The SCEC Training Facility is getting ready for more classes and community outreach. Another goal is to provide a practical research and proving-ground for Erosion and sediment Control technology. We want to demo and review products as opportunity allows. Watch the video below to see what we offer.

Shasta College Erosion Control Facility Recruitment Video.

Stay tuned for more announcements and training videos.

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International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) Names John McCullah As The 2015 Winner Of The Environmental Achievement and Outstanding Professional Of The Year Award.

Our thanks to the IECA for naming  John McCullah as the winner of the Environmental Achievement and Outstanding Professional of the Year Award for 2015.

The winner was announced on December 16, 2015 on the IECA website.

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Media Release ‐For Immediate Release‐

December 16, 2015 International Erosion Control Association

Contact: Laura Clark, Marketing Manager

Phone: (303) 640‐7554; Email:

IECA Names its Environmental Achievement and Outstanding Professional of the Year

Denver, Colo. – International Erosion Control Association Region One (IECA) names its 2015 winners for the Environmental Achievement and Outstanding Professional of the Year awards. The Bijou Area Erosion Control Project receives the Environmental Achievement Award and John McCullah is named the Outstanding Professional of the Year award recipient.

The Environmental Excellence Award is the IECA’s premier award. It recognizes an outstanding stormwater and erosion and/or sediment control project, program or operation that demonstrates excellence in natural resource conservation and environmental protection. Recipients of this award show a high‐level of environmental benefit by clearly identifying the objectives, methods used, results obtained and details of the benefits to the environment. Accepting the award for the Bijou Area Erosion Control Project will be Stephen Peck, PE, PMP, CPSWQ, QSD.

The Bijou Area Erosion Control Project is a complex regional stormwater pump‐and‐treat system in a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ‐mapped flood zone. While the issues were complex, the system applied standard construction techniques in a series to provide efficient stormwater quality treatment and flood control in an effective and easily maintainable manner. To maximize the efficiency of the system, the project included a bypass stormwater double box culvert as a key component of the project. The box culvert conveys upper watershed runoff through the highly developed commercial core, and directly into Lake Tahoe, without contributions from the commercial and highway areas (runoff with high constituent loading). This approach allowed for more effective treatment of the commercial area runoff (significantly less flow/volume), which enters the pump‐and‐treat system. The bypass culvert system further included the design and construction of a headwall in the shore zone of Lake Tahoe, a federally protected water body.

John McCullah is named the winner of the Outstanding Professional of the Year. This award recognizes an IECA member as an individual or organization that demonstrates excellence in their work in the industry and is viewed by his IECA peers as an industry leader through significant engagement with the IECA. McCullah has been in the industry for more than 30 years and during that time he has become a renowned industry expert whose influence spans the globe. In addition to working across the continental United States, McCullah has completed projects in exotic and dramatically different locations such as Malaysia and New Zealand.


He is a teacher, a scholar, an activist and a professional; and in each of these roles he has made significant positive impacts on the industry in a number of ways over the years. These awards are selected on criteria that reflect quality, skill and environmental benefits. Winners were selected from responses to a “Call for Entries” process. Both winners will be recognized at IECA’s annual conference and expo, Environmental Connection 2016 in San Antonio, Texas on February 17.

About IECA

Founded in 1972, the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) is a non‐profit organization devoted to serving as the premier global resource for the prevention and control of erosion and sediment related problems. IECA is the world’s oldest and largest association devoted to helping members’ solve erosion and sediment control problems. To sustain its mission, IECA hosts an annual conference for industry professionals, which includes continuing education on the latest technologies and findings, and the industry’s largest exhibit of related materials, products and equipment. In 2012, IECA formed Region One and Region Two. Region One consists of North America, South America and Europe; Region Two consisting of Africa, Asia and Australia. For more information about IECA, please visit their website at


Are you ready for El Nino? With all the dire predictions for the upcoming winter for major storms, record rainfall and flooding in California, now is the time to prepare for erosion control, learning better management practices and about the latest products on the market. John McCullah with Shasta Watersheds Action Group (SWAG) and Shasta College have teamed up to do just that.

November 13-14 a second BMP Summit will be held at the Shasta College Erosion Control Training Center along with an assortment of exhibitors with the latest in erosion control products and techniques. There well be demonstrations along with guest speaker Eric Berntsen. There is still time to sign up and join us for this informative two day event.


Register Here:

Please complete the registration form, indicate payment type and email to


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If you are interested in displaying or demonstrating your product there is still time to sign up and reserve a spot for your company.  Just fill out the registration form form below and send it to SWAG  2455 Athens Ave.  Suite C  Redding, CA  96001 or email to


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Due to the success and interest of our first Shasta College BMP Summit back in May of this year, we have had numerous inquiries on scheduling another one for this year.      

