The Southern New England Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society hosted our 2021 Erosion & Sediment Control Field Days as a hybrid event on Wednesday October 6th & Thursday October 7th.
This event combined virtual presentations and hands-on, outdoors demonstrations. These days are training for professionals working in soils, erosion control, water quality, public works, engineering, roads, planning, resource protection and consulting. For registered attendees who attended both sessions, 6.5 hours of continuing education credits were available. There was an option to attend 100% virtually (see the event schedule below for details).
These field days are a unique collaborative effort between the private and public sectors to share information and promote a better understanding of the latest tools available to all who are entrusted with protecting our precious soil and water resources. Our goal is to provide information that is immediately useful to all who attend – you are encouraged to bring your site plans and questions!
These Field Days are hosted in partnership with EJ Prescott. Thank you to Team E.J. Prescott and especially Doug McCluskey for organizing the field demonstrations and taking the lead on making these events possible!
Wednesday October 6th: Virtual presentations (10am-1pm) Virtual speaker presentations on case studies and research involving erosion and sediment control via Zoom. There was time for Q&A and discussion following each presentation. The session was recorded is available for viewing following the event. Attendees not present at the live talks will be able to receive credit by passing a quiz after viewing the recording by 11/20/21 (links sent directly to attendee emails).
Thursday October 7th: In-person demonstrations (virtual option available) (10am-2pm) In-person demonstrations of the latest tools available regarding erosion and sediment control. This portion of the event was hosted outdoors at the Tolland Agricultural Center in Vernon, CT. Masks were required and a boxed lunch provided. For those attendees who chose not to attend in person, demonstration recordings are available following the event. Professional development credits will be given to those who pass a quiz after viewing the recordings (links sent directly to attendee emails).
Address for Thursday, October 7th in-person outdoor demonstrations:
Tolland Agricultural Center
24 Hyde Ave, Vernon, CT 06066
Doug McCluskey: Low impact development and green infrastructure
Doug McCluskey is currently employed by Everett J Prescott as the Western Erosion Control & Geoproduct Specialist. Doug has over 12 years’ experience in the promotion & education of various product lines related to Geosynthetics, Erosion Control, Sediment Control, & Ground Stabilization. In this role Doug is in contact with local, state, and federal regulatory agencies and he also works closely with engineers, landscape architects, municipalities, and contractors in both the public and private sector to promote the awareness of erosion control, sediment control, and geo-products applications and practices. Doug has been involved in developing specifications for products used on construction projects, and provides on-site supervision and instruction during installations
Andrew Yablonski: Profile’s 5 Fundamentals – The foundation to sustainable vegetation
Andrew Yablonski joined Profile Products in 2019 along with 25 years of experience in the green industry including work in distribution, landscape contracting and lawn care. He received his bachelor’s degree in agronomy and environmental science from Delaware Valley University.
Masoud Hashemi: The impact of agricultural practices on soil erosion and discussion on how cover cropping and plant residue management can minimize erosion.
Dr. Masoud Hashemi is an extension professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He has decades of experience on soil health and sustainable farming practices in New England. His main research projects are currently focused in various aspects of cover cropping, no-till systems, and pasture management.
Demonstrators & Products:
Continuing Education Credits:
Approved by Envirocert International for 6.5 hours of professional development hours. These hours are applicable to professional certification renewals such as the Certified Professional in Erosion & Sediment Control (CPESC) certification.