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Our Mission

The North American Stormwater and Erosion Control Association of Wisconsin (NASECA-WI) is a Wisconsin-based 501c3 non-profit professional membership association dedicated to offering low-cost, high quality continuing education and networking programs to those in the field of erosion and sediment control and stormwater management.

Each year, NASECA-WI hosts an Annual Conference & Trade Show in early February; Field Event in Rice Lake, WI in September; and an Erosion Control Permit Compliance Training in late November/early December. NASECA-WI may also host other events throughout the year.

NASECA-WI is governed by a nine-member board of directors from public and private sectors of the industry. In addition, a number of committees served by both the board of directors and members are actively engaged in carrying out the goals of the organization.

View our 2017 Annual Report

Board of Directors

Eric Rortvedt, P.E., NASECA-WI President
DNR South Central Region, Fitchburg, WI

Eric Rortvedt, PE is a Water Resources Engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. Eric obtained a B.S. degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a registered Professional Engineer. He has worked for the DNR in WPDES permitting since 1992 and for the last 20 years in the stormwater program as an engineer and program coordinator. Eric reviews erosion control and stormwater management plans, helped in drafting chs. NR 151 and 216, Wis. Adm. Code, and construction site, industrial and municipal stormwater discharge permits.

Email: eric.rortvedt@nasecawi.org

Jeremy Balousek, P.E., NASECA-WI Vice President
Dane County Land and Water Resources Dept., Madison, WI

Jeremy Balousek has worked for the Dane County Land and Water Resources Department in Madison, Wisconsin since 1997. In his position as Division Manager, he is responsible for leading the implementation of the countywide erosion control and stormwater management programs. Jeremy received his B.S. and M.S. in Soil and Water Engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Email: jeremy.balousek@nasecawi.org

Ben Nelson, NASECA-WI Secretary
Environmental Scientist, Montgomery Associates Resource Solutions, Cottage Grove, WI

Ben Nelson is an environmental scientist with Montgomery Associates Resource Solutions in Cottage Grove. He has served as a Board Member for NASECA-WI since 2008. He is a graduate of UW-Platteville with a degree in Reclamation with over eleven years of experience working as a consultant on projects in Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest. He has used his education and professional experience on civil and environmental engineering projects to assist his clients with stormwater and erosion control permitting, waterway permitting, water quality studies, groundwater studies, subsurface investigations, stormwater management analysis and design, and construction plans and specifications.

Email: ben.nelson@nasecawi.org, ben@ma-rs.org

Joshua Harder, P.E., NASECA-WI Treasurer
Erosion Control Engineer, Dane County Land Conservation, Madison, WI

Josh Harder is an Erosion Control Engineer with Dane County’s Land and Water Resources Department. He has been with Dane County since 2003 and has held the position of Erosion Control Engineer since 2005. Josh graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering. He is a member of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Wisconsin.

Email: josh.harder@nasecawi.org

Derek Hoffman, P.E.
Owner – Earth and Road, Baraboo, WI

Derek Hoffman is owner of Earth & Road Corporation, a national distributor of environmental products and provider of environmental compliance services. Derek earned his degree in Civil Engineering at Purdue University, where he also attained an MBA. Throughout his 20+ years in the industry, he has become intimately familiar with the strict laws enacted by the federal government, states, counties and provinces when earth moving construction and stormwater management are involved. When not hard at work, Derek enjoys fishing, boating, spending time with his family, playing Euchre, and watching National Lampoon’s movies.

Email: derek.hoffman@nasecawi.org, dhoffman@earthandroad.com

Gil Layton
Layton Environmental, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Gil Layton is proprietor of Layton Environmental, specializing in erosion control and stormwater management. He has 38 years of experience with WisDOT as a project manager in both design and construction for major transportation projects, and most recently served as the department’s erosion control and stormwater support person. As the Chairperson for the WisDOT Erosion Control and Storm Water team, he helped lead WisDOT through major changes in erosion control standards, new product selection, new specifications, and training. He also was a founding member of North American Stormwater and Erosion Control Association.

Email: gil.layton@nasecawi.orglaytonenv@wctc.net

Mary Jo Webster
La Crosse, WI

Mary Jo Webster’s 22-year career in the erosion control and storm water field began in 1992 upon graduation from UW – Platteville with a major in Reclamation and Crop and Soil Science. She spent 6 years working for the State of Wisconsin as the statewide construction site erosion control consultant for Safety and Building Division. She spent the remainder of her career as the Urban Conservation Specialist for La Crosse County Dept. of Land Conservation. While at La Crosse County, she was responsible for the implementation of erosion control, storm water, non-metallic mine reclamation, and MS4 programs.

Mary Jo retired in 2014. She currently serves on the board as a representative from the La Crosse Urban Stormwater Group. Prior to retirement, she maintained certifications as Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC), Certified Professional in Storm Water Quality (CPSWQ) and Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CISEC).

