The Mission of SEEP
Panhandle SEEP is an educational program committed to training individuals, including those in the construction and development industry, and agency personnel in the fundamentals of erosion prevention and sediment control planning and practices. It is also intended to provide a forum allowing the participants to share experiences and exchange ideas on methods, applications, and effectiveness of best management practices, broadening their perspectives through discussion. Everyone is welcome to attend; certification is optional.
The Origin of SEEP
Panhandle SEEP was founded in 2005 by agency and industry representatives living and working in the five northern counties of Idaho. Contractors and design professionals enlisted the assistance of agencies after recognizing the adverse impact that construction site erosion was having on local resources. Physical destruction of local water resources followed by costly enforcement actions seemed a rather circular argument when the tools exist to prevent both. SEEP is one step in many needed to protect some of our most valuable resources in north Idaho: water, economic, and human.
Who Operates SEEP
The SEEP Steering Committee is comprised of construction, development, and agency representatives. This group provides SEEP with a balance of ideals and a more proactive committee. The University of Idaho- Coeur d'Alene carries out the administrative duties as directed by the Steering Committee.
Tim C. Blankenship, PE
Tim has been a licensed Professional Engineer in Idaho and Washington since 2001. He graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Idaho in 1996 and became a partner at James A. Sewell and Associates, LLC in 2004. Tim is a certified Water Pollution Control Manager for Idaho Transportation Department projects and will complete his Certified Sediment and Erosion Control Lead training in the fall of 2015. Tim has been drafting and inspecting Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans (SWPPP's) for EPA Construction General Permit (CGP) compliance, including filing the required Notice of Intent (NOI), for both owners and contractors for several years. Tim is an active member of the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers and has worked as a SEEP trainer since 2008.
Erik is currently an assistant planner with Bonner County where he started working in 2005 as a compliance investigator. Prior to moving to North Idaho, Erik and his wife Mamie lived in the Seattle area where he managed construction sites for The Cottage Company's innovative housing projects. Prior to Seattle, Erik lived in Wyoming where he conducted cutthroat trout research for the U.S. Forest Service in the mountains surrounding Jackson Hole. Erik settled in Wyoming after graduating from Mansfield University in 1999 with a B.S. in Biology with a focus on fisheries management. Erik spent his childhood days in the forests and streams of the ridge and valley region of central Pennsylvania.
Jamie is the Coeur d'Alene Lake Management Plan Coordinator for the state of Idaho. She has been involved with SEEP since 2006 and has been an instructor since 2007. She has worked on natural resource issues in Idaho since 1997, including water quality, fish habitat, and aquatic invasive species. Jamie has worked with conservation districts; private landowners; local, state, and federal agencies; municipalities; Native American tribes; and nonprofit organizations. She has a bachelor's degree in Environmental Science from the University of Idaho and has had training in river channel dynamics, stream and riverbank stabilization, conservation planning, and land use planning.
Tom is a licensed Landscape Architect registered with the state of Idaho and has over 30 years of experience in the landscape field. Tom is the owner/operator of CDF Landscape Professionals, Inc., a Coeur d'Alene based firm specializing in site planning, landscape design, stormwater/erosion control design and installation, landscape construction, and retaining wall design and installation. Tom has a number of certifications in professional erosion and sediment control courses and has been recognized with awards in landscape design. He is a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for the International Erosion Control Association and has also published Landscape Revitalization Reports for communities in North Idaho.
Denna is an Idaho native with a Landscape Architecture degree from University of Idaho. She has several years' experience conducting environmental assessments and NEPA documentation. As Public Outreach Analyst for the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality, Denna currently provides community involvement and education services regarding the Bunker Hill Superfund Cleanup. For seven years, Denna has served SEEP as a volunteer, board member, and trainer. The highlight of SEEP for her, is the opportunity to encourage collaboration among professionals in construction, design, engineering, and government.
J. Allen Isaacson
Allen began working in college as a Missoula Smoke Jumper and spent two years as a Conservation Officer for Idaho Fish and Game. After returning to graduate school, Allen spent the next 20 years as a supervisory hydrologist with the Idaho Panhandle National Forests administering soil and water programs. The next 21 years were spent as a college instructor at the Water Resource Program at Spokane Community College. Here he taught hydrology, groundwater hydrology, water law, water quality, and fisheries classes. He has a B.S. in Forest Management, B.S. in Finance and an M.S. in Aquatic Ecology. Allen was raised in North Idaho and has lived in Coeur d'Alene since 1966.
Kristin Larson received her B.S. in Biology in 1991 at Colorado State University and her M.S. in Soil Science in 1995 at Montana State University. Her M.S. thesis looked at the fate and transport of arsenic in the shallow aquifer of the Madison River Valley. Her experience since then has included University of Idaho Extension Service in Boise working with the agriculture community helping them implement Best Management Practices to protect surface and ground water quality. From there she went to work for Montana State University as a Water Quality specialist for the Extension Service. There, she primarily worked on water quality issues related to coal bed methane gas development. Prior to coming to work for Idaho DEQ, she worked for the Montana Water Center at Montana State University working for, then administering the Wild Fish Habitat Initiative project, which focused on stream restoration targeted to native fish in the Western United States. Currently, Kristin is in Coeur d’Alene working as a Watershed Coordinator developing TMDLs, working with watershed groups, and agency partners to implement water quality protection primarily in the Coeur d’Alene Lake tributaries, Pend Oreille Lake nearshore and tributaries and the Pend Oreille River.
Brent is a native Idahoan and grew up in the Boise area. He attended Boise State University and the University of Idaho with a background in Forestry, Plant Science, and Geology. After attending school, Brent worked with the Bureau of Land Management as a land surveyor, the Forest Service in the Payette National Forest and the State of Idaho Department of Lands in Sandpoint. he started Leonard's Horticultural Services, a Design Build Landscape Company in 1988, which operated until 2000. Brent is the President and General Manager of North Idaho Hydroseeding, Inc. established in 1991. North Idaho Hydroseeding is Public Works Licensed and is involved with a wide variety of site disturbance, stormwater management, erosion control, and remediation work.
Greg is the owner/operator of Gregory Limandri Excavating. He is an independent contractor specializing in residential and recreational properties around Coeur d'Alene Lake, Hayden Lake, and the Spokane River. Greg specializes in waterfront shoreline stabilization and erosion control as well as site surface water management. He is a licensed complex sewer installer specializing in sewer and water replacement as well as new installation including Geoflow subsurface systems, drip systems, biodiffuser systems, and infiltrator domes. In nearly 30 years of operation, Greg has established a solid reputation for solving some of the most challenging properties imaginable.
Marie works as Outreach Coordinator for the Community Water Resource Center at the University of Idaho in Coeur d'Alene. She holds a bachelors degree in Environmental Science and a masters degree in Natural Resources, both from the University of Idaho. Marie loves all things water, but is especially fond of aquatic macroinvertebrates. She's been involved with SEEP since 2014. When she's not teaching classes on stormwater and erosion control, Marie can be found in the mountains with her dog, Juniper.
Current and Past Contributors
- Center for Watershed Protection
- Citizen Contribution
- Coeur d'Alene Stormwater Utility
- Department of Environmental Quality
- Idaho Soil Conservation Commission
- Lakes Highway District
- Pacific Northwest Chapter International Erosion Control Association
- Post Falls Highway District
- Post Falls Public Works
- Sandpoint Public Works
- Shoshone County
- Trans Canada Corporation
- Tri-State Water Quality Council
- Wal-Mart Corporation