The International Erosion Control Association 2018 Conference and Exhibition (IECA 2018) is fully ready for attendees to reserve accommodation and register for the conference. The program has been published with an advanced online version that enables users to click through for detailed session and presenter information.
IECA 2018 will take place 11 – 14 February 2018 in Long Beach, California. Visit the event homepage for full details.
Logo - 2018 IECA Conference and Exhibition
Readers are reminded to take advantage of early bird pricing through January 15. Register online. See also the housing deadline below.


The International Erosion Control Association could not have hit upon a more important topic: wildfire response. Penny Luehring, USDA Forest Service Burned Area Emergency Response Program Leader, will deliver the opening keynote. Even as this announcement goes to press, another, severe wave of wildfires is affecting California. Gathering IECA’s community in Long Beach to learn from Luehring and exchange wildfire response technologies and strategies will kick off the conference in an inspiring way.
“The wildfires of 2017 [have been] monumental in their expanse, severity and cost – and the damage doesn’t end when the fire is out!” writes IECA. “Loss of vegetation and fire-induced water repellent soils can trigger increased runoff that cause erosion, flooding or debris flows many miles downstream of the fire.”
Luehring will focus on “Post-wildfire Remediation on Federal Lands.”


The full schedule, including pre-conference training and certification opportunities, is now available. Visit the Full Schedule pagedownload the brochure (PDF), or visit the IECA 2018 homepage to get full registration information and to search the program by key fields such as presenter, topic, track, etc.
IECA 2018 Exhibit Hall, IECA 2018 Program Highlights
The major topics during this iteration of IECA will provide robust discussion. Program highlights include:

  • Climate change
  • Mining and remediation
  • MS4
  • Shoreline erosion, stabilization, and recovery
  • Low impact development
  • Temporary and permanent erosion control materials
  • Much more

Geosynthetica will publish some advance looks at the event’s education, including through podcast interviews, in January 2018.


The official venue for the conference is the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center. IECA has arranged for special rates at a number of hotels located in the convention center’s immediate area (walking distance). The conference invites interested participants to contact its official Housing Bureau, Conference Direct, to make reservations for the 2018 IECA Annual Conference at the hotel of your choice.
Discount rates are available at:

  • Hyatt Long Beach
    (Headquarter Hotel)
  • Courtyard Long Beach
  • The Westin Long Beach
  • The Best Western Plus Hotel at the Convention Center
  • Renaissance Long Beach

Additional sub-block options are available for groups of 10 or more. Visit the official IECA 2018 hotel booking site for more information.
Housing Cut-off Date: 22 January 2018