Email: maryjo.webster@nasecawi.org

Jay Settersten
SetterTech Natural Environment Technologies, Madison, WI

Jay Settersten is the president of SetterTech, LLC and a graduate from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He has experience in erosion control and storm water management including water infiltration and sedimentation in urban situations, shoreline management, prairie restoration/establishment, erosion control systems, permitting and planning. Jay has worked to establish plant science in the world of erosion control and storm water management over his 25-year career. He previously served as President of NASECA-WI and also sits on the Wisconsin Land Improvement Contractors Association Board of Directors. Jay has worked with private, commercial and municipal sectors over his tenure and his personal mission is to make land and water stewardship a priority for all.

Email: jay.settersten@nasecawi.org, jay@settertech.com

Wendy Braun, P.E.
DTSD-Bureau of Equity/Environmental Services, Madison, WI

Wendy Braun has worked with the Department of Transportation for the past 7 years. She started in construction as the Assistant Field engineer then moved to the Environmental team in the Southeast Region of WisDOT as the Storm water and Erosion Control Engineer. She was promoted to Central Office Bureau of Equity and Environmental Services as Stormwater Engineer and has continued with Erosion and Sediment control. She has worked extensively with larger construction projects in the state including the Marquette Interchange and St. Croix Bridge. Prior to WisDOT, she was employed as a Civil Engineer for Central Engineers and Northern Environmental conducting tasks such as designing drainage, sanitary, and storm sewer for roads, subdivisions and LUST cleanups.

Email: wendy.braun@nasecawi.orgwendy.braun@dot.wi.gov

Kristie Kasbohm, NASECA-WI Executive Director
Madison, WI

Kristie Kasbohm is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She has worked in the non-profit arena since 2000 in a variety of settings including: performing arts, healthcare, and environmental with experience in a number of capacities including: financial, membership, fundraising, marketing, graphic design, volunteer management, and strategic development. Kristie has served as the Executive Director of the North American Stormwater and Erosion Control Association of Wisconsin since 2012.

Email: kristie.kasbohm@nasecawi.org

NASECA-WI Committees, Liaisons, and Memberships

NASECA-WI is pleased to bring together industry professionals to serve on committees and as liaisons in order to help bring positive change to erosion control and stormwater management in Wisconsin.

Please contact us with your interest in serving on one of the NASECA-WI committees listed below.

The Executive Committee shall be comprised of the officers (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary) and Executive Director. This Committee shall evaluate and adjust goals of the organization as appropriate.

The Executive Committee generally has a conference call before the June board of directors meeting.

  • Chair: Eric Rortvedt (President)
  • Jeremy Balousek (Vice-President)
  • Josh Harder (Treasurer)
  • Ben Nelson (Secretary)
  • Kristie Kasbohm (Executive Director)

The Budget and Finance Committee shall be comprised of the Treasurer (Chair), Executive Director and one additional member appointed by the President. This Committee has the power to allocate investment funds in accordance with approved budgets, open and close of financial accounts, and authorize spending necessary to carry out the duties of the Committee. All business of the following classes shall be automatically referred to the Committee: development and maintenance of the annual budget, allocation of unbudgeted capital resources, unbudgeted revenue generation, acceptance and awarding of grants, and special rules of order related to association finances. The Committee will provide quarterly budget status reports and a year end budget report.

The Finance and Budget Committee meets by phone and email on an as-needed basis. There are no term limits to the chair or member positions of this standing committee.

  • Chair: Josh Harder, Dane County Land and Water Resources
  • Derek Hoffman, Earth & Road
  • Jay Settersten, SetterTech
  • Kristie Kasbohm, NASECA-WI

The chair of the Annual Conference Committee is to be appointed by the President of NASECA-WI and shall be supported on the Committee by at least two representatives from the board of directors and NASECA-WI members. There are no term limits to the chair or member positions of this standing committee.

The purpose of this Committee is to organize the NASECA-WI Annual Conference in a manner that supports professional enhancement by meeting the educational needs and networking opportunities requested by professionals in the stormwater and erosion control industry. This Committee will ensure that organization’s founding mission of providing high-quality, low-cost education is carried out in the planning of the NASECA-WI Annual Conference. The Annual Conference is typically held during the first week of February.

The Annual Conference Committee typically meets by phone once per month from April-August and twice per month from September-January.

  • Chair: Wendy Braun, WisDOT
  • Ben Nelson, Montgomery Associates-Resource Solutions
  • Eric Rortvedt, Wisconsin DNR

The chair of the Project Committee is to be appointed by the President of NASECA-WI and shall be supported on the committee by a President-appointed co-chair and at least four other representatives from the board of directors and NASECA-WI members from various employer types in the erosion control and stormwater industry. There are no term limits to the chair or member positions of this standing committee.

The purpose of this Committee is to identify and resolve public problems in which implementing erosion control and stormwater management practices is the solution. This will be accomplished by: identifying a problem; developing a plan; partnering with various included groups, consultants, manufacturers, and others as needed to solve the problem; obtaining funding; and providing post-project reports and analysis.

