Vitamin Institute President Patrisha Thomson and Company Product Specialist Ryan Toomey were proud to support and attend an innovative soil seminar, Sustainable Solutions for Soil Erosion and Sediment Control. Presented by Mike Harding with the City of Irvine Department of Public Works on December 15th. During this two-day master class and field demonstration, construction professionals from across Southern California came to renew certifications and share industry knowledge. During the event Patrisha and Ryan learned an incredible amount from the instructors and fellow attendees. They even got their hands on a hydroseeder!
This class was held at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA, former home to El Toro Marine Base. This is one of the largest ongoing construction projects in Southern California. With 688 acres of parkland currently under development, it will be larger than Central Park.
Michael V. Harding was lead instructor for the event. A leading technical expert in the field of erosion and sediment control, Mike played a key role in the emergency soil stabilization efforts following the 1991 Oakland firestorm, the 1993 Southern California fires, and the 2003 and 2007 San Diego County/City Fires. Nationally, his efforts on over 50 emergency response plans have focused on leadership, financial assistance, and technical guidance. Mike is a three-time past president of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA) and Chief of Council for the IECA’s International Regional Council.
Michael’s wealth of experience on the front lines of erosion and soil made this event an invaluable resource to his industry and the environment. His unique soil-first methodology enhanced the awareness of environmental stewardship for all who attended, giving his students a unique approach to addressing erosion, sediment, and our essential soil resource.
Continuing his innovative leadership, Mike has also initiated the Living Soil Alliance (LSA) of which President Patrisha represented Superthrive as a charter member. The Living Soil Alliance was formed to increase education about the depletion of soils, and to provide information, standardization, and business opportunities for products and services related to the sustainability of soil. The knowledge and experience possessed by its diverse membership puts LSA in a unique position to educate design engineers, landscape contractors, and regulatory agents.
Superthrive exhibits annually at International Erosion Control Association Expo.