Shasta College has generously supported us once again by hosting John McCullah and SWAG at the Erosion Control Training Facility on their campus. In addition we have had increased interest from vendors who were not able to make the first one and are eager to participate in this upcoming event in November. Representatives will be on hand for demonstrations and to answer any questions on their products.

bmpsummitnovflyer10052015With the upcoming El Nino forecasts for this winter, what better time then now to learn erosion control to prepare for the upcoming major storms predicted. This Summit will teach you better management practices with hands on demonstrations and introduce you to some of the new products available on the market through our vendor participation.  We hope to see you there, its going to be a good one.

Register Here:

Please complete the registration form, indicate payment type and email to

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Our BMP Summit Was a Huge Success!

Friday and Saturday, May 1st and 2nd was our first combined effort to bring this summit to Redding. The two-day workshop sponsored by Shasta College, Sacramento Watersheds Action Group (SWAG), and Western Chapter International Erosion Control Association success exceeded our expectations. 

Our highly acclaimed instructors John McCullah – Mr. DirtTime himself and David Franklin did an awesome job. We counted 55 in attendance, our thanks to everyone who attended.

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Our Showcase Exhibitors were as follows;

Heavyweight Sediment Control Solutions – Richard Quinley & Kristin Parkinson
EarthSavers – Lynn Friesner and Howard Schau
LSC Env. Products – Troy Duxbury and Robert Curl
HydroStraw – Ed Lee
Other exhibitors were: Zanker Road Resource Management – Aaron French, Contech Engineered Solutions – Curtis Kruger, Profile Products – Erik Schmidt, Steve Riggs                                                                                                               facebookpic4 facebookpic3facebokpic2 Now the fun starts! Day two-out in the field.facebookpic5facebookpic8facebookpic5facebookpic8facebookpic10facebookpic13_nfacebookpage6facebookpicbOne of our attendees shared his thoughts with us:                                                        

I understand this was the first Erosion Control Workshop that you have put on at the Shasta College and wanted to give you my feedback. The information and presentations that you and David delivered were extremely relevant and very well done. I find all too often that people get “comfortable” with what they know and/or don’t get opportunities to learn about new solutions. For this reason, I believe the your event went extremely well. Honestly I attended a 5 day conference earlier this year where there were significantly less takeaways than your 2 day event.                          

Troy Druxbury. LSC

Don’t miss the next one, we will be posting when and where it will be.

Our two day work shop was a huge success!  Thanks to all who participated in this informative event.  Updates, pictures and videos to come shortly.

What are the Tools of Compliance?                                                                          

This workshop is about the BMPs!  Effective erosion and sediment control is rooted in a fundamental and comprehensive understanding of physical processes and basing the selection of Best Management Practices (BMPs) on those processes.  We will learn why now, with the new regulations (the Construction General Permit), more than ever before your BMPs must be “EFFECTIVE”.  And how, now, the SWPPP developers, the implementers, the contractors, the regulators, and the inspectors must acquire education and training and then demonstrate that knowledge through certifications.  This workshop is intended to de-mystify the BMP selection process, the SWPPP, while learning about the importance of Drainage, Infiltration, Rooting Depth, Grading for Erosion Control, and some Steep Slope applications.

Just a walk away is the Shasta College Erosion Control Training Facility featured in many research studies, articles and often the backdrop for the Dirt Time videos series.  This is where we will spend the second day – actually watching and participating in BMP implementation.  Ever wanted to spray hydromulch?  This is your chance.

The two-day BMP workshop will offer:
  • Full Day classroom on Friday with John McCullah and David Franklin as your instructors.
  • On Saturday your instruction on BMPs will be out in the field – the Shasta College Erosion Control Training Facility as featured in the Dirt Time Video series.
  • There will be a special topic section on road drainage design for low-volume roads, farm and ranch roads, and utility access roads
  • Exhibitors will present New Equipment, Products and Materials
  • a chance to Co-Mingle with other professionals who are on the quest for more knowledge in the world of erosion and sediment control
  • Fully catered Lunch on Friday and Saturday – thanks to Shasta College Culinary Arts
  • Coffee and snacks in the morning.
After the workshop you will:
  • Understand the physical processes of erosion / sedimentation and accompanying BMPs.
  • Know the “four” most effective erosion control practices, the relative costs and how to implement them.
  • Feel confident in reviewing and inspecting SWPPPs and BMPs.
  • Have the knowledge to effectively implement a erosion and sediment control plan
  • understand why some BMPs work and some don’t and are a waste of money – money that can be spent on effective strategies.
  • Know how sediment control really works.
  • Install a silt fence with a static slicing machine.
  • Understand how Skimmer Outlets, Baffles and Flocculants can make sediment basins 90% effective
  • How to minimize or eliminate runoff from your site – increase infiltration, decrease discharges, establish vegetation
  • Be able to approach your project with the end in sight – getting stabilization and your Notice of Completion
Also in Redding – On Thursday – EnviroTech NPDES Services w/David Franklin will also be offering a Class on the Industrial General Permit and Sampling Techniques.
 The two-day workshop will be $400 which includes Coffee, beverages, snacks and Lunch for two days.
You will receive a certificate of attendance for continuing education.



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