  • NASECA-WI board member/Chair: Wendy Braun, DOT
  • Co-chair: Maureen McBroom, Ruekert-Mielke (consultant/engineer)
  • Manufacturer: Peter Tonn, Silt Sock
  • Supplier: Mike Nelson, American Excelsior
  • Academic: Paul McGinley, UWSP/UW-Ext.
  • Contractor: Pat Dixon, Dixon Shoreline

The chair of the Website Committee is to be appointed by the President of NASECA-WI and and shall be supported on the Committee by at least two representatives from the board of directors and NASECA-WI members. There are no term limits to the chair or member positions of this standing committee.

The purpose of this Committee is to oversee development and content of the NASECA-WI website. This committee primarily communicates via email on an as needed basis and may hold in-person meetings as needed.

  • Chair: Jeremy Balousek, Dane County Land and Water Resources
  • Josh Harder, Dane County Land and Water Resources
  • Ben Nelson, Montgomery Associates-Resource Solutions

The chair of the Membership Committee is to be appointed by the President of NASECA-WI and shall be supported on the Committee by at least two representatives from the board of directors and NASECA-WI members. There are no term limits to the chair or member positions of this standing committee.

The purpose of this Committee is to promote the recruitment and retention of NASECA-WI members. The Committee shall work to develop benefits that support members in their professional role. The Membership Committee typically meets by phone on an as needed basis.

  • Chair: Mary Jo Webster
  • Josh Harder, Dane County Land and Water Resources
  • Eric Rortvedt, Wisconsin DNR

The chair of the Standards Committee is to be appointed by the President of NASECA-WI and shall be supported on the Committee by at least three representatives from the board of directors and NASECA-WI members. There are no term limits to the chair or member positions of this standing committee.

The purpose of this Committee is to provide input to the Standards Oversight Council on draft standards with regard to issues surrounding stormwater management and erosion control.

The Standards Committee typically communicates via email and may meet prior to board meetings on an as needed basis.

  • Chair: Jeremy Balousek, Dane County Land and Water Resources
  • Gil Layton, Layton Environmental
  • Ben Nelson, Montgomery Associates-Resource Solutions
  • Mary Jo Webster

The chair of the Programs and Funding Committee is to be appointed by the President of NASECA-WI and shall be supported on the Committee by at least two representatives from the board of directors. There are no term limits to the chair or member positions of this standing committee.

The purpose of this Committee is to improve current and future programs and program funding through analysis of past program’s attendance, evaluation results, and profit and loss in addition to research of current and potential audiences and funding sources. This Committee is responsible for the enhancement of current and development of new NASECA-WI program and program funding communication practices.

The Program and Funding Committee typically communicates via email and may meet prior to board meetings on an as needed basis.

  • Chair: Gil Layton, Layton Environmental
  • Jeremy Balousek, Dane County Land and Water Resources
  • Jay Settersten, SetterTech

The UW-Extension Partnership liaisons shall be made up of at least one representative of UW-Extension and at least one NASECA-WI President-appointed representative from the NASECA-WI board of directors. There are no term limits to these positions.

The duties of these liaisons are to support the mutual programs and opportunities of UW-Extension and NASECA-WI through marketing and program development, which may include identifying and securing program speakers. The liaisons primarily communicate via email on an as needed basis and may hold in-person meetings as convenient.

  • Paul McGinley, UW-Extension
  • Jay Settersten, SetterTech

The liaison to the Urban Forestry Council is to be appointed by the President of NASECA-WI upon being appointed by the Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources. The DNR has set a term of 2 years for this position; there are no term limits set by NASECA-WI to the position of this standing committee.

The duties of the liaison are to inform the NASECA-WI board of directors of activity of the Urban Forestry Council and present opportunities for collaboration as they arise. The liaison attends Urban Forestry Council meetings as scheduled.

  • Wendy Braun, WisDOT

Clear Waters Initiative Green Tier Member

NASECA-WI became a member of Clear Waters Initiative Green Tier in 2018. As a member of Clear Waters Initiative, NASECA-WI will attend organizational meetings, tours, and contribute its collective knowledge and resources to the betterment of stormwater and erosion control practices in and around Dane County, WI.

Our Story

July 22, 2003

The first board meeting of NASECA-WI was held in Tomah, WI

August 2003

NASECA of Manitoba forms

December 18, 2003

Hosted first event “Urban Runoff Workshop,” a one day program in Madison, WI

January 28, 2004

First Annual Conference held in Madison, WI

September 16, 2004

Hosted the first of many field events at the American Excelsior ErosionLab in Rice Lake

August 4, 2005

Hired Event Planner

February 1, 2006

NASECA-WI incorporated as a 501c6 not for profit organization

December 1-2, 2010

Hosted the first NASECA-WI Construction Site Erosion Control and Stormwater Permit Compliance Training in Madison, WI

February 13, 2012

Hired Executive Director

April 2012

North Dakota Chapter of NASECA formed

July 20, 2016

NASECA-WI obtained 501c3 not for profit status

February 1-2, 2017

Moved Annual Conference from Madison due to increasing attendance
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