Berks County, PA Tests Fabco’s StormBasin™

By Jeff Fullmer, Fabco Watershed and Regulatory Services Coordinator

In cooperation with the Berks County Pennsylvania Conservation District (BCCD), Fabco and Exeter Supply Company, its Eastern PA product distribution partner, installed a StormBasin™ Filter Cartridge Catch Basin Insert to demonstrate its operation and maintenance as a decentralized stormwater retrofit best management practice (BMP2:18email).

In February 2013, a 2-cartridge StormBasin™ was installed into a drop inlet catch basin in the parking area of the conservation district’s offices in Leesport, PA as a component of the district’s innovative effort to develop and maintain a stormwater BMP interpretive trail. The trail was developed to educate visitors about stormwater management, non-point source pollution and BMP strategies for reducing water pollution that can be implemented at home, at work, or in the community.

After observing the installation process, the BCCD staff monitored the function of the StormBasin™ under different seasons, climates and types of precipitation events. The BCCD later facilitated a maintenance demonstration with Fabco and Exeter during a Stormwater Retrofit Training Session for stormwater managers and engineering consultants led by the non-profit Center for Watershed Protection (http://www.cwp.org/) in October 2013.

The StormBasin™ maintenance demonstration (Click Here for video) included removing collected sediments, floatables and debris from the insert using vactor equipment, changing the filter cartridges, and estimating the amount of material captured by the 

2:18email-2insert and filters over a 9 month time period utilizing a weight scale. Fabco generally recommends biannual clean out of inserts and an annual change of filter cartridges. The StormBasin™ was observed to have functioned as designed during the demonstration period and there were no reported issues with flow even during high volume precipitation events due to its hooded bypass design.  A number of maintenance demonstration observers noted the amount of stormwater pollutants that were captured by the insert and filter cartridges in just 9 months while others commented on the speed of cleaning out the insert using vacuum equipment and replacement of filter cartridges.

Fabco applauds the BCCD (http://berkscd.com/) for taking the initiative to demonstrate various stormwater management practices in the field through its BMP interpretive trail and to provide increased educational opportunities for communities to learn about innovative stormwater practices.78

Delaware River Basin Commission Water Resources 2013 Progress Report

By Jeff Fullmer, Fabco Watershed and Regulatory Services Coordinator

Fabco is proud that the use of its StormSack catch basin filter insert was recently highlighted in the 2013 progress report for the Water Resources Plan for the Delaware River Basin Commission (DRBC).   The DRBC was established in 1961 to manage and protect the water resources of the Delaware River watershed basin and is represented by the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware, New York and New Jersey as well as the Federal Government (DRBC Website).   The DRBC water resources plan is a 30-year goal-based framework adopted in 2004 that will serve as a guide for all governmental and non-governmental stakeholders whose actions affect water resources in the Delaware River Basin.
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The Upper Delaware National Recreation Area managed by National Park Service (NPS) was seeking an effective, low maintenance and easily installed filtration system with minimum investment for some of its facilities with stormwater drainage to the River including the NPS headquarters in Beach Lake, PA and the Delaware Aqueduct Roebling Bridge NPS Historic site at Lackawaxen, PA.   After investigating filtration options, the NPS chose Fabco’s StormSack to prevent stormwater pollutants including sediments, gross debris, and hydrocarbons from entering the River at these NPS managed facilities.

The StormSack installation process was demonstrated by Fabco in September 2012 and was observed by a variety of public and private stakeholders, including other NPS site managers, river conservation groups, and local news media.  Subsequently, the Steamtown NPS National Historic Site decided to install the Fabco StormBasin catch basin insert at its maintenance facility at Scranton, PA.

Fabco applauds the NPS and the DRBC for their initiative and demonstration of how better to protect water resources through the targeted use of catch basin filter inserts as an effective best management practice for stormwater.  Fabco looks forward to reporting on additional applications of this stormwater best management practice (2013 Water Resources Plan Progress Report).