion Control Products (HECPs)
ECTC has worked with the National Transportation Product Evaluation Program (NTPEP) to aid in developing testing protocols for the industry. Infrastructure construction and development are frequent users of erosion control products. DOTs can use the data that is generated to select and place products on approved product lists sponsored by the state departments of transportation. ECTC has also developed installation guidelines and videos to educate transportation engineers, contractors and installers on the proper installation of erosion control materials.
Over the past 25 years, the Erosion Control Technology Council has conducted training courses for departments of transportation (DOTs) across the country. ECTC also works in concert with other industry organizations to ensure material quality and standardization of manufactured goods in the growing industry.
“ECTC’s members remain dedicated professionals who are committed to developing the best engineering solutions for controlling soil loss, assisting with vegetation establishment, and better managing stormwater and water quality,” writes the group. “Engineers are implementing erosion and sediment control measures at greater rates every year and enjoying the benefits of industry best practices.”
Learn more about the Erosion Control Technology Council, its membership, and its activities at www.ectc.org.0