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IECA Announces Opening and Closing Keynote Speakers
Jim Cantore and Craig Zeller Selected as Keynote Speakers


IECA's Environmental Connection 2017 will offer attendees the opportunity to connect with colleagues from more than 25 countries for four days of cutting-edge learning and professional development.

The International Erosion Control Association Region One announced its keynote speakers for Environmental Connection 2017, the premier educational event for the erosion, sediment control and stormwater industry. The event will take place February 21-24, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. Joining Environmental Connection 2017 as opening keynote speaker is Jim Cantore, world-renowned meteorologist with the Weather Channel, and the first-ever closing keynote speaker is Craig Zeller, PE, and senior regional project manager with the Environmental Protection Agency.

Jim Cantore is one of the most recognizable faces in weather. He will discuss changes in weather patterns and how these changes will impact the industry. Cantore is known for his live reports from severe weather events, he embodies the passion and knowledge of the Weather Channel. He has covered every major weather event over the past 30 years, including Hurricanes Katrina and Irene and Superstorm Sandy, solidifying his role and the role of The Weather Channel as the leading source for severe weather coverage.

This year's first-ever closing keynote speaker Craig Zeller, has been a superfund remedial project manager in the EPA's Region 4 area for 25 years. He has worked on the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) issues primarily in the Carolinas and Tennessee. He was promoted to senior level regional project manager in 2009 as a result of the $1.2 billion response action associated with the TVA Kingston coal ash recovery project.

"Environmental Connection is a one-of-a-kind professional development opportunity that combines can't-miss keynote speakers, intense topic and regionally focused educational courses, certification and CEU opportunities, and the industry's largest and most innovative expo," said IECA representative Stacey Sepp.

To learn more about the conference and its keynote speakers or to register, visit

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