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Green Infrastructure

Fabco Products Complement Green Infrastructure Design

Fabco filtration products can be incorporated into green infrastructure types of designs and applications including bio-filtration, rain gardens, rainwater harvesting, detention systems, vegetated swales or subsurface infiltration systems where stormwater is returned to the groundwater system or harvested for reuse rather than discharged to surface water or a combined sewer system.

Our high flow filtration products can collect and remove a variety of priority stormwater pollutants increasing the life expectancy of the green infrastructure design and reducing long term maintenance requirements and costs.


Stormsack Catch Basin Insert

FocalPoint Biofiltration System


The Challenge

The Save the Rain program launched by Onondaga County is a comprehensive plan to cleanup and restore Onondaga Lake. The program includes construction of traditional gray infrastructure projects and the development of an innovative green infrastructure program to reduce the effects of stormwater pollution on the lake and its tributaries. By reducing the amount of stormwater going into city sewers through the use of “green” technologies, the County hopes to reduce the need for and cost of any future “gray” facilities, while still minimizing the number of Combined Sewer Overflows.

The Solution

A key component of the County’s Save the Rain initiative is the use of infiltration strips along Syracuse residential streets. Existing curb lines are extended into the street to create a green subsurface infiltration strip into which stormwater is diverted. To extend the life of the subsurface infiltration strips and to collect trash and debris, Fabco StormSack catch basin filters were installed in the catchbasins draining to the infiltration strips. Outlet pipes at the bottom of the catchbasins were sized to discharge all but the most infrequent of storm flows into the perforated pipe infiltration systems. This redirecting of storm flows will eliminate 2.25M gallons of stormwater per year from entering the combined sewer system. This initiative in concert with many others being implemented across the city will dramatically reduce the CSOs into Onondaga Lake.