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, university and agency representatives. This group provides SEEP with a balance of ideals and a proactive committee. The University of Idaho Coeur d'Alene carries out the administrative duties as directed by the Steering Committee.
Code of Conduct
The Panhandle SEEP Code of Conduct is in place to ensure those who pursue the certification find value in their effort. Certification is a privilege granted to qualified individuals meeting the requirements. Certification also carries with it the responsibility of maintaining the value and integrity of the program.
As a function of maintaining my SEEP certification, I agree to the following:
- I will work to keep myself current and informed of new concepts in stormwater and erosion-sediment control and abreast of changing regulations
- I will conduct my activities with honesty and integrity
- I will be diligent in my efforts to educate my clients on the benefits of stormwater, erosion and sediment controls
- I will endeavor to assist others in my profession by relaying accurate and true information
- I will engage in acts that will minimize the impacts to protect our water resources
- I will represent my SEEP certification accurately as a voluntary educational accomplishment and commitment to continued learning in the field of stormwater, erosion and sediment control.
Purpose and Benefits
- Increase skill and knowledge levels in the stormwater and erosion fields
- Foster communication and collaboration between industry, agencies, and landowners
- Protect resources, including people, water and the economy
- Develop a local pool of experts as resources for the development community
- Change current perceptions in development practices
- Increase skill and marketability to clients
- Develop a thorough understanding of what methods work and when
- Be able to troubleshoot your own construction site
- Protect your resources
- Increase agency effectiveness and efficiency by reducing time consuming and costly enforcement actions
- Learn side-by-side with contractors for a consistent approach
- Be able to communicate effectively with contractors
- Be more confident that erosion control methods will be correctly installed on site
- Water quality is protected
- Struggles between neighbors and contractors are minimized
- Growth does not outpace quality of life
J. Allen Isaacson 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, Isaacson 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. Isaacson was raised in North Idaho and has lived in Coeur d'Alene since 1966.
Gregory Limandri is the owner/operator of Gregory E. Limandri Excavating and has been in business in North Idaho for almost 40 years. He is an independent contractor focusing on 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. Greg is a licensed complex sewer installer and a master in sewer and water replacement and new installation including Geoflow subsurface systems, drip systems, biodiffuser systems, ADS SB2 direct subsurface disposal systems and evapotranspirational ponds. Over the years, Greg has established a solid reputation in the area for solving some of the most challenging properties imaginable. He was a valued member of the board that developed the Stormwater and Erosion Education Program (SEEP) from 2005-2007 and has remained a member of the board and the Lead Field Instructor.
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, Larson 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.
Marie Schmidt 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. Schmidt 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, Schmidt can be found in the mountains with her dog, Juniper.
Brent Leonard 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, Leonard 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. Leonard 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.
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. Blankenship 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. Blankenship 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. Blankenship is an active member of the Idaho Society of Professional Engineers and has worked as a SEEP trainer since 2008.
Erik Brubaker is currently an assistant planner with Bonner County where he started working in 2005 as a compliance investigator. Prior to moving to North Idaho, Brubaker 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, Brubaker lived in Wyoming where he conducted cutthroat trout research for the U.S. Forest Service in the mountains surrounding Jackson Hole. Brubaker settled in Wyoming after graduating from Mansfield University in 1999 with a B.S. in Biology with a focus on fisheries management. Brubaker spent his childhood days in the forests and streams of the ridge and valley region of central Pennsylvania.
Jamie Brunner 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. Brunner 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 Freeman is a licensed Landscape Architect registered with the state of Idaho and has over 30 years of experience in the landscape field. Freeman 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. Freeman 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